Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Types of Grants

Fulbright U.S. Student Grants fall into the following categories:

Study/Research

The study/research grant category includes projects in both academic and arts fields. The study/research grants are available in approximately 140 countries. Applicants for these grants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Program requirements vary by country, so the applicant’s first step is to familiarize themselves with the program summary for the host country.

Creative and performing arts applicants are required to submit supplementary materials based on their disciplines.

Here are the application components for all grant types.

Below are sub-categories of study/research grants highlighting special opportunities that are available in select countries:


Special Grant Opportunities by Field

Fulbright Business Grants

Finland: One Fulbright/Lappeenranta University of Technology graduate award is available for a student in the fields of business or technology. The award is primarily aimed at students who wish to complete a full Master’s degree at Lappeenranta University of Technology.

Mexico: Thirteen Binational Business Internships to enhance knowledge, expertise, and understanding of post-NAFTA Mexico are available for students interested in combining coursework in international business or law with an internship at a Mexico-based company conducting international or legal business.

Netherlands: One NAF/Fulbright Duisenberg School of Finance grant will give a student access to a premier private finance school located in the heart of Europe with world-class faculty and direct links to industry leaders in the world of finance. Duisenberg School of Finance offers MSc programs in Finance and Law, Asset Management, Risk Management, Corporate Finance and Banking, as well as an LLM in Finance and Law and a Ph.D. in Finance.

Spain: Fulbright/Instituto de Empresa Grants: One award for full-time study in a one-year International MBA program; One grant for a Master’s in International Management.

Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health
Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships offered in a partnership between the Fulbright Program and the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health have been established to promote the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings. Interested candidates are urged to be in touch with the site contact in the appropriate country for information.
Fulbright Journalism Grants

Germany: Five Professional Journalism Awards for beginning professional journalists or recent graduates in journalism or related fields to conduct independent research and serve as interns or guest journalists at newspapers, publishers or television and radio stations in Germany. Candidates must submit writing samples.

Spain: Fulbright/Instituto de Empresa Grants:One grant for a Master’s in Journalism.

UK: One Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism for a candidate to pursue the first year of a graduate-level program in Journalism in the UK. There is a possibility of an internship with the BBC for the successful candidate. The award is open to candidates at all degree levels.

Fulbright Grants in Sciences and Public Health

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applicants in the sciences to all eligible countries. Please note some specific grants below:

Australia: The Fulbright CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship provides the opportunity for Fulbrighters to undertake postgraduate research with Australia’s leading and largest science research organization, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization). Candidates currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs are eligible to apply.

Canada: The Fulbright Canada STEM Award (http://www.fulbright.ca/programs/american-students/STEM_program.html) of­fers U.S. students support for three years of doctoral study at one of six leading Canadian research universities (McGill University, Université de Montréal, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, and University of Waterloo) in both basic and applied fields of science, engineering and mathematics.

Chile: The Chile Science Initiative provides three grants for Master’s-level or Ph.D. students to conduct study/research at specified Chilean universities. Some programs may not require a high level of Spanish proficiency, since much of the work at the Institutes is conducted in English.

Indonesia: The Fulbright Indonesia Research, Science & Technology (FIRST) Awards provide scholarships for Americans to study, teach, and conduct research in priority science and technology fields.

Netherlands: The NAF/Fulbright Research Fellowships provide grants for Ph.D. level candidates in the fields of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics or Physics; the NAF/Fulbright Fellowship for Childhood Cancer Research provides a grant for a post-M.D. or Ph.D. in oncology.

English Teaching Assistant Program

An English Teaching Assistant Program (ETA) places a Fulbrighter in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for U.S. culture. The age and academic level of classroom students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.
Applicants for English Teaching Assistant Programs can apply to only one country. Consult this table for details on specific country requirements and numbers of awards.

Fulbright-mtvU Awards
Fulbright mtvU Awards are available to all countries where there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference will be given to recent graduates. In addition to the Fulbright application, an mtvU Documentation and Outreach Plan is required.
Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships
The J. William Fulbright - Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship will allow fellows to serve in professional public-policy-related placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and to gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries, while simultaneously carrying out an academic study/research project.
Travel Grants

Travel grants are available only to Germany, Hungary and Italy and are designed to supplement an award from any source that does not provide for international travel or to supplement a student's own funds for study/research. Candidates for a travel grant must submit the official Fulbright U.S. Student online application by the October deadline and only will be offered a travel grant if the application is deemed qualified by the participating review committees.

Travel grants include:

  • Round-trip international travel to the host country

  • Limited Health Benefits

  • Mid-term enrichment activities, if available in the host country

  • Language or orientation programs, if available in the host country

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship
The Fulbright–National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship provides a unique platform for American Fulbright students to develop global narratives and discuss commonalities across borders around a common issue or theme. Trained, supported, and mentored by National Geographic Editors during their grants in one or multiple countries, Fellows will use new media platforms to help build ties across cultures while enhancing mutual understanding. The digital content that they produce will be featured online in various places, including, most prominently, a blog hosted by National Geographic.


Supplemental Grant

Critical Language Enhancement Award
The Critical Language Enhancement Award provides a supplement in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for grantees to receive between three and six months of intensive language study in addition to their research or study grants. This opportunity is available for select languages and in limited host countries.
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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.