Fulbright is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is open to students who have earned a Bachelor's degree but not yet earned a doctorate. Applicants must be citizens or nationals of the United States at the time of application; permanent residents are not eligible. (See the website for more information on eligibility.)

See below for important information about the application process through UC Santa Barbara.


  • Application Open: Thursday, March 31, 2022
  • Fulbright Information Session: Monday, April 25, 2022, 12pm Pacific (3pm Eastern) - REGISTER HERE
  • Individual Advising Appointments: April through August 2022
  • UCSB Campus Deadline (current graduate students only): Wednesday, August 24, 2022
  • Campus Interviews (current graduate students only): September 6-16, 2022
  • National Deadline: Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 2pm Pacific (5pm Eastern)


Depending on the type of award being applied for and the status of the applicant, there are different application processes and resources. However, ALL applicants should do the following:

  • Students should review the relevant information on the Fulbright website carefully, including information about application components and the country profile page
  • Students are strongly encouraged to begin their applications early, as it can be time-consuming to secure all of the necessary components and compose a strong application
  • Students should arrange to have an individual advising appointment with one of our campus’ Fulbright advisors: Shawn Warner (shawnwarner@ucsb.edu) or Baron Haber (baronhaber@ucsb.edu)

For Current UCSB Graduate Students

  • Graduate students should additionally arrange to have an individual advising appointment with Robby Nadler (robby@ucsb.edu) to review their application essays
  • Graduate student applicants must submit a complete application, including all letters of recommendation and letter of affiliation, via the online Fulbright application portal by the campus deadline of Wednesday, August 24, 2022 (note: it is the responsibility of the applicant to communicate the importance of this deadline to all of their letter writers)
  • Graduate student applicants must participate in the campus interview process, which is tentatively scheduled for September 6-16, 2022 (students will be notified of the exact date and time of their interview slot after the campus deadline)
  • The purpose of the campus deadline and campus interview process is two-fold: to allow the applicant to get in-depth feedback on their application to ensure it is in line with the goals of the Fulbright program, and to ensure that the campus review committee (comprised of knowledgeable UCSB faculty and staff) has the necessary information to submit the mandatory Campus Committee Endorsement form to be reviewed by the National Screening Committee

For UCSB Undergraduates, Recent Alumni, and ETA Applicants

  • Current undergraduates, recent alumni, and applicants to the English Teaching Assistant (ETA) programs are NOT required to submit materials by the campus deadline and do not participate in the campus interview process
  • For general questions regarding the application process, you can schedule an individual advising appointment with one of our campus’ Fulbright advisors: Shawn Warner or Baron Haber
  • For support in reviewing application materials, contact Nick Alward-Saxon (nick@ltsc.ucsb.edu) or the Campus Learning Assistance Services Writing Lab


Before requesting an advising appointment, all interested applicants should carefully read through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Sheet for UCSB Affiliates:


UCSB Fulbright Program Information Sheet 2023-24