SDSU Fulbright U.S. Student Program

U.S. Student Fulbright Program

Applications Open April 2, 2024 for the 2025-2026 Award Cycle!
Connecting People. Connecting Nations.

The U.S. Student Fulbright Program was established in 1946 to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries." It pursues this goal through the international exchange of students, scholars, and professionals. Opportunities are given to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching English in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

Since 2005, over 100 SDSU students have received U.S. Fulbright grants.
Current students and recent alumni can apply through SDSU. To learn more, attend an SDSU info session in the spring semester. General information about the various grant options and selection criteria is available at the U.S. Fulbright Student Program website.

RSVP Info Session + Inquiry List

  • Be a U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Undergraduate students must hold a bachelor degree by August 2025
  • Graduate students at any stage are eligible to apply
  • Recent graduates may also apply through SDSU
Important dates for the Competition Cycle (2025–2026) 
  • Spring 2024 Attend a virtual information session
  • April 2, 2024 Applications open
  • Spring and Summer 2024 Work on application with feedback from Fulbright Program Advisor
  • August 13, 2024 2:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) SDSU Fulbright Program Advisor Deadline, mandatory for all current students and recent graduates applying through SDSU
  • August 27 2024 2:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) SDSU Campus Deadline, mandatory for all current students and recent graduates applying through SDSU
  • September 3 – 13, 2024 Campus interviews
  • October 8, 2024, 2:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) National Deadline, No exceptions
  • January 2025 Semi-finalists are announced by the National Selection Committees
  • April–May 2025 Finalists are selected by the country committees
  • August 2025 Most grants begin
  • Visit the U.S. Student Fulbright Program website
  • Attend an online SDSU information session via Zoom
  • Review the resources tab
  • Meet with an SDSU Fulbright Program Advisor and have your application reviewed
  • Submit your online application by the SDSU FPA and Campus deadlines
  • Attend your campus interview with SDSU faculty members
  • Submit your final application to Fulbright by the national deadline

Spring 2024 Zoom Information Sessions
Learn more about what the program entails and how to navigate the Fulbright website to search for specific awards. Sessions last approximately one hour.

  • Thursday, February 15, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 5,  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 22,  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 8,  1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23,  2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 13,  3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

2024 Personal Statement Zoom Writing Workshops
Join Dr. Ann Johns, Professor Emerita of Rhetoric & Writing Studies and Linguistics for this interactive workshop focused on the personal statement section of the application.  The workshop will last approximately one hour. 

  • Thursday, March 28, 2:00 - 3:00 pm PST
  • Thursday, April 4, 12:00pm - 1:00pm PST
  • Tuesday, April 16, 12:00pm - 1:00pm PST

2024 Fulbright Writing Retreat Sessions
Draft and revise your Fulbright written statements alongside other applicants in the International Student Center Lounge. Snacks and coffee/tea provided.  

  • Friday, June 14, 10:00am - 2:00pm PST
  • Friday, June 28, 10:00am - 1:30pm PST
  • Friday, August 9, 10:00am - 2:00pm PST

Dr. Yoshiko Higurashi

Fulbright Program Advisor

Dr. Yoshiko Higurashi

Professor Emerita of Japanese, Director of AASCU/SDSU Japan Studies Institute

SDSU Fulbright Student Program

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Faculty and Staff

Do you know a future Fulbrighter? Are you interested in serving on the campus review committee or conducting foreign language evaluations? Your expertise and support is invaluable in guiding these students through the rigorous application process.

Cassandra Neel
SDSU Fulbright Recipient, ETA - Turkey
“My biggest advice for those applying is to begin early. I don't even know how many drafts I wrote.”