Elon University Fulbright Application Process

Visit the official website for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Please note: This page is intended for rising seniors and alumni who are eligible for Fulbright U.S. Student Grants. If you are a first-year or sophomore interested in applying to the Fulbright UK Summer Institutes, please request an appointment with our office to discuss that application process.

To begin the application process in 2020, please attend one of the following sessions:

  • Friday, February 28 from 3:00-4:00 in Powell 108K
  • Tuesday, March 24 from 4:15-5:15 in Powell 108K *CANCELLED*
  • Thursday, April 16 from 4:15-5:15 in Powell 108K *Online Webinar (register here)
  • Monday, May 4 from 12:30-1:30 *Online Webinar (register here)

Applicant Resources


Carefully consider the following before filling out your Intent to Apply form.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen (Fulbright grants are offered through other countries, so international students may be able to apply via their country of permanent residence)
  • Must have obtained a bachelor’s degree before the start of the grant

Qualifications for Competitive Applications

  • Strong academic record
  • Excellent letters of recommendation
  • Study/Research applicants: research experience and strong incentive to study in chosen country or postgraduate program
  • ETA applicants: experience working with youth (teaching, tutoring, coaching, or mentoring) and a strong rationale for teaching in your chosen country
  • Demonstrated experience with cross-cultural adaptation
  • Strong alignment between your proposed project and your future career goals
  • Language skills as specified in the country summary (visit the Fulbright website to begin narrowing down your preferred grants by matching your qualifications with those that the host country is seeking)

Internal Application Process  for 2020-21

If you are applying through Elon, please submit the following materials to fellowships@elon.edu no later than June 1, 2020. (Note: all undergraduates are required to apply through Elon; alumni are strongly encouraged to apply through the university they attended most recently but may also apply at large)

  • Intent to Apply Form 2020
  • Waiver (signed and scanned)
  • Transcript (unofficial transcript from Ontrack is fine)
  • Resume tailored to the Fulbright grant you are pursuing
  • Recent photo of you (for office use only)

We are available to meet with you to discuss your country choice and answer any questions you may have prior to the intent-to-apply deadline. We are also happy to provide feedback on your essay drafts or outlines prior to the fall semester deadlines. We encourage you to plan ahead, but please keep in mind that our availability will be limited in July.

  • Fri., Aug. 14: Fulbright writing workshop from 3:00-4:00 PM EST (live webinar via WebEx – www.elon.edu/webex)
  • Mon., Aug. 24: Due: draft #1 of PS and GS
  • Week of Aug. 24: Conference with primary advisor
  • Friday, Aug. 28: Short Answer Workshop from 4:00-5:15
  • Week of Aug. 31: Conference with primary advisor. Due: draft #2 of PS and GS & draft of short answer questions
  • Week of Sept. 7: Conference with secondary advisor AND Fulbright committee members. Due: draft #3 of PS and GS.
  • Week of Sept. 14: Conference with primary advisor. Due: Draft #4 of PS and GS and short answers. Prepare for Fulbright interview.
  • Monday, Sept. 21: Internal deadline for final application (submit entire application via the application portal no later than 8am)
  • Wed. Sept. 23 – Fri. Oct. 2: Evaluative interviews with Fulbright Campus Committee (final revisions based on committee feedback due one week after your interview and no later than Fri. Oct. 9)
  • Oct. 9: Final deadline for online submission (submit through the official application portal)
  • Tues. Oct. 13: External deadline. You did it! Come relax and enjoy free coffee and treats at The Oak House from 4-5:30 pm.
  • January: Notifications emailed to Fulbright Semi-Finalists recommended by the National Screening Committee
  • March-May: Notifications emailed to Fulbright Finalists who are offered a grant; press release on Fulbright Students who have accepted awards

Resources for Letter of Recommendation Writers

Thank you for supporting a Fulbright applicant by writing letters of recommendation on his or her behalf! You will receive an email from Embark with log-in credentials to submit your reference through Fulbright’s online application system. Below are links to the Fulbright website for instructions on writing and submitting your letter of recommendation.

We also encourage you to visit NIFO’s Information for Letter of Recommendation Writers page for general tips and guidelines for writing letters of recommendation for fellowship applicants. The National and International Fellowships Office can answer your questions about recommendation letters.  We’re also happy to read drafts of references and provide feedback at the request of referees, ideally before you submit your reference through the online system.

Elon’s Fulbright Campus Committee

The Fulbright Committee assists with mentoring, interviewing, and evaluating Elon’s Fulbright applicants, including both current students and alumni applying through Elon University. The following faculty and staff currently serve on the committee:

  • Ann Cahill, Director of National and International Fellowships and Professor of Philosophy, Chair
  • Sarah Krech, Associate Director of National and International Fellowships
  • Amy Allocco, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
  • Crista Arangala, Professor of Mathematics
  • Janelle Decato, Assistant Director of Study Abroad
  • Jennifer Eidum, Assistant Professor of English
  • Shereen Elgamal, Lecturer in Arabic
  • Bob Frigo, Associate Director, Kernodle Center
  • Mina Garcia, Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Jason Kirk, Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies
  • Ketevan Kupatadze, Senior Lecturer in Spanish
  • David McGraw, Assistant Professor of Arts Administration
  • Samuele Pardini, Associate Professor of Italian
  • Glenn Scott, Associate Professor of Communications
  • Jen Uno, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Shanna Van Beek, Communications Manager, Global Education
  • Scott Windham, Associate Professor of German