Fulbright Fellowships

If you are interested in traveling abroad for study or research in 2020-2021, plan to attend a Fulbright information session. There are two Fulbright programs available. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is for all graduating seniors and graduate students in all fields and is administered for the U.S. Department of State by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The next competition will be for the 2021-2022 cycle. The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program enables doctoral candidates to conduct dissertation research in modern foreign languages and area studies, and is administered by the U.S. Department of Education (USEd). The next competition will be for the 2021-2022/23 cycle, pending funding availability.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Sessions:

Thursday, January 14 – 10am to 11am

Wednesday, January 27 – 10am to 11am

Thursday, February 11 – 2pm to 3pm

Wednesday, February 27 – 12pm to 1pm

Thursday, March 11 – 10am to 11am

Wednesday, March 31 – 10am to 11am

Thursday, April 15 – 2pm to 3pm

Wednesday, April 28 – 12pm to 1pm

Thursday, May 13 – 10am to 11am

Wednesday, May 26 – 10am to 11am


Fulbright-Hays DDRA Interest Survey:

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA awards for the 2020 fiscal year were announced this August. The next application cycle will likely occur between mid-December 2020 and spring 2021. We do not receive advanced notice on when the cycle will occur, therefore it is important for students to contact us as soon as they can. The expected research window for proposals will be October 1, 2021 – March 30, 2023.

Please complete this short online survey to indicate your interest in the program.

We will update this space with details on information seminars to be held via zoom this fall. We hope to include some events with past fellows.


Fulbright U.S. Student Program Writing Workshops:


Fulbright-Hays DDRA Application Webinar:

Fulbright-Hays DDRA Writing Workshop:

  • TBD

Fulbright U.S. Student
Program Applicants

Basic Requirements

  • must be a U.S. citizen at time of application
  • hold a BA degree or equivalent before the award begins
  • be in good health
  • anyone who has resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the national application deadline is NOT eligible

Important Dates

  • Application Opens: TBD
    • Fulbright Application Portal is open for registration
  • Statement Deadline (optional): TBD
  • Campus Deadline: TBD
    • We strongly recommend applying through UCLA
    • Submit your application on the Fulbright Application Portal and turn in the application checklist with the consent to publish form
    • All application components must be submitted to be eligible for the campus interview
  • Campus Interviews- TBD
    • Campus interviews usually lasts around 20 minutes
    • A campus committee evaluation form will be filled out for each student who participates in an interview
  • Final Campus Deadline: TBD
    • This is the last and final deadline for those who participated in the campus interviews
    • You must submit your application one more time on the Fulbright Application Portal
  • National Deadline: TBD

Helpful Resources and Links

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Application Checklist and Consent to Publish Form

  • Both forms must be filled out and returned Graduate Division’s Fellowship and Financial Services by the campus deadline
  • Either email to uclafellowship@grad.ucla.edu or bring the forms to 1228 Murphy Hall by the campus deadline

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Application Tips

  • General information and tips for each section in the Fulbright application
  • Can only be viewed by the UCLA community

Fulbright U.S. Recommended Timeline

  • Recommended timeline to help with the application process

Fulbright U.S. Student Program E-Application

Fulbright U.S. Student Program website

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Recent Awardee Profiles

You may request for access to view online samples or schedule an appointment to view the following samples at 1228 Murphy Hall:

  • Project Proposals
  • Personal Statements
  • Affiliation letters

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Campus Coordinator at UCLA

Shannon Yu
Fellowships and Financial Services
1228 Murphy Hall
(310) 825-3623

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Fulbright-Hays DDRA Applicants

Basic Requirements

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident at time of application
  • be advanced to doctoral candidacy before your award begins, but you may apply prior to advancing
  • be prepared to conduct dissertation research in modern languages and area studies; projects should deepen research knowledge on and help the nation develop capability in areas of the world not generally included in US curricula. Projects in the US and its territories will not be considered. Western Europe is possible only with connection to a country of another region.
  • be proficient in the language(s) necessary to carry out your research
  • planning a teaching career in the U.S. upon completion of doctoral program
  • there is a competitive preference for research projects conducted in the field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computer science, education (comparative or international), international development, political science, public health, or economics.
  • there is a competitive preference for languages utilized that are not Spanish, French or German


  • TBA (expected to be early winter 2021)

Fulbright-Hays Ineligible Countries

Fulbright-Hays Application Tips
General information and tips for each section in the Fulbright application. Can only be viewed by the UCLA community.

Fulbright-Hays G5 Application Submission Overview
Overview for starting the Fulbright-Hays application.

Fulbright-Hays Scoring Criteria Packet
Can only be viewed by the UCLA community.

Internal review by the UCLA Graduate Division is required for applicants to be nominated to the Department of Education for consideration. Students may not apply without Graduate Division endorsement. Campus deadlines will be announced when the application cycle begins. Revisions to materials, transcripts, language references, faculty references, and letters of affiliation must be submitted by the Final Campus Deadline or the application will be deemed ineligible and disqualified.

Fulbright-Hays E-application
Please note that the e-application website is only available for limited periods. Please reference the maintenance schedule on the e-application website.

Fulbright-Hays Current Awardee Profiles

Fulbright-Hays website

You may schedule an appointment to view the following samples:

  • Project Descriptions
  • Bibliography
  • Letters of Affiliation

Fulbright-Hays DDRA Campus Coordinator at UCLA

Dr. Ross Fenimore
Fellowships and Financial Services
1228 Murphy Hall
(310) 825-3521