Fulbright at CalArts

International Research and Teaching Opportunities for Students

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 318,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright Student Grants are available to more than 140 countries worldwide. Find more information about Fulbright grants here.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad. In addition, Critical Language Enhancement Awards are available to grantees for study of critical need foreign languages before or during their grant period.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.

To participate in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen and have:

  • at least a Bachelor's degree by the start of the grant. Applicants who hold a doctorate are ineligible.
  • sufficient proficiency in the host country language to carry out the project.

Applicants should also keep in mind:

Recent graduates: Graduating seniors and recent bachelor’s-degree recipients have some undergraduate preparation and/or direct work or internship experience related to the project.

Master's and doctoral candidates: Graduate-level candidates must demonstrate the capacity for independent study or research, together with a general knowledge of the history, culture, and current events of the countries to which they are applying.

Competitive applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program will not have recent extensive experience abroad (excluding recent undergraduate study abroad), especially in the country of application.

Information Sessions
Information sessions will be held in G210 from 12-1pm on: 
  • Tuesday, January 28th, 2020
  • Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
  • Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

The Institute of International Education (IIE) Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards full grants to performing, digital and visual artists for international study and independent research in over 140 countries. Applicants should begin the application process during Spring 2020 in order to apply in the fall. These information sessions are led by the Patty Disney Center for Life & Work Director Bailey Cool. For more information please email bcool@calarts.edu. 


Recent CalArts Fulbright Grantees:

  • Sean Hayward, Music 2019-2020
  • Qadriyyah Shamsid-Deen, Filmmaking 2010-2011
  • Zane Thimmesch-Gill, Filmmaking 2008-2009 
  • Jeff B. Purmort, Music Composition 2006-2007
  • Hein S. Seok, Filmmaking 2006-2007
  • Tariq S. Tapa, Filmmaking 2006-2007

Student Story: Sean Hayward

Sean Hayward (Music MFA 15, DMA 19) has been selected as a recipient of a Fulbright Award to Indonesia. The Los Angeles-based musician developed an interest in Indonesian music after performing a piece for electric guitars and Balinese gamelan during his undergraduate studies at University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC).

“I hope to further my own abilities as an artist, musician, and educator while simultaneously encouraging the proliferation of Javanese music, and in particular calung,” said Hayward of his Fulbright goals. “My idea is that this may generate further projects and opportunities for my Javanese collaborators. In the future, I plan to perform these works in the U.S. as well as in Java.”

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