Fulbright Scholar Program
Wilkes University seniors, graduate students and recent graduates may be eligible to apply for a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to study, conduct research or teach in over 140 countries. This flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. government, is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and other countries.
The University’s Fulbright Program adviser, Gina Zanolini Morrison, professor of global cultures, can help you determine if the Fulbright experience may be right for you. She’ll work with you to prepare and navigate the application process.
The Fulbright program gives graduating seniors the opportunity of cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home and everyday life, allowing students to gain a rich appreciation of others’ world views and belief systems. The Fulbright program fosters an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity and intellectual freedom that promotes mutual understanding.
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.
Undergraduate students and recent graduates apply to the U.S. Student Program. Two types of grants are available under the student program:
- English Teaching Assistance awards, which pair U.S. students with classroom teachers in another country;
- research and study awards for those seeking to do specific research or study in other countries.
Special program awards, such as the National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship and the Fulbright-Fogarty Award in Public Health, are also available to U.S. students.
- graduating seniors and recent bachelor’s degree recipients who have some undergraduate preparation and/or direct work or internship experience related to the project;
- master’s and doctoral candidates who demonstrate capacity for independent study or research, and who possess general knowledge of the history, culture and current events of the countries to which they are applying.
- recent alumni: recent alumni of Wilkes are also eligible and are encouraged to apply.
- The program expects to award about 2,200 student grants in 2021-2022.
- The deadline for the 2020-2021 application period is Oct. 13, 2020.
Watch these video tutorials to find out more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
- Natalie Baur ’06 received a Fulbright scholarship to study digital preservation in Latin America. Read her story in the Wilkes Magazine.
- James Alfano ’15 received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to teach English in Taiwan. Read his story in Wilkes news.
- Michael A. Steele, Ph.D., professor of biology and H. Fenner Chair of Research Biology, received a Fulbright Fellowship in Mexico.
For More Information
For more information about the Fulbright Program, contact:
Gina Zanolini Morrison, Ph.D.
Fulbright Program Adviser