Important Dates for 2020-2021

  • Preliminary applications are submitted through Fluid Review. Submit by June 26, 2020 to receive summer advising.
  • Pomona internal application deadline (essays, transcripts, letters of affiliation [if applicable], language evaluations [if applicable], and letters of recommendation) due through Fulbright application system: September 21, 2020
  • On-campus interviews: September 28 - October 2, 2020
  • Complete, revised application due through the Fulbright Online Application system: 5 p.m. EST October 13, 2020

Spring 2018 Fulbright Info Session

Pomona’s Handbook with Timeline and Q&As for Applying


The Fulbright program seeks to promote international understanding by offering awards for one year of research very broadly defined, university study, or English language teaching abroad. Support is available for most countries and regions around the world. The number of grants in each country varies from year to year. Check the Fulbright site online which is updated in May each year, and work with the Fulbright faculty advisors spring/summer before senior year. You may apply for only one program (Research/Study Grant or English Language Teaching Assistantship) in one country.

Programs Funded

Information on this page is for the U.S. Student Program for one-year study and research grants, and English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs). Awards vary from country to country based on living costs and normally cover transportation and living expenses including health insurance. Language and orientation courses, and tuition and books if relevant, may also be covered.


Graduating seniors, graduate students, and any U.S. citizen who has not yet earned a PhD may apply for the U.S. Student Program. There is no age limit. Candidates must be in good health, and must demonstrate language proficiency sufficient to the needs of their projects.

Selection Criteria

A good academic record, a suitable level of language preparation, a feasible project, and well-written essays are important. Most Pomona applicants propose research projects-- either independent or joining an ongoing project-- affiliated with a non-profit organization, university, independent lab or museum, or a similar organization, rather than a year of formal enrollment at a university. Unless you are applying to enroll in a university, for most countries your application should include a letter (scanned or faxed on letterhead with signature is OK) from a person with appropriate credentials, offering affiliation with an organization that is a suitable "home" for your project. A few countries arrange affiliations after selection. Check the details for countries of interest to you. IIE regional program managers may be contacted with questions about specific country requirements.

Potential applicants are urged to consult the Fulbright faculty advisors early on. English Teaching Assistantships and Full Grants require the same application and have the same deadlines. Teaching assistants can count on having free time to do a mini-project of their own, but most ETAs do not know where in the country they will be placed until after selection and therefore mini-projects should not require residence in any particular location. All applicants should include plans for some involvement in the local community, separate from their own projects.

Application Process

Step 1: Pomona offers an active Fulbright advising program during the summer, which will be initiated by the preliminary application form. All applicants must submit a preliminary application on Fluid Review by June 26th.

Step 2: After submitting your preliminary application, please register on the Fulbright website by starting an account in the Fulbright application system.

Step 3: Decide where you would like to affiliate (research grants only) and whom you will ask to write your references as early as possible. Please send this page to your recommenders. Your recommenders will need to upload their letters in the Fulbright application system by 5 p.m. PST on September 21 in order for them to be reviewed before your interview date.

Step 4: Work with the Fulbright advisors to write and revise your Statement of Grant Purpose and Personal Statement. Stay tuned for workshops in September that will feature presentations, peer review, and time for writing and revising.

Step 5: By 5 p.m. PST on September 21, complete a draft of your application and hit “submit.”

Step 6: Sign up for an interview (instructions to follow). Be prepared to take suggestions from your interview and revise your application accordingly.

Step 7: Submit all of your materials through the Fulbright application system by 5 p.m. EST on October 13, 2020. 

Pomona submits the applications of all seniors who meet the on-campus deadline and attend the on-campus interview. Alumni are welcome to contact us for advice, and if not currently enrolled in graduate school may apply through Pomona if they can submit all materials by the campus deadline. There is no disadvantage in applying "At Large" which is the alternative for alums not enrolled in graduate school. U.S. selection committees review applications in late fall, and applicants are told in late January if they will be recommended for further consideration. Final selection decisions are made in country with notification to candidates at various times from early spring through summer.

Faculty and Staff Advisors 2019-2020: 

Jack Abecassis, Peter Thielke, Erica Dobbs, Sara Olson, Mietek Boduszynski, and Dru Gladney.

Official Fulbright Scholarship Website