A prestigious award that funds an independently-driven artistic research project abroad.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed Study/Research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs for 9-12 months in a participating country outside the U.S.  During their grants, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through thoughtfully designed project activities, research, and artistic practice, Fulbrighters have meaningful engagement in the community and promote mutual understanding.

RISD Fulbright Process

Enrolled Seniors, Fifth Years, and Graduate Students, and recent alumni up to three years after graduation may apply through RISD. Students may begin the application process in their Junior year but can not submit an application until the fall of their Senior year. Applicants must have a bachelor degree before the start of the grant and must be a U.S. citizen.

If you are interested in applying through RISD, you must meet our internal deadlines and carefully review the following two important documents. The first deadlines are in May.

Key Documents:

RISD Fulbright Checklist and Deadlines

RISD Fulbright Getting Started

RISD’s Internal Deadlines:

• Meet with RISD Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA) - By mid-May
• Submit 1st draft statements to FPA - By end of May
• Submit developed draft purpose and personal statement - By end of June/early July
• Submit complete application to RISD - By mid-August
• Participate in RISD interview - End of August/Early September
• Submit final application to RISD - By late September

Meet With A RISD Advisor

Schedule a Meeting

For questions, contact RISD’s Fulbright Program Advisor, Lisa Cramer, at lcramer@risd.edu


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Learn More About Fulbright

Learn about past RISD Fulbright recipients, see what their experience was like, and even read sample proposals.

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RISD Fulbright Recipients

The Rhode Island School of Design is a top producing Fulbright institution. See the countries and project titles of past RISD Fulbrighters.

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RISD Fulbrighters Showcase

Explore the amazing stories of RISD's Fulbright recipients, see their work, and photos of their experience on the RISD Fulbright Website.

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RISD Fulbright Sample Proposals

Take a peak at excerpts of successful RISD Fulbright proposal statements.

Sample Proposal - Colombia/Design

Sample Proposal - South Korea/Painting

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Explore the Official Fulbright Website

The U.S. Student Program Website is especially important for country research. Each country has special requirements and preferences, which are updated every April.

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