Fulbright Student Programs

The UCO deadline for Fulbright Student Programs applications is August 31, 2021.

The Fulbright Program has operated since 1946 and is among the most well-known academic exchange programs for US students and faculty. Funded by Congress and managed by the US State Department, its goal is to foster mutual understanding between the US and other countries.

The program operates in more than 160 countries, and each year approximately 8,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals are awarded opportunities to teach, study, or research abroad.

The Fulbright Student Programs offers two types of awards for American citizens.

Open Study/Research Awards – Applicants for these awards create their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. The Open Study/Research Awards are available in approximately 140 countries.

English Teaching Assistant Awards – The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs place Fulbright recipients in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.

If you would like to learn more about these opportunities or learn how to submit an application, contact UCO’s Fulbright Student Program Advisor Michael S. Springer, Ph.D., Director of the Office of High-Impact Practices.


Dr. Springer is a professor of History and faculty director of the Office of High-Impact Practices at UCO.