Richmond Home

Student Fulbright Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides graduating college students with an unparalleled opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research for one year in other nations while engaging in rich cultural exchange.  In an increasingly global environment, this experience can be invaluable in inspiring or shaping subsequent career plans. Possible Fulbright grant types include:

Please be aware that you can only apply to one grant.

The Fulbright grants provide round-trip international travel, funding to cover the cost of living in the host country, health and accident insurance, and tuition waivers, if applicable.

Applying for a Fulbright is a competitive process that will require considerable time and dedication. The benefit of applying while attending the University of Richmond is that you have a network of support among faculty and staff willing to assist you in this process. As you consider applying, your first step should be to contact Patrick Schweiger, the on-campus Fulbright advisor, or Anthony Russell , the International Education Faculty Fellow and Fulbright advisor, who will gladly meet to talk through any questions you may have and assist you in narrowing down your topic and/or country of interest.

Outlined below is a brief overview of the eligibility requirements, application process, and important deadlines:


Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold a bachelor's degree by the beginning of the grant start date. Many countries and grant types have unique requirements; please see the "Country Summaries" on the Fulbright website for specific requirements.  UR alumni who are interested in applying for a Fulbright and who have not attended graduate school can apply through the University of Richmond.

Applying through UR

We are here to help UR students and alumni throughout the Fulbright process. Current students and alumni are eligible to apply through the University of Richmond. As you consider applying for a Fulbright, start by carefully reviewing the Fulbright information pages and decide what country and which kind of fellowship you may want to target. Your choices should be guided by what you consider to be your greatest strengths, including for example prior travel experiences, language proficiency, classes you have taken or projects you have been involved with, passions you can document, etc. Throughout the process, on-campus Fulbright advisors are willing to provide feedback and advice as you draft your statements of purpose and personal statements.

Application steps include:

  1. Contacting the Fulbright advisor with your interest in applying;
  2. Submitting your application by the University of Richmond deadline;
  3. Taking part in an interview with an on-campus faculty committee;
  4. Making any necessary revisions or changes to the application prior to submitting the completed application to Fulbright;
  5. Submitting the completed application directly to Fulbright prior to the deadline

For more detailed information about the application process, please see the Fulbright Application Process page.

Fulbright Series

The Office of International Education has put in place a series of Fulbright information sessions and workshops scheduled throughout the academic year. The information sessions will help you better understand what Fulbright is about and what the different grant options entail. The workshops will provide you with very practical advice about the application process, focusing particularly on how to craft strong and persuasive essays.

Important UR application dates and deadlines

UR Fulbright Sessions

  • Feb. 8, 2017: Fulbright Kickoff Event
  • Feb. 15, 2017: General Fulbright Info Session
  • Feb. 23, 2017: General Fulbright Info Session
  • Mar. 23, 2017: Workshop – Research and Study Program
  • Mar. 30, 2017: Workshop – English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program

Dates for the 2018-2019 Application Cycle

  • Apr. 3, 2017: Application Cycle opens for the 2018-2019 award cycle
  • Sep. 1, 2017: University of Richmond application deadline
  • Oct. 6, 2017: Official Fulbright Application deadline

As you can see, there are two deadlines that need to be met. After the first deadline, your materials, including your three letters of reference, will be reviewed by an on-campus committee and an interview will be scheduled for you with the committee. After you receive feedback from the committee, you will have the opportunity to revise your materials one last time before the final deadline.

For more information, please don't hesitate to contact Patrick Schweiger, the on-campus Fulbright advisor, or Anthony Russell, the International Education Faculty Fellow and Fulbright advisor.

Speak with an Advisor

Students and alumni may contact campus Fulbright/Mitchell Fellowship advisor, Patrick Schweiger.