Fulbright Grants for Study/Research

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. U.S. Student Fulbright Study/Research Grants (also referred to as Full Grants) are the traditional Fulbright awards and offer the greatest flexibility.

The majority of grant awards are designed to conduct study and/or research in one country for an academic year.

Applicants for these grants design their own projects, secure an affiliation in the host country at the time of application, and typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Projects may include university coursework, independent library, lab or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination.

Program requirements vary by country, so the applicant’s first step is to familiarize themselves with the program summary for the host country. Proposals are evaluated based upon the extent to which the candidate and the project might help advance the program’s aim of mutual understanding between nations.

If you are a rising senior or alum seriously considering applying for a Fulbright grant, you may wish to explore the Student Fellowships and Research Office’s Fulbright Canvas resource. 

Intent to Submit:
Initial Bowdoin Deadline:
late August
(Includes References and Evaluations)
Campus Interview:
early through mid-September
Final Bowdoin Deadline:
early October
Fulbright Submission Deadline:
early October
Campus Contact:
Cindy Stocks, Director of Student Fellowships and Research
*Information derived from

Bowdoin’s Canvas resource contains a wealth of Bowdoin-specific information including short videos, info sessions with alumni, application guidance, and checklists. The Canvas resource is accessible to current students and alumni, and we encourage you to explore it even if you are still considering whether Fulbright is the right fit for you. If you wish to have access to Bowdoin’s Canvas resource, please email Cindy Stocks (cstocks@bowdoin.edu) or Julia Littlefield (j.littlefield@bowdoin.edu).

Please be reminded that Bowdoin’s Honor Code applies to the fellowship application process.