Fulbright Fellowships

Fubright IIE Top Producers BadgeIf you are interested in traveling abroad for study or research in 2024-2025/2025-26, 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 2025-2026 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 (DoED). The next competition will be for the 2024-2025/26 cycles.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fulbright U.S. UCLA Students Program Recent Awardees

Basic Requirements

Basic Requirements

  • must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent before the start of the grant period
  • some countries have a minimum language proficiency requirement


  • anyone who has resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the national application deadline
  • anyone who currently holds or will hold a doctorate degree by the national application deadline
  • in some cases, it may not be feasible for a dual national to participate in a Fulbright program in the country of their other nationality due to the host country’s law or policy

View additional eligibility requirements. Additionally, please be sure to check the country award page for any additional eligibility criteria and/or special instructions.

Information Session & Workshops

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Sessions:

The 2024-25 application cycle of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is now closed. The 2025-26 application cycle will open in April 2nd 2024. It is highly recommended that you attend an information session in order to become familiar with the Fulbright US Student Program and the campus application procedure.

Below are the dates for upcoming information sessions which will be held via Zoom. Please RSVP using the links below to receive the zoom invitation.

If you are unable to make any of these dates, keep an eye out for more dates coming up. You can also reach out to askgrad@grad.ucla.edu to be put on the Fulbright US Student Program mailing list to receive any important news and updates.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Writing Workshops:


(GWC) and will cover strategies for writing the Fulbright U.S. fellowship application. We will discuss the structure and content of key documents using examples. We will address writing tips for fellowship applications as well as specific advice for this Fulbright fellowship.

Important Dates

Important Dates

Application Opens: April 2 2024

  • Fulbright Application Portal is open for registration. Please navigate to “Applicants”>”Fulbright Online Application” on the official Fulbright page to start an application.
    • Applicants are encouraged to apply through campus. To apply through UCLA, you must select UCLA in the “Country & Award Selection” section of the application. 

Statement Deadline (optional): August 1 at 5:00 PM PT

  • This optional deadline is an opportunity to receive written feedback on your statements from UCLA faculty
  • Required action(s):
    • Save your statements as ONE Word document in the following order:
      • Personal Statement
      • Statement of Grant Purpose
    • Name the file as:
      • For ETA applicants: “[insert First and Last name]_ETA”
      • For study/research applicants: “[insert First and Last name]_StudyResearch_[insert Field of Study]”
    •  E-mail the file to askgrad@grad.ucla.edu
      • Subject line – Fulbright US: Optional Statement Submission

Campus Interview Deadline: September 2 at 4:00 PM PT

  • ALL application components, including letters of recommendation, transcript(s), and affiliation letter(s) (if applicable) must be submitted on the Fulbright portal by this deadline in order to be eligible for the campus interview
  • Required action(s):
    • Submit your application on the Fulbright Application Portal (make sure you selected UCLA as the institution in the “Country & Award Selection” section)
    • Fill out the Fulbright US Campus Interview Intake form and upload the consent to publish form HERE

Campus Interviews: September 24-27

  • Campus interviews for the 2024-25 cycle will be held through Zoom
  • A campus committee evaluation form will be filled out for each student who participates in an interview
  • After the campus interview, applications will be rereleased for last-minute changes

Campus Deadline: October 7, 4:00 PM PT

  • This is the last and final deadline to submit for those who participated in a campus interview
  • Required action(s):
    • You must submit your application one more time on the Fulbright Application Portal

National Deadline: October 8, 5:00 PM ET

  • All applicants, regardless of whether applying at large or through campus, must submit applications by this deadline. No exceptions.
  • Required action(s):
    • You must submit your application on the Fulbright Application Portal


Fulbright U.S. Student Program E-Application

  • Create an application on the official Fulbright US site
    • To apply through UCLA, select UCLA as the institution in the “Country & Award Selection” section

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Consent to Publish Form


Links & Resources

Application Links

Application Tips

Fellowship Proposal Resources

You may request 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

UCLA Fellowships
Fellowships and Financial Services
1228 Murphy Hall

Fulbright-Hays DDRA Program

Fulbright-Hays Current Awardee Profiles

Fulbright-Hays DDRA Interest Survey:

The FY2024 DDRA application opened January 29. Students propose between 6 and 12 months of research. Read about UCLA’s terrific success with the program in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Please complete this short online survey to indicate your interest in the program. The project director will follow-up with an email and place you on the application cycle email list. The Department of Education delegates authority for first-round review and submission to the UCLA Division of Graduate Education. Students must apply by the UCLA institutional deadline–this is earlier than the published DoED application deadline.

Basic Requirements

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, though only with connection to a country of another region.
  • be proficient in the language(s) necessary to carry out your research
  • planning a career in the U.S. upon completion of doctoral program in university teaching or a position related to the research
  • 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

Information Session & Workshops

Fulbright-Hays DDRA Application Webinars:

  • Watch a prior year application webinar to familiarize yourself with the process now. The new webinar link will be sent to applicants once it is published.
  • Watch a DDRA Fellow Alumni Panel Discussion and Application Tips webinar
  • February 20 3:00-4:15 PM Eastern Time LIVE Technical Assistance Webinar (request link via survey link above)
  • February 22 3:00-4:15 PM Eastern Time LIVE Question and Answer Session #1 for Fellowship Applicants (PhD students)
  • The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) administers the DDRA program and has further information.

Fulbright-Hays DDRA Writing Workshop:

  • TBD

Important Dates


  • Monday, February 26: Deadline for draft of select application materials (proposal bibliography, CV, transcripts) to the Division of Graduate Education.
  • Friday, March 15: Final Campus Deadline (Institutional Deadline) for students. Late or incomplete applications will be disqualified. No exceptions.
  • The published final DoED DDRA deadline applies to the institution, NOT STUDENT APPLICANTS. References must be uploaded to G5 by the campus deadline.
  • Assume the application cycle will be announced without warning in early winter.

Links & Resources

Application Links

Internal review by the UCLA Division of Graduate Education is required for applicants to be nominated to the Department of Education for consideration. Students may not apply without Division of Graduate Education endorsement. Revisions to materials, transcripts, language references, faculty references, and letters of affiliation must be submitted to G5 (application website) by the Final Campus Deadline or the application will be deemed ineligible and disqualified.

Fulbright-Hays 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 website

Application Guidelines and Tips

Department of Education guidelines and Federal Register information
Overview for starting the Fulbright-Hays application.

Access to online sample materials is available to applicants registered with DGE for the current application cycle.

  • Project Proposals
  • Bibliography
  • Letters of Affiliation
  • CV


Fulbright-Hays DDRA Project Director at UCLA

Fellowships and Financial Services
1228 Murphy Hall


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