Fulbright Scholarship

Scholarships for seniors and recent graduates interested in graduate study, research, or a Teaching Assistantship in English in one of 128 countries. Faculty Advisor: Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert.


The purpose of the Fulbright Program is "to enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."

Eligibility Requirements

If you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen, and
  • Are a graduating senior; hold a B.S./B.A. degree; are a master’s or doctoral degree candidate; or are a young professional or artist, and
  • Are thinking of studying, teaching or conducting research abroad, and
  • Are in good health

you could be one of more than 1,500 students who receive a Fulbright grant each year to go overseas. The U.S. Student Fulbright Program operates in more than 140 countries worldwide; grants are available in all fields of study. US seniors and recent graduates interested in graduate study and research, or teaching English, abroad are encouraged to apply.



September 7: Register on Embark (link is here https://us.fulbrightonline.org/)

September 11: Confirm country selection and intent to submit an application

Week of September 18 – An interview schedule will be created

September 22: Submit Fulbright application on Embark; recommendations are due by this date, too. Please not that only the Associate Dean of Faculty Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert can access it until she submits the application to the Fulbright office.

Week of September 25 – Interviews

October 5 at 8am– Final deadline for re-submission of edited version


Students must submit the online Fulbright application by September 22nd no later than 12pm. Pressing the "submit" button renders the application available to print for the Scripps Campus Committee Interview.

Interviews will be scheduled shortly after the application deadline. Interviews last about 15 minutes, and are important both because they provide vital feedback to students for improving their essays and because they are the basis upon which the committee gives Fulbright a rating for each student.

Students are encouraged to prepare for these interviews with the Writing Center and Career Services, and also to fine-tune their essays upon completion of the interview. At any point prior to the final Fulbright deadline, students may request that their files be "unsubmitted" for revisions by sending an email to the Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA) for Scripps College, Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert.

Application Information

For detailed information on your eligibility, awards available, and the application process, please review the pages on the Fulbright website.

Selections are affected by:

  1. the extent to which candidate and project will help to advance the program aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations;
  2. ability of supervising agencies abroad to arrange supervision;
  3. requirements of programs in individual countries;
  4. ratio between the number of awards offered in a given country and the number of applications received;
  5. desirability of achieving wide institutional and geographical distribution.

There are three stages in Fulbright’s selection process once applications have been submitted

  1. National Screening Committee (NSC), consisting of specialists in various fields and area studies, meets in November and December to review all applications, and recommends candidates for further consideration.
  2. Applications of recommended candidates are transmitted to the supervising agencies abroad for further review.
  3. Final selection for Fulbright Grants is made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, taking into account the recommendations of the NSC, availability of funds, approval of the supervising agencies abroad, and other program requirements.

The “Statement of Proposed Study” is the most critical element of the application process. It will be judged competitively both at Scripps College (in the “Campus Committee Evaluation Form”) and by the National Screening Committee.

All applicants must be evaluated by Scripps College. Applications will not be accepted without a Campus Committee Evaluation Form.

Additional Information

Important Documents



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