Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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18 Fulbright Study/Research Grants


French language ability commensurate with the requirements of the project is expected.

Grant period:

6 to 10 months. September/October 1 to May/June 30 for university attendance. Grant periods vary according to candidate’s profiles:

  • Degree seeking MA/MS graduating seniors: 10 months. Particular attention will be paid to candidates enrolling in degree-seeking programs in a French institution.
  • Doctoral candidates: 6-9 months
  • Artists: 9 months
  • Non-degree seeking graduating seniors: 8 months 

Fulbright grants will not be renewed.

All grantees in France attend a 3-day orientation program in October and a 2-3 day mid-year meeting in February.

Candidate profile :

Graduating seniors, advanced graduate students, doctoral candidates and those with previous research experience are encouraged to apply.


Candidates currently residing in France are not eligible for consideration.


It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure affiliation with a French university or research center; evidence of this affiliation should be submitted with the application.  If the applicant is enrolling in a degree seeking program, proof of acceptance is not required before or during the application process, but awards are made conditional upon acceptance by the chosen institution before arrival.

Before beginning the application process, it is worth taking time to research the best possible place to pursue the chosen course of study, taking into consideration the faculty, achievements, publications and research of the relevant department in a number of institutions, as well as their locations.  Candidates must pay attention to university application deadlines and requirements.  Applicants should consult CampusFrance for information on studying in France and French institutions of higher education, as well as enrollment for degree seeking candidates. http://www.usa.campusfrance.org/en 

General comments:

Student tuition fees are very reasonable in public universities and are decided on an annual basis by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.  In 2012-13, the annual tuition fee at the Master’s level was 250€, 596€ for an engineering diploma, and 380€ at the doctoral level.  Please consult the French Ministry of Higher Education and research website for university listings: http://www.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/pid25127/universites-i.u.t.html

Please note that other higher education institutions may determine their own tuition fees.  Applicants should be aware that tuition waivers are rarely given.  Waivers of tuition are at the discretion of the French educational institution and applicants are responsible for requesting waivers.  In the event a fee waiver is not granted, candidates should be aware that the Fulbright grant does not cover the cost of these fees.

Sponsored language courses are not offered by the Fulbright Program in France.  Candidates are encouraged to check with the host institution for language course possibilities.   

Music and Fine Arts:

Applicants are encouraged to establish contact with specialists in their fields before applying for a grant and to solicit invitations to study under them. Although the Fulbright Commission in France prefers affiliation with accredited institutions, applicants may be authorized to study with private teachers. Please note that additional personal funds will be needed to cover costs for private lessons, rehearsal facilities, studio space, etc.


A monthly dependent allowance of 200€ is provided for each (up to three) accompanying dependent. Dependents must accompany grantees for the entire grant period to be eligible for the allowance.

1 Marillonet Fellowship/Fulbright Travel Grant

This fellowship is made possible by the Marillonet Fund, a private endowment intended to support a U.S. student in the creative and performing arts. A Fulbright Travel Grant is provided in addition to the Marillonet fellowship. The combined benefits are equivalent to those of a Fulbright study/research grant and cover maintenance, books, international travel, and limited health benefits. The grant must be used during the academic year.

Grant period:

8-9 months.

Candidate profile :

Candidates at all degree levels in the creative and performing arts will be considered.

General comments:

Since candidates will be considered for a Fulbright Travel Grant, all conditions listed under the Fulbright study/research grants apply.

6 Fulbright/French Government Teaching Assistantships

These assistantships are awarded by and administered by both the Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques (CIEP) and the Fulbright Commission. Grantees are placed in priority education areas which are defined in terms of socioeconomic backgrounds (underprivileged populations). The schools in these areas qualify for special support particularly in terms of equipment, i.e., computers, resource centers, sports facilities, etc. Students typically come from multi-cultural backgrounds and face personal and academic challenges. The English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) program aims to provide these populations with an opportunity to have direct contact with native English-speakers. All candidates who apply for the English Teaching Assistantship program in France will be considered for both the Fulbright and non-Fulbright ETA awards (see below for additional application requirements). However, only six candidates will be sponsored by the Fulbright program; all others will be solely French Government teaching assistants. Recommended candidates will be required to submit a French Government application; instructions will be sent to them in mid-December 2013.


