Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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3 Fulbright Study/Research Grants

Grant Period:

9 months.

Grant term will be September to June.

Pre-departure Orientation:

All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. in July as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile:

Candidates at all degree levels will be considered, but graduate-level students are preferred. Because of the residence permit legislation procedures, students enrolled at U.S. colleges or universities at the time of application are preferred over those applying at-large


Applicants proposing projects in the medical sciences are not eligible for consideration.

Accepted Degree Levels:




Foreign Language Proficiency:

Not Required, unless necessary for the successful completion of the project.

Additional Information: Estonian language proficiency is not required, though useful. Classes in, and supervision by, English-speaking professors is widely available. Some opportunities also exist for Russian speakers. Some study of Estonian prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.

Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Applicants are encouraged to arrange affiliations and submit letters of invitation/affiliation with their application. Alternatively, applicants may indicate preferences for affiliation, if an invitation is not available.

There are six public universities in Estonia, three of which are larger and recommended for American students seeking the company of other international students: University of Tartu; Tallinn University; and, Tallinn University of Technology (respectively www.ut.ee; www.tlu.ee and www.ttu.ee ). These institutions also have specialized branch institutions in other Estonian cities, for example, Viljandi Academy of Culture of University of Tartu, located in Viljandi (www.kultuur.ut.ee). For more information, please check the home pages of the above-mentioned institutions. There are also three smaller, specialized universities: University of Life Sciences in Tartu; Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre; and, Estonian Academy of Arts (respectively www.emu.ee; www.ema.edu.ee and www.artun.ee ). All of these universities have well-developed international student service systems. Tartu is the historical university city (UT dates back to 1632);Tallinn is Estonia’s cultural and political capital; both provide students with a wealth of research possibilities. In order to obtain guest student status at a host institution, a student would need to demonstrate affiliation with an academic institution in the U.S.


Dependent support is available.

Please note: B.A. level students cannot bring spouses along, even in cases of sufficient legal income, if the spouse does not have either an academic or employment affiliation in Estonia - in the event a B.A. student wishes to bring along a spouse, the spouse will need to either secure student status in Estonia, or will need to apply for a work permit and secure an employer.  The same clause does not apply for the M.A. and Ph.D. – M.A. and Ph.D. students can bring a spouse with no obstacles; however, their spouses would need to apply for the residence permit for temporary settlement with a spouse in the M.A. and Ph.D. program.

It is also important to keep in mind that according to Estonian legislation, spouse is defined by the legal marriage act.  An original marriage license, notarized and with an apostil, is required.

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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.


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.



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.