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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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 are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


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 the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



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. Citizens

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

Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship Checklist

Fulbright-National Geographic competition is currently on hold.
Updated information for the 2020-2021 grant year is forthcoming, please check back.

Starting the Application

Carefully review the program summary for the country or countries to which you are applying.

Draft a Statement of Grant Purpose that is feasible and culturally appropriate for the country or countries of application and addresses how you will benefit from the mentorship of National Geographic staff.

Identify a potential affiliation in each of the proposed host countries and make contact with the appropriate person, organization or institution who might be able to assist with your project. Provide potential contacts and affiliations with a copy of your Statement of Grant Purpose.

Draft a Personal Statement that provides the screening committee members with a more robust picture of who and what has motivated you to pursue this Fulbright opportunity.

Consult with professors and/or colleagues with background in the country or countries to which you are applying or those who have expertise in the theme of the proposed project.

Solicit critiques on the draft Statement of Grant Purpose from professors, advisers, mentors, colleagues, etc., and make revisions as appropriate.

Request feedback on putting together a digital storytelling portfolio of material. Ensure that your portfolio relates to your proposal.

Contact 3 individuals to write recommendations. These individuals should be those who can best speak to your ability to carry out the project being proposed. You should provide a copy of your Statement of Grant Purpose to each recommender.

Draft a current one-page resume.

Obtain transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.

Before Submitting the Application

Make any necessary revisions based on feedback.

Check for typos—misspellings, capitalization errors, grammatical mistakes, etc.

Make sure that all of the required fields on the Biographical Data pages have been filled in, including the Project Title and Abstract of Proposal sections.

Make sure that Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship is selected on the Preliminary Questions page.

Check to make sure that your Statement of Grant Purpose, the Affiliation Letter, the Personal Statement, the resume, digital storytelling portfolio and the transcripts have been uploaded into the correct sections of the application.

Confirm that recommenders are registered in the application system and have received the email link to complete the recommendation. Applicants can submit their application before the recommendations are submitted. After application submission and before the national deadline, applicants can log in to the application and resend email links.

Double-check the hyperlinks work in your digital storytelling portfolio to make sure that they will play/display properly.

Preview the complete application in the Fulbright online application system by going to the Review page.

Print a copy of the application for your records.