Fulbright Scholarships | Honors College | Kent State University

Fulbright Scholarships


The Fulbright Program has sought the "promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science" since its founding the 1946.  Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the program:

  • Allows for individually designed study/research projects or an English Teaching Assistantship
  • Provides financial support for study, research, or teaching in a single country,
  • Facilitates cultural exchange, and
  • Promotes mutual understanding.

Grant benefits include:

  • Round-trip transportation to the host country
  • Maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country, and
  • Limited health benefits


To be eligible, a student must

  • Be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible. 
  • Hold a B.A. degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant. 
    • Applicants who have not earned a B.A. degree or the equivalent, but who have extensive professional study and/or experience in fields in which they wish to pursue a project, may be considered. 
    • In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional study and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement. 
    • Applicants may hold a J.D. degree at the time of application, but not a doctorate. 
    • M.D. or medical students or the equivalent (e.g., D.D.S, O.D.) who wish to continue medical or hospital training or to obtain practical clinical experience should apply to IIE.  However, M.D.s who have completed formal postgraduate training and propose attachment to a hospital or clinic for independent or collaborative research should apply to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
  • Be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate of Health from a physician. 
  • Have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities. 

Letters of Recommendation

Students provide the names and email addresses of three recommenders in their on-line application.  The system will then generate an email to each recommender giving them instructions on completing their online recommendation. 

The recommendations should be from faculty members in the applicant's major field, but also from other professors who know the applicant well and can refer to their abilities relative to the proposed project.  Guidelines for selecting references can be found at the Fulbright website.

Language Proficiency

A Foreign Language Evaluation (FLE) and Language Background Report are required for many countries where English is not the official language and/or English is not commonly spoken.  Language proficiency is generally determined by the nature of the Fulbright project, but some countries require proficiency even if language proficiency is not required to complete the project.  See the Fulbright Program website link for specific country requirements.

Final Application Submission

The Kent State University Fulbright Program Advisor will submit the completed application online by the Fulbright Program deadline in October.

Application Schedule and Deadlines

Mid September Deadline for application materials to program advisor
Early October Candidate interviews
Mid October Deadline to submit online application
(check Fulbright website for current dates)


Foundation website

For more information and the application form, see http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html