Fulbright U.S. Student Program

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The 2025-26 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award Cycle is open as of April 2, 2024

UCR graduate students must apply through the university. The UCR campus application preliminary deadline is August, 15th, 2024 by 5 p.m. PST. Graduate applicants will undergo campus Fulbright committee interviews during the months of August and September. Final campus application deadline is Sunday, September 29th, 2024 by 5 p.m. PST. 

The national Fulbright deadline is Tuesday October, 8th, 2024 by 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PST).

UCR undergraduates are welcome to use the following Fulbright resources; however, for individual help please contact the undergraduate Fulbright Program Advisor, Dr. Sonja Lind (

  • UCR Workshops & Consultations

    UCR Education Abroad Workshops

    How You Can Take a Gap Year Abroad with the Fulbright Scholarship

    • Tuesday, March 26, 12:00-1:00 pm [Zoom link]
    • Wednesday, March 27, 12:00-1:00 pm [Zoom link]
    • Tuesday, April 2, 12:00-1:00 pm [Zoom link]

    For more information on education abroad programs at UCR, see For other scholarships, see

    Undergraduate FPA Advising:

    If you are an undergraduate student at UCR or recently graduated from UCR with a bachelor's degree, contact Dr. Sonja Lind, undergraduate Fulbright Program Advisor and Assistant Director of Education Abroad at UCR by signing up at Calendly or email

    UCR Graduate Writing Center Workshops:

    Register at for the Zoom link. These workshops will be given by UCR's Graduate Fulbright Program Advisor, Dr. Lauren Hammond. Registration opens in Spring 2024.

    1. Applying for the Fulbright – Thursday, April 4 2-3pm

    If you need to conduct research aboard, the Fulbright Program can help you fund it. Attend this session to learn about the application timeline, campus resources, and what is new about the program for the 2025-26 cycle (Recording | Slides | Handout)

    1. Writing the Statement of Grant Purpose – Thursday, May 30th 12-1pm

    Applying to the Fulbright US Student Program? Come learn about the statement of purpose and how it differs from others you may have written. We'll engage in some guided brainstorming and review sample statements.

    1. Writing the Personal Statement – Thursday, June 6th 3-4pm

    Find out what to highlight about yourself to be competitive for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. We'll engage in some guided brainstorming and review sample statements.

    UCR Graduate Writing Center Consultations:

    Sign up at:

    Graduate FPA Office Hours:

    Sign up at: OR Email 

    UCR Graduate Student Fulbright Feedback Sessions Summer 2024: 

    1. Personal Statement Feedback Session – Thursday, June 20th 1-2 p.m.

    Feedback and peer review session with Fulbright Graduate FPA Dr. Lauren Hammond and other applicants.

    1. Statement of Purpose Feedback Session – Thursday, June 27th 1-2 p.m.

    Feedback and peer review session with Fulbright Graduate FPA Dr. Lauren Hammond and other applicants.

  • Fulbright Video Tutorials and Webinars

    The Fulbright program offers short online video tutorials on the application process and the Study/Research and Arts Study/Research awards. The also offer a number of recorded and upcoming live webinars on various aspects of the application and the logistics of the program.

  • Handouts
  • UCR Recipients of Fulbright 2024-2025 Awards

    Tara Westmor, a doctoral student in anthropology, won the award in the “Open Study/Research” category. Westmor is headed to the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Literature at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, where she will work on a project titled “The Spoken and the Spark: The Social Life of Poetry in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.”




    Kristen Herbert, a graduate student in creative writing working toward her Master of Fine Arts degree, won the award in the “Open Study/Research in Creative/Performance Arts” category and is headed to the Department of Hungarian Literature at the University of Szeged in Szeged, Hungary. There, she will work on a project titled “Mingle (Fiction) and a Comparative Reading of Hungarian and American Crime Literature.”


    Westmor and Herbert were also featured in an article published by Inside UCR