Looking to take your research on the road? That may lead you to the Fulbright scholarship, a highly competitive, merit-based program that provides funding to U.S. citizens looking to study, conduct research or even teach abroad.

According to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program was designed to increase understanding between people from the U.S. and people from other countries by bringing worldly scholars closer together. The program is currently available in more than 160 countries worldwide. Below, the experts at Communityforce break down the process of applying for one of these highly regarded grants.

How does it work?

With the program being known for its support of academic research and study of the creative arts for bright and gifted individuals, Fulbright grants come with an extensive application process.

Being considered for a highly coveted Fulbright U.S. Student grant starts with passing a review conducted through the Fellowship Office at your college or university. As detailed by Slate.com, the school’s internal committee will assess your project proposal or statement of purpose, along with your academic achievements, references, demonstrated leadership abilities and perceived ability to interact successfully within your chosen host country. From there, the committee will determine your level of candidacy and decide if your application is strong enough to proceed with submitting.

Who is eligible?

Grants for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program are available to natural U.S. citizens who are in good health and hold at least a bachelor’s degree before the grant’s starting date. Therefore, in addition to alumni and graduate students, graduating seniors are generally eligible to apply.

As noted by the Fulbright program website, preference is given to applicants who have not previously been a recipient of a Fulbright grant, or resided or studied in the country to which they’re applying.

It’s worth noting that some Fulbright positions require proficiency in the language used by the host country. In addition, candidates are only able to apply for one grant per application cycle.

How do I apply?

Application forms can be found on the Fulbright website, but they should typically be printed and submitted to your academic institution. Consult with your school’s Fellowship Office for specific instructions.

As spelled out by BECA, the application for the U.S. Student Program is generally available in May and due in October for grants that begin the following summer or autumn.

If you have additional questions about Fulbright grants, consult the program’s official website for further details or talk to a trusted academic advisor.

For more information about grants, financial aid and scholarships, please visit Communityforce  website.