Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright program in 1946 to foster international understanding through educational exchanges. It was named in honor of Senator J. W. Fulbright and is funded by the U.S. government. The competition is coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards grants to graduating seniors and alumni for study and research abroad with Open Study/Research Awards and through the English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program, which places grantees in schools or universities to supplement local English language instruction.
Please see the program website for specific eligibility requirements, including eligibility restrictions specific to each country.
- Class year: Graduating seniors, recent graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates and young professionals. Must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent by the start of the grant.
- Citizenship: U.S. citizen at the time of application
- GPA: No specific minimum, but must be competitive for admission to chosen graduate program if applying for a Study grant.
Other eligibility guidelines:
- Meet all additional eligibility requirements as outlined by their chosen host countries and award types.
Davidson Fulbright candidates should apply through the campus application process, which begins in the spring semester before the annual application deadline. This process requires an on-campus interview and includes the opportunity to receive feedback to strengthen candidates’ submissions. Campus applications are due in late summer/early fall and the national deadline follows closely thereafter. Fulbright notifies applicants if they have been selected as semi-finalists beginning in December and notifies finalists on a rolling basis beginning in early spring.
The 2020-2021 campus endorsement application process has closed. Students and alumni interested in applying in the future are encouraged to contact Gaylena Merritt, Senior Assistant Director for Fellowships & Scholarships, as soon as possible to discuss their candidacy.
For more information contact the Fellowships and Scholarships Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule a Fellowships & Scholarships advising appointment with Gaylena Merritt, Senior Assistant Director for Fellowships & Scholarships, through Handshake (login required). See the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website for details.
2020 Finalists* - Catherine Cartier (Morocco), Olivia Conley (Spain), Alex Idonije (Taiwan), Alisha Kendrick-Pradhan (Ecuador), Eldina Kucevic (Taiwan), Jason Lu (Tajikistan), AJ Naddaff (Jordan), Mara Papakostas (Taiwan), Caroline Phan (Colombia), Audrey Plimpton (Austria), Emma Slater (Algeria), Alex Strasser (Germany, declined)
* The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the cancellation of certain awards. Final grantee statistics will be released in early 2021.
2019 - Alexa Cole (Colombia), Jalin Jackson (Panama, declined), Emilee Lord (Colombia), Isaac Mervis (South Korea, declined), A.J. Naddaff (Jordan, declined), Hannah Sommerlad (Taiwan), Emma Wilbur (Uzbekistan)
2018 - Katie Ferro (Spain), Alexandra Galdi (South Korea), Kirsten Huffer (Cyprus), Natalie Philips (France), Cole Riggan (Malaysia), Haley Sanner (Nepal), Charlotte Scott (Colombia), Zach Shaver (Botswana), Natalie Skowlund (Colombia), Steffaney Wood (Finland)
2017 - Hayden Bates (Jordan), Varenya Hariharan (Mexico), Arielle Korman (Israel), Adrienne Mathis (Ecuador), Stephanie Mamot (Macau), Catherine Moseley (Argentina), James Stewart (Cameroon)
2016 - Jessica Gumucio (Moldova), Elizabeth Marshall (Malaysia), Lauren Martinez (Colombia), Malissa McSwain (Mexico), Noelle Smith (Mexico)
2015 - Mustafa Abid (Jordan), Catherine "Kaki" Bennett (Luxembourg), Claire Gutermuth (India), Jessie Li (Taiwan), William Mogen (Germany), Hartman Saylor (Germany), Andrew "Drew" Tucker (Spain), India Watkins (Germany)
2014 - Trenita Brookshire Childers '05 (Dominican Republic), Ashley Finger (Luxembourg), Josh Hengen (Malaysia), and Minh Nguyen (Jamaica)
2013 - Yessenia Coto (Brazil), Jean DeOrnellas (South Korea), Alexandra Francis (Jordan), Anja Fries (Spain), Monica Lee (Guatemala), Marja "Beth" Mundy (Finland), Maegan Newell (Germany), Kristine Sowers (Spain)
2012 - Leslie Adkins (Egypt), Ashley Augsburger (Malaysia), Linda Flynn (Morocco), Anna Van Hollen (Egypt, declined)
2011 - Laura Bergner (New Zealand), Mary Gearing (Germany), Madeline Koch (Morocco), Kimberly Larkin (Belgium, declined), Pallavi Penumetcha (Botswana), Malia Wong (Sri Lanka)
2010 - Ananta Bangdiwala (Spain), Stephanie Vertongen (The Netherlands)
2009 - Utsha Khatri (Sri Lanka), Caroline McDermott (Colombia)
2008 - Rachel Heidmann (Germany), Valerie Mason (Austria), Hannah Rogers-Ganter (Germany)
2007 - Nelon Bryant Kirkland (Germany), Lee Ballard (Germany)
2006 - Heather Carmody (Germany), Ted Dawson (Austria), Laura Puckett (Mongolia), Carrie Sloan (Mexico)
2005 - Daniel Coslett (Tunisia), Leslie Thompson (Malaysia)
2004 - Rory Adams (Germany), Eileen Beardsley (Germany)
2003 - Will Humphrey (Austria)
2002 - Mary Katherine Stickel (Austria)
2001 - Michael Daly (Syria), Geoff Evans (Austria), Elizabeth Dederick (Germany), Marcus McFadden (Austria), Derek Neil Politzer (Turkey)
1998 - Jennifer A. Miller (Germany), Daniel M. Guill (Cyprus), Derrick Miller (Germany)
1997 - Salle R. Pemar (Zambia)
1996 - Cynthia Cassell (Austria), Alexis DeVane (Finland)
1995 - Ann Ree S. Mitchell, Eric Rosenbach (Bulgaria)
1994 - Brett Marston (Germany), Anne Zinkle (Germany), Sarah Grant (Germany)
1992 - John Howell (Uruguay), Ashley Mcllwain (Germany), Kristi Mitchem (Costa Rica)
1991 - Trevor M. Wade
1988 - Jon Bokles (West Germany)
1986 - Mary N. Hollowell
1982 - Lee Ann S. Patterson, Marvin Belzer (Finland)
1981 - Robert F. Campany
1980 - Pamela G. Camerra-Rowe, F. E. Heath
1977 - Robert G. Shearer
1976 - Thomas Sando (West Germany), Frederic L. Borch
1974 - Allan Ware
1969 - Kenneth F. Antley
1967 - Thomas Frist (India)
1966 - Albert Keiser
1964 - Henry S. Ackerman, John D. Hall
1963 - John R. McElfresh
1962 - Joseph L. Robinson
1961 - David N. MacKinnon
1958 - C. Grier, Davis, M. H. Rourk
1957 - Charles P. Wright
1955 - Thomas C. Dove
1954 - Paul J. Pinckney, Paul B. Price
1951 - William P. Whitesides
1950 - Charles T. Davis
1947 - William B. Campbell