Excellent French is required.

Grant period:

7 months, October 1 to at least April 30.

Candidate profile :

For the six Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships, applicants at all degree levels will be considered. However, Master’s-level candidates with experience working in a multi-cultural environment are preferred. Candidates with the ability to incorporate extra-curricular activities, (e.g., musical, artistic and/or athletic skills) in their classroom to enhance the intercultural aspects of the program and the students’ learning experience should discuss this in their Statements of Grant Purpose. Preference will be given to future teachers.

Nature of assignment:

Grantees will be placed as assistant-teachers in English classes at French schools which have been carefully chosen by the Fulbright Commission.

Teaching assistants help English and History and Geography teachers in the classroom approximately 12 hours per week. The teaching assistant may conduct, together with the teachers, all or part of a class, typically for vocabulary building and conversation practice linked to their high school track of studies.  American cultural insight is to be integrated into the classroom.

For a detailed description of an ETA assignment, please consult the CIEP website:  http://www.ciep.fr/assistantetr/index.php

For Fulbright testimonies, please consult the Franco-American Fulbright Commission website: http://www.fulbright-france.org/gene/main.php?uni=2&base=372

General comments:

Participants are considered Fulbright grantees and receive the same benefits (monthly stipend, travel allowance, health and accident coverage and access to all enrichment activities offered by the Fulbright Commission).  The stipend is paid by the French Ministry of Education and completed by the Franco-American Commission.  Personal funds to cover expenses are needed for the first 4 to 6 weeks of the grant.


No dependent support is available.

50 French Government Teaching Assistantships

Candidates who have applied for the Fulbright Teaching Assistantship program, but have not been selected, will automatically be considered for the French Government English Teaching Assistantships.

50 additional French Government English Teaching Assistantships will be awarded directly through the French Ministry of Education. These awards are not Fulbright grants, nor will they be administered by the Fulbright Commission in France. Recommended candidates will be required to submit a French Government application; instructions will be sent to them in mid-December 2013.


Conversational French is essential. A minimum of two years of study of French at the university level is necessary.

Grant period:

7 months, October 1 to at least April 30.

Candidate profile :

Candidates at all degree levels will be accepted. Future teachers are preferred. Candidates should be articulate, enjoy working with young people, and have initiative. Experience in teaching or working with children is a plus. Strong preference is given to unmarried candidates with no dependents under 30 years of age.

Nature of assignment:

Grantees will be placed as assistant-teachers in English classes at French schools. Recommended applicants will be able to state placement preferences when completing the required French Government application in December 2013.

General comments:

Personal funds to cover expenses are needed for the first 4 to 6 weeks of the grant. No travel allowance is provided.

2 Fulbright Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) de Cachan Awards

Founded in 1912, the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) de Cachan is one of the very prestigious and highly competitive Grandes Ecoles in France.  ENS Cachan is located in the Paris area and is comprised of 17 different academic departments, 12 research laboratories and 3 interdisciplinary institutes.

ENS Cachan offers a very exciting opportunity to discover the unique ENS system which combines research and education at the highest level.  Candidates may pursue research or enroll in a Master's degree program. Doctoral research students are also eligible. Grant periods are flexible and may vary from 6-12 months.


French language ability commensurate with the requirements of the specific project or Master's program is required.

Grant period:

6 to 12 months. Grant periods vary for independent research projects.

September 1–June 30 for university attendance.

Candidate profile:

Graduating college seniors, Master’s and Ph.D.-level candidates interested in a training and/or research period at ENS Cachan in the following fields are eligible to apply: hard sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities.

Candidates who wish to be considered for this award must select the option from the Special Opportunities list in the Online Application.

General comments:

A full tuition waiver and access to language instruction are provided, if needed, from the ENS Cachan. 

I am a....

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.