The Fulbright Hays and Fulbright IIE competitions are now open.

Rutgers graduate students have two different Fulbright opportunities that they may be eligible to apply for:  The Fulbright IIE US Student Program and the Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant.

Below are the details on both programs and the application process for students in the School of Graduate Studies.  You may be eligible to apply for both programs or just one.  If you are eligible to apply for both, you are encouraged to do so.

Whether you plan to apply for one or both grants, please notify Assistant Dean Teresa Delcorso-Ellmann of your intention to apply and schedule application review appointments for assistance with the development of your application materials.


Fulbright IIE


Graduate students who are US citizens who have not yet earned their terminal degree by the national deadline.  Applicants may apply for a grant to spend an academic year abroad for research, study or to assist teaching English as a second language.

Competition Details

The 2019-2020 competition opened on April 2nd.  The national deadline is October 9, 2018 and our on-campus deadlines are detailed in the chart below:




Fulbright IIE competition opens

Monday, April 2, 2018

Monday, April 2, 2018

Initiate your application in the Embark System

April -August 2018 (Ideally, April-June)

April -August 2018 (Ideally, April-June)

On-Campus Deadline

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

On-Campus Interviews

September 12-17, 2018

September 20-21, 2018

Post Interview Meeting

September 24-28, 2018

September 24-28, 2018

Final Submission Deadline

Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018

National Deadline

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The application package will include a completed application form, a statement of grant purpose (2 pages), a personal statement (1 page), three letters of recommendation, transcripts and a letter of support from your overseas  institutional host, if you are applying for the research grant.  You can find more details on the application for the research/study grant here and the ETA (English Teaching Assistantship) here.  Please visit the IIE Getting Started Page to initiate your application.  Your application will be developed and submitted through the IIE Embark Application Portal.  At your earliest convenience, be sure visit the application portal and set up your account.  After you set up your application in Embark, you will be able to work on the application.  As you do, when you respond to question 4A, you will be prompted to select your institution.  You should select Rutgers, Graduate so that you will appear in my application portal.

Compiling a competitive application takes time.  A competitive application is one that reflects a careful consideration of your motivations to apply for the grant, your program of research or study or your motivations to teach English as a second language.  Now is a good time to research the opportunity and your options.  My office and staff are available to help you navigate the process.

As you research your host country options, be sure to spend time reviewing the host country descriptions and you may find it helpful to consult the program statistics.  Additionally, consult with your faculty about your interest in applying for a Fulbright.  They will be an invaluable resource to you from helping you to identify a potential host to crafting your application materials.

On the GradFund website, you may find it helpful to work with our Fulbright IIE Resource Page and our blog posts that offer advice on applying to the Fulbright IIE.


Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant


Institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under this program. As part of the application process, students submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then submits all eligible individual student applications with its grant application to the U.S. Department of Education. A student is eligible to receive a DDRA fellowship from their IHE if he or she:

  • is a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States;
  • is a graduate student in good standing at an IHE;
  • is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral degree program in modern foreign languages and area studies at that institution when the fellowship period begins; 
  • is planning a teaching career in the United States upon completion of his or her doctoral program; or
  • possesses sufficient foreign language skills to carry out the dissertation research project.

Program Features

The institutional project period is 18 months. Students may request funding for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months. Funds support travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research; maintenance and dependent allowances based on the location of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s); an allowance for research related expenses overseas; and health and accident insurance premiums. Projects may focus on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).

Competition Details

May 16, 2018

US Department of Education posts application notice.

May 2018

Notify Assistant Dean Delcorso-Ellmann of your intention to apply for the Fulbright Hays during the FY 2018 competition cycle.

May 2018

Set up your application in the US Department of Education’s G5 application portal.

Late May 2018 - early June (recommended)

Schedule a Fulbright Hays Help with a Funder Consultation with a GradFund fellowship adviser to discuss your project and strategies for writing a competitive Fulbright Hays application.

Early June 2018 (recommended)

Schedule a Fulbright Hays Application Essay Conference with Assistant Dean Delcorso-Ellmann to receive feedback on your draft application materials.

June 11-19 (required)

Mandatory Application Review Appointment with Assistant Dean Delcorso-Ellmann.  To schedule an appointment, visit the Meet with Us section of the GradFund website. Book an Application Essay Conference with Assistant Dean Delcorso-Ellmann and in the additional information section of the booking form, and be sure to indicate that you are scheduling a Fulbright Hays Application Package Review.

June 21, 2018 at 9am ET

On-campus deadline.

July 2, 2018

National deadline.

On the GradFund website, you may find it helpful to work with our Fulbright Hays Resource Page and our blog posts that offer advice on applying to the Fulbright Hays.

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