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Application Timeline

Students typically start the application process in April of their junior year, continuing over the summer and into their senior year. Fulbright awardees usually begin the program in the fall after graduation.


  • Attend a Fulbright information session. After the general presentation, you will have the chance to ask questions about the program, and you will hear from a faculty member familiar with the Fulbright program and process.
  • Fulbright application cycle officially opens.


  • Begin reviewing program and country information. Determine whether you are interested in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) or the Fulbright research grant, as you may apply for one or the other, but not both.
  • If you are interested in the ETA, review available destinations and any language/background eligibility requirements required.
  • If you are interested in the study/research grant, start brainstorming project possibilities and any country-specific application requirements.
  • Join a Fulbright Writing Group (optional).


  • If you are applying for the study/research grant, select a UR faculty member who knows you well and/or who has experience in the field in which you are applying to serve as your mentor.
  • Start working on a draft of your proposal and statement of purpose and submit the draft to your faculty mentor and to the Fulbright campus representative.
  • Begin working on your affiliation - pinpoint possible affiliations and start sending out messages describing your project and goals.
  • If you are applying for the ETA, it is not as critical to have a faculty mentor (and you don't need an affiliation), but you should also start drafting your personal statement and proposal. Submit these to the Fulbright campus representative and to a faculty mentor if you have selected one and possibly to the writing center for review and advice.
  • For either the research or ETA, submit a copy to Patrick Schweiger, Fulbright advisor at UR.


  • Continue to edit and fine-tune your proposal and personal statement. If you are applying for the study/research grant, work toward finalizing your affiliation. You should request your three recommendations.
  • Students applying for either award should make sure to request any foreign (study abroad) transcripts or community college transcripts. Since transfer credit at Richmond reflects only the credit but not the grade, and Fulbright requires evidence of credit, course titles, and grades, original transcripts are required.
  • You may also wish to begin working on the other components of the online application (abstract, personal details, etc.) via the Fulbright EMBARK online application system.


  • Put the final touches on your application. Attend any work sessions scheduled on campus.
  • Check in with your faculty to make sure they are working on the recommendations.
  • For Fulbright: if you're applying for the study/research grant, check in with the Fulbright campus representative to confirm that your affiliation letter has arrived. Affiliation letters of support must be original letters. Faxes, copies of letters, and e-mails are not acceptable.
  • You will be contacted to set up a campus interview. All attempts will be made to avoid having to miss class, but this is not guaranteed.


  • Final Fulbright Deadline - no further changes may be made to your application after this date


The University of Richmond campus deadline is Aug. 31, 2016.

Find out More

Students and alumni may contact campus Fulbright program advisor, Patrick Schweiger. The Fulbright brochure and application are available in the Office of International Education.