Fulbright: An Inspirational and Inclusive Community

Are you a U.S. citizen with a disability interested in applying for a Fulbright grant? Attend the webinar for applicants with disabilities on Friday, June 12, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET. More »

Fulbright-Millennial Trains Project Participants

The U.S. Department of State selected the following six Fulbright Foreign Students to participate in the third Millennial Trains Project (MTP) voyage across the United States — leaving from Los Angeles, California on May 21 and ending More »

It Takes a Fulbright Village: My Journey Toward Becoming an Effective Fulbright Program Adviser

I have never been one to shy away from a challenge, but helping students devise the “right strategy” for applying for a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award has been a daunting task. More »

Building a Boy a Bionic Arm: The Spirit of Shared, Open Sourced Technology

I am convinced we live in an ever shrinking world. Following my bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at the University of Central Florida (UCF), my research professor, Dr. Seetha Raghavan, More »

Livin’ La Vida Caleña

This was it: Thursday night at Tin Tin Deo. I was embracing la vida caleña, or Cali lifestyle, venturing into the “salsa capital of the world” by visiting the legendary salsa bar More »


About to Submit a Fulbright-Clinton Application? Join Today’s Webinar on Polishing Your Application.


Johanna Gusman, 2014-2015, Fulbright-Clinton Fellow to Samoa

Join U.S. Department of State and Fulbright U.S. Student Program staff at 12:00 p.m. ET today for a webinar offering tips and advice on finalizing your Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship application.

This will be the final Q&A webinar for all Fulbright-Clinton applicants before the national deadline of October 13. To register, click here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5138903311300729346

Want to hear previous Fulbright-Clinton webinars or listen to the recorded version of today’s webinar later on? Click here.

Good luck!


About to Submit Your Fulbright U.S. Student Program Application? Make Sure You Review These Checklists.

The deadline for the 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition is Tuesday, October 13, 2015 (5:00 p.m., Eastern Time)!

If you’re in the final stretches of completing your online application, make sure you’ve fully reviewed the application checklists since components vary somewhat depending upon the type of Fulbright U.S. Student grant you’re applying for.

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Need some last minute application tips? Check out the following useful tips from current Fulbright-National Geographic Fellow Ryan Bell right here.

Have questions that need answering? Feel free to contact Fulbright U.S. Student Program staff or Embark Support.

What happens next? Click here to read about the selection process.

Good luck!


Making Friends in Unexpected Places

By Philmon Haile, 2014-2015, Jordan

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Philmon Haile, 2014-2015, Jordan (right), with Abu Abed pouring tea after a delicious meal

After arriving in Amman, Jordan for the second time, I was very excited to see my old friends that I had made when I visited in 2013. Most of all, I was excited to reconnect with Abu Abed, the security guard at the language school where I studied during the summer of 2013, which is also the same school where I completed my Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA). I did not tell him I would be coming back, wanting to surprise him. When I walked into the language school, he was shocked, immediately greeting me with kisses.

He is sort of a jack of all trades, and through our conversations, I have learned so much about Jordan’s history, language, and people. I would share stories about my hometown, Seattle. I would tell my story of being resettled in the United States as a refugee when I was a child, and talk about the diversity that makes the United States great and unique.

As a refugee from Eritrea, I connected with Abu Abed because he is one of millions of Palestinian-Jordanians who are refugees of previous conflicts. From our conversations and because of my background, I was inspired to learn more about issues facing current Syrian refugees in Jordan. Combining that desire and my passion for working with youth, after my CLEA, I decided to research the conditions of refugee youth through a research-orientated internship with the UN Refugee Agency.

Dreams and Friendship in Macedonia

By Abigail Jones, 2014-2015, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Macedonia


Abigail Jones, 2014–2015, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Macedonia (fourth from left), helped facilitate the Dreams and Friendship Exchange, a virtual exchange between students at Krste Petkov Misirkov in Bistrica, Macedonia and Ferry Pass Middle School in Pensacola, Florida. In this picture, some of the participants are shown after their last online class in May.

I arrived in Resen, Macedonia in a cab I paid too much for. I stood on the side of the road and called my host teacher from my new cell phone. I had only spoken to Maja twice, but I recognized the smile in her voice through the windshield of her red Volkswagon. My two under-twenty-five-kilo suitcases filled the backseat. I reached for a seatbelt that wasn’t there. Maja’s mother, Sonja, met us in their front yard and gave me the kind of hug I remember when I am asked to summarize my year in Macedonia.

My official Fulbright assignment was to assist in high school English classes. In the fall, I taught with Maja at the high school in Resen. My assignment moved to a music high school in Bitola for the spring. Throughout the year, I also spent two or three days a week at a junior high school in a village outside of Bitola, helping facilitate the pilot of an embassy-sponsored project called the Dreams and Friendship Exchange—a virtual exchange program that promotes English language learning and interethnic, intercultural understanding through partnering students in Macedonia and America.

If I Were You

By Casey Thorne, 2014-2015, Israel

Casey Thorne

Casey Thorne, 2014-2015, Israel

As a classically trained ballet dancer, teacher, scholar, and the Founder/Artistic Director of Inside Out Contemporary Ballet, a professional dance company in the San Francisco Bay Area, I am increasingly aware of how far removed dance is from the every day life of a typical American. In America, unless you are an aspiring young dance student or a professional dancer, most of us have little to no interaction with dance beyond the occasional Zumba class, going to the club, watching “So You Think You Can Dance on TV,” or enjoying Beyoncé’s latest music video. More often than not, we have little to no engagement with dance as an important cultural phenomena that merits scholarly investigation, or as a vital, life affirming art. But why should we care about dance? Why does dance matter? What can it offer us beyond entertainment value or physical fitness? How can it connect us to ourselves and to others? To strangers, to foreigners? To nature? And why, in a world filled with illness, injustice, and poverty, should we invest our time and resources into daily dance practice and performance?

These questions are the motivation behind my Fulbright project entitled “If I Were You.” If I Were You – Project Israel is the second iteration of a long-term international outreach project that enlists the personal experiences and voices of global citizens to illuminate how dance can connect us to our shared humanity. My biggest piece of advice for any aspiring Fulbrighter is to be prepared to change your plans and remember that your work will continue well beyond your Fulbright experience. I admit that after a year of studying, teaching, and choreographing dance in Israel and the West Bank, I have more questions than I have answers. And yet, in spite of all the surprises, disappointments, and stones left unturned, I am a Fulbright alumna who is convinced that dance matters. And it matters, because I have witnessed, time and time again, the inherent ability of dance to expose that which is most personal to us, and also that which is most universal: the motivating rhythms of pain, desire, and love. Dance has the ability to illuminate our shared humanity in a wordless way, and to connect us to the very movement that makes anything alive.