MU has a long history of hosting Fulbright foreign students from around the world. Each year, the Sponsored Student Program receives prospective student dossiers from three primary U.S. administering entities: Laspau, Institute of International Education and AMIDEAST. Additionally, foreign students may apply through Fulbright commissions in their home countries.
MU’s Fulbright processing and placement procedures
Dossier processing for Fulbright foreign students varies based on the administering entity.
If a prospective Fulbright student is missing certain materials (e.g., GRE, TOEFL, letter of recommendation, statement of purpose), we will follow up with the appropriate contact. Any missing materials will be noted in the email notification from the Sponsored Student Program to the departmental contact.
Sometimes, missing materials will not become available until after the departmental deadline. We ask that you extend this deadline in these cases if at all possible. Please notify us and provide the final deadline by which missing materials will be accepted.
Communication with Fulbright foreign students
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Dossier processing timeline
The Sponsored Student Program receives prospective student dossiers from mid-November through April. We process dossiers based on program admission deadlines. Academic programs that have deadlines in December/January typically receive priority. If the Sponsored Student Program receives a dossier after the program admission deadline has passed, we will reach out to the appropriate departmental contact to request consideration for a late submission.
We typically receive placement decisions from Fulbright as early as mid-March through July. Placement time frames can vary, especially if the student is listed as an alternate. Upgrades to principal students are subject to Fulbright funding availability, and these decisions can become available as early as the beginning of April or as late as June. If your department has a mandatory decision deadline for admitted students, let us know and we will communicate this to the appropriate placement officer.
Online program requirements
Per U.S. Department of State guidelines, Fulbright does not permit students to enroll in online courses during their academic program. In rare circumstances, exceptions can be reviewed for approval by Fulbright if a required course for degree completion is only offered in an online format. We understand that many academic departments now offer required degree coursework through an online platform. If you receive a Fulbright applicant in an academic program that has one or more required courses offered only online, notify us and provide the following:
- Name of student
- Copy of/link to degree curriculum
- List of required online courses
- Confirmation that no traditional format is offered for the course(s)
Funding for online courses — Online courses with a higher tuition rate are covered up to the graduate tuition rate through the Fulbright tuition waiver. The department and/or student will then be responsible for the difference. See the Graduate Student Tuition Support Program guidance on coverage and billing for more information.
We understand that some program require internships as part of their degree curriculum and are glad that our students have the opportunity to receive hands-on experience. However, it is important to clearly communicate the nature of the internship requirement to the Sponsored Student Program as soon as possible. If a Fulbright student’s program requires an internship, notify us of the following:
- If a locally-based internship is not an option.
- If the internship requires summer enrollment.
- If the internship has an additional fee.
Fulbright funding coverage and duration varies depending on the home country commission. In most cases, Fulbright grants do not cover all program expenses. Pay close attention to the details in the cover letter provided by the Sponsored Student Program regarding what costs are and are not covered for applicants sent to your department.
Institutional agreements for Fulbright Ph.D. students
In mid-March, the Sponsored Student Program will send an email to departments who have admitted a Fulbright Ph.D. student about the internal institutional agreement. This internal agreement is used to ensure that our students successfully complete their programs of study with minimal delays or disruptions. This document is referred to in the cover letter sent with the student’s application and is intended to help us better communicate to the student and sponsoring agency what they should expect in the event that their academic program extends beyond their Fulbright grant period. These internal agreements are provided only for Ph.D. placements.