The US Student Fulbright Program, including the Fulbright-Hays Program, is the U.S. government's flagship program of highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. The Fulbright grants are awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

This award is for graduating seniors who want to spend a year of study in another country before beginning their graduate career, as well as for graduate student MA or Ph.D. research. Some countries require fluency in the language of the country and may require a plan of study through a university there. Fulbright awards pay travel, tuition and a monthly stipend.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Fulbright program for students. Regan Garner, Associate Director at the UF Honor Program, advises UF students wishing to apply for a Fulbright scholarship. Students apply in September of each year. Notification of award is sent directly to the recipient, sometime between March and June. UF is notified several months later, often after the students have left for their Fulbright study.