Fulbright

The Fulbright program involves the participation of a large set of collaborating partners in supporting Fulbright fellows at the University of Florida. For general questions about the Fulbright fellowship program and the logistics of admitting a Fulbright fellow, please contact Matt Mitterko, Associate Director, Graduate International Outreach (352-392-0098; mmitterko@aa.ufl.edu).

Selection Process

Prospective Fulbright fellows apply directly to their country’s Fulbright Commission or US Embassy. Once fellows have been selected as candidates for funding, they will be considered as alternates or fellows.

Placement officers will assist alternates and fellows with the application process, and provide updates on funding information as it becomes available.

Application Timeline

August-September: Application submitted to Fulbright Commission

September-November: Initial selection of fellows made; alternates selected

November-April: Applications submitted to US universities by placement officers

February-April: Alternates notified of funding status

Placement Process

The placement process is handled by a variety of organizations working on behalf of the Fulbright applicant. The Graduate School’s Office of Graduate International Outreach (OGIO) works with all participants in the placement process to monitor Fulbright applications, and expedite the review of Fulbright credentials and applications.

A student’s placement is negotiated collectively, typically between the placement office, OGIO, and the student’s intended graduate program.

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Admissions Timeline

Applications submitted to UF: November-April

Evaluation of International Credentials (transcripts and degree certificates): requests reviewed in the order they are received, November-April

Acceptance of Admission offers by Fulbright fellows: mostly by April 15

Placement Priorities

Each Fulbright Commission or US Embassy has its own priorities, which it sets based on the applicant pool it receives, as well as the national socioeconomic and political needs each respective country has, as determined by the sponsoring governmental agency and the Department of State.

Funding Package

Each country which hosts a Fulbright Commission or US Embassy creates its own funding package, which is a combination of Department of State funds and foreign government contributions.

The typical funding package contains:

• Yearly Stipend, for 9-12 months (determined by cost-of-living estimates)
• Health Insurance (paid by Fulbright)
• Round-trip travel to the US 
• Other allowances as noted (e.g. book/computer)
• Non-resident or resident tuition may be included, per the terms

NOTE – funding packages vary from country to country, based on the terms set by each partner funding the specific funding program. Some countries may have multiple funding programs, each with varying terms.

Extending an offer of admission

To extend an offer of admission, please direct any communication to the fellow’s placement officer. The official letter of admission should also be accompanied by a financial support letter documenting any funding provided by the department, college, or university.

Cost-sharing with Fulbright

Tuition support

The University of Florida can offer cost-sharing in the form of non-resident tuition waivers for incoming Fulbright fellowship offers in one of two forms:

1. For Fulbright fellows from Latin America, the LAC Scholarship program (as set by FL state statute) allows Fulbright recipients to be considered Florida residents for tuition purposes, for as long as they receive their Fulbright award. They qualify for the award as recipients of a fellowship or scholarship of $500 or more of state or federal funds. Provided with International Center assistance.

2. For incoming Fulbright fellows from regions outside Latin America, the Provost’s Office will provide a maximum of 20 non-resident tuition waivers. These waivers will cover the student for the length of the Fulbright funding award (typically 1-3 years). Facilitated by OGIO; please visit our policy page for more information.

Stipend and other support

We encourage Departments and Colleges to cost-share whenever possible, to create the most competitive funding offer for Fulbright applicants. Departments can offer stipend or tuition assistance during Fulbright fellowship years, as well as assistantship or fellowship funding during non-Fulbright-funded years.

After an offer of admission is accepted

After a fellow’s placement officer has confirmed the student’s intention to attend UF, graduate programs can take the following steps to ease his/her transition to campus:

1. Provide information regarding any financial aid from a university source to applicant’s placement officer, for the purposes of processing the applicant’s visa.

2. Provide departmental orientation information and contacts for the fellow.

Contacts

On-campus

UF Office of Graduate International Outreach:
Matt Mitterko (352-392-0098; mmitterko@aa.ufl.edu)

UF International Center:
Debra Anderson (danderson@ufic.ufl.edu)

Fulbright Placement

Institute of International Education
LASPAU
AMIDEAST

See also…

Latin American-Caribbean (LAC) Scholarship