Fulbright Scholarship in USA 2021

Good news! Fulbright Scholarship is currently open. Start your study adventure in USA. Good news! Fulbright Scholarships are fully funded scholarships for international students. These scholarships are only offered for masters and PhD studies. Fulbright Foreign Student Program covers full tuition fee, a living stipend, full accommodation fee, airfare and health insurance. The grants are awarded irrespective of applicant’s race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Fulbright scholarships program aims to provide opportunity to diverse groups of people to in the United States institutions of learning. The scholarships are granted to people from economically disadvantaged groups, minorities and those from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

Deadline:  Varies per countries (Feb. to Oct. annually)


Institution(s): USA Universities and Academic Institutions

Level of Study: Masters, PhD

Study in: USA

Courses Offered: All fields, including interdisciplinary courses.

Program Period: Depends on the selected program.

Benefits of Fulbright Scholarship

Fulbright Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship and provides the recipient with the following benefits:

  • The scholarship covers tuition, a living stipend, airfare and health insurance, etc. The Fulbright program offers funding for the period of the study.
  • See the official website and country exact websites for the whole list of scholarship benefits.

Eligibility Fulbright Scholarship

To be eligible for Fulbright Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Required Language: English 
  • Eligible Countries:International students from 155 countries around the world.
  • Program eligibility and selection processes differ extensively by country.
  • Please check the country specific websites to find details about the Fulbright Program in your home country, including eligibility requirements and application procedures.

How to Apply for Fulbright Scholarship

Kindly follow the following step by step application process to apply for Fulbright scholarship:

(1) Make Online Application

To apply to Fulbright program you need to pull together a variety of materials to aid the USEFP assess your qualifications. All materials must be submitted with your application.

(2) Prepare Academic Transcripts and Degrees

Every transcripts and degrees from a 4-year undergraduate degree or its equivalent – equivalent programs include international three-year bachelor programs or ACCA. PhD candidates must also submit their MPhil or MS degrees and transcripts. You can likewise apply while in your concluding year of undergraduate studies provided that you get your degree by December this year.

 (3) Take GRE General Test and TOFEL

While submitting your application, you may provide the unofficial GRE score given on the day of the test, or your official score if you have gotten it. Every candidate must request that ETS send an official score report straight to USEFP using the code 9388. GRE general (international) test scores are mandatory at the time of application. A good score for Engineering and Sciences on the GRE is 315+ and that for other fields is 310+. GRE subject test is not mandatory.

The least GRE score required to apply for the Fulbright is 138 for verbal and 136 for quantitative. But usually, accepted candidates have a GRE score in the upper percentiles. If you did the GRE test several times, you may report your best score, and Fulbright will only look at that score. TOEFL is NOT mandatory at the time of the application submissions. You will have to take the TOEFL exam if you are summoned for an interview. IELTS is not acceptable.

(4) Prepare Two Essays

There are two essays for the Fulbright application. Every essay must be written in the space provided in the application form, which approximates to 800 words. Don’t over craft your essays; just write in a plain language so that the Fulbright panel that doesn’t know your world can understand you better. Before beginning the essays you are going to need to figure out a marketing approach for yourself. Successful candidates generally take 4-6 weeks writing and completing their essays.

(5) Three Recommendation letters are required

Applicants will need to have three recommendations submitted with your application by the application closing date. You can have three (3) academic reference letters, or two (2) academic and one (1) professional or two (2) professional and one (1) 1 academic. In other words, 1 academic reference letter is a must. Your referees need to fill the reference forms given in the application package and then sign, stamp and seal them in an envelope. As soon as you submit your online application your referees will be sent an online form via email.

 (6) Prepare Academic Resume

A present and most up-to-date resume should be added to the space provided on the application form. You do not need to have it in any special format.

(7) Submit Online Application

There is no application cost for the Fulbright program. Applications must be submitted online.

(8) Interview

After your written application has been submitted and reviewed, you may be invited to a panel interview. Interview verdicts are made by mid-September and interviews are carried out in October. If you do not hear from USEFP by October it automatically indicates that you have not been picked. The interview is an optimistic indicator of selection, but is not a guarantee of admission. Interviews are 15 to 30 minutes and are carried out by a panel of four (4) people. You have to bring your TOEFL registration slip with you on the day of the interview and it is not compulsory to have taken the TOEFL exam by the interview date.

Fulbright Scholarship 2021 deadline varies per country. But generally it is between February to October annually.

To inquire more about Fulbright Scholarship 2021, please visit Official Website.


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