Fellowships & Grants

There are several foundations and government programs to support study abroad and study here in the United States. Most of these fellowships are designed for graduate study, but not all of them.

Also, the post-Bachelors Degree programs most often require a lot of preparation. If you are a strong student (GPA at least 3.5), you should see one of the faculty fellowship advisors in the Psychology Department towards the end of your sophomore year or early in your junior year to pick up a brochure describing these opportunities.

The fellowship advisors for the Psychology Department are Karen Rosen and Ellen Winner.

There are two kinds of Fulbright grants: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (for travel to non-English speaking countries) and Fulbright research grants. Applicants must be US citizens and hold a bachelor's degree.

If you think you might apply for a Fulbright grant, you should start planning as early as possible, ideally by your sophomore year. There are three things that are important for you to do:

  1. Grants to certain countries require proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country. Plan early so that you can learn as much as possible of the relevant foreign language.
  2. Learn as much as you can about your potential host country. Consider coursework and BC, study abroad, and (if possible) summer travel.
  3. Consider writing a senior thesis in Psychology, whether or not you are in the Psychology honors program. If you will be applying for a Fulbright research grant, a senior thesis will strengthen your skills. Your thesis might, in fact, extend into a cross-cultural Fulbright project.

Having a Fulbright can be an enriching intellectual and cultural experience. Many Boston College undergraduates have won these grants. If you plan right, you have a good chance of winning one.

See these websites for detailed information:

You can also contact Professor Paul Christensen, the Fulbright coordinator for Boston College (paul.christensen@bc.edu), and Professor Joseph Tecce of the Psychology Department (tecce@bc.edu).