Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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75 Fulbright Study/Research Grants


Knowledge of German commensurate with the nature of the proposed project is required. A basic proficiency in German will generally be sufficient, unless academic studies require a more advanced knowledge. Specially-sponsored six-week language courses in Germany beginning in mid-August may be offered to grant holders.

Grant period:

10 months. Grants begin in mid-September (or in August if an additional language course is offered in Germany), usually with an orientation meeting in Germany.

Candidate profile :

Applicants can come from any recognized academic field and be at any academic level with a BA/BS as a minimum at the start of the grant. They should have a very good academic record and reference letters. As Fulbright grantees are representing the U.S., applicants should have strong cultural and leadership skills. Proposed projects should be innovative, feasible in Germany, and based on the candidate's overall academic education.

Ineligibility :

Dual U.S.-German citizens will not be considered.


University Affiliation:

The Fulbright Commission requires an official university matriculation for all candidates. A formal enrolment with accredited academic institutions in Germany (http://www.hrk.de/; http://www.hochschulkompass.de/) will be arranged for all Fulbright grantees. The matriculation will be handled by the Fulbright Commission and will facilitate access to university resources, transportation passes, residence permits, health insurance, etc. Class attendance will depend on the academic level of the grantee, and the requirements of the academic program.

Research Affiliation:

The project affiliation does not have to be with a university, it can be with research labs, NGOs, archives and any other pertinent institutions which are regarded as valuable and necessary for the individual project. An applicant’s preferred affiliation is usually taken into account. Beginning graduate students who will follow the regular university curriculum should not propose projects limited to narrowly defined topics unless they are certain that related courses will be available. Applicants are encouraged to solicit a letter of support from a professor at a host university or other project-related institution and include it in their Fulbright application. In case host universities, approved by the Commission, charge tuition fees, the Commission will reimburse these costs up to the established limit, currently 500 Euro per semester.

General comments:

Financial support will be available throughout the 10-month Fulbright grant period.  And, although the Commission welcomes applications from candidates who wish to enroll in one or two-year Master’s programs, funding for the second year cannot be offered by the Commission. Further limitations regarding admission or tuition may apply.

Special opportunities:

The Fulbright Program will provide a limited number of two-to-four-month internship opportunities with international companies, banks, law firms, etc., during or upon completion of the academic year in Germany. Grantees can apply for this program after arrival.

Music and fine arts affiliations:

Universities of music and fine arts restrict admission in relation to age, number of students, and compatibility of the grant project with curricula. School admission, as well as assignment to classes and instructors, is determined after personal auditions upon arrival. The Fulbright Commission may require (and co-sponsor) candidates to travel to Germany to audition as early as June. Applicants are encouraged to establish contact with German music and art professors before applying for a grant, and to solicit invitations to study under them. The Commission does not accept music and art students who wish to study with private teachers or in private schools, or in programs that charge tuition beyond the authorized limits.

Music and arts selection process:

Final selection of grantees in music and art is made by special selection committees in Germany. In addition to the regular online application music or art samples to be uploaded to Decision Desk (see instructions here: https://app.decisiondesk.com/clients/fulbright/login) for the U.S. application review as described at  http://us.fulbrightonline.org/required-supplementary-materials-for-arts-applicants , Fulbright applicants must submit sound recordings or art documentation (prints, slides, etc.) as described at the link below at the time of application in October. Materials must be submitted by October 21, 2013. 



Married grantees may be eligible for spousal benefits, which include a monthly allowance of 276 Euro, health insurance, and possibly a German language course. However, married students, or students with children, will need additional personal funds to supplement grant benefits. See the Fulbright application form for required amounts.

Fulbright Travel Grants

These grants may be used to supplement other grants to Germany, awards from other sources that do not cover travel expenses, or personal funds. Final approval depends on proof of adequate support (minimum for 10 months: 8,000 Euro).

All other relevant specifications for the study/research grants apply, including the application process.

5 Fulbright Study/Research Grants for Beginning Professional Journalists


Solid proficiency in German commensurate with the project is required.

Grant period:

10 months, September to July. Grants begin in mid-September (or in August if an additional language course is offered in Germany).

Candidate profile :

Applicants should be beginning professional journalists or recent graduates in journalism or related fields with no more than seven years of professional experience. Recent work samples are required as part of the application and must be submitted via Decision Desk; see instructions here: http://v2.decisiondesk.com/clients/fulbright/apply/flexform/1/ . 

Applicants must submit five recent work samples. Applicants may make their own choice of journalistic pieces published within the last 12 months. If possible, the samples should show the coherence between the applicant´s previous work and the project to be pursued while in Germany.  


Research and internship affiliation will be arranged by the Fulbright Commission in cooperation with the grantee; grantee preferences with regard to a position as a guest journalist will be accommodated as far as possible. Research may be conducted at a German university or other relevant institution. University matriculation in Germany (actual coursework is optional) will be required.

Specific considerations:

The grantee will spend the first few months studying and conducting independent research, followed by one or more internships or guest journalist positions at German newspapers, publishers or television and radio stations. All Journalism areas including photo, print, and broadcast journalism, as well as electronic media will be considered.

General comments:

In view of the professional needs of grantees, the maintenance rates have currently been established at 1300 Euro per month. Intensive intermediate summer language courses will be offered to grantees, if necessary.

140 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships


A conversational knowledge of German is required. Candidates should have the equivalent of at least two years of college-level German prior to commencing their Fulbright grants.

Grant period:

9 months, September to the end of June.

Candidate profile :

Candidates at all degree levels will be considered. Candidates should be well-rounded, articulate individuals with the skills and motivation needed to assist in teaching American studies, including English language, to German students at all pre-university levels. These grants are especially suited for students of German (e.g., German studies and history). Applicants from other academic fields will be considered if they have adequate German proficiency. Strong preference will be given to applicants younger than 29.


Dual U.S.-German citizens will not be considered.


Grantees will be placed as teaching assistants in English classes at all types of German schools. Teaching assistants help English teachers in the classroom approximately 12 hours per week. The teaching assistant may conduct, together with the principal teacher, all or part of a class, typically for conversation practice. The assignment may vary, depending on a school’s needs and the assistant’s abilities. Applicants should indicate on their applications their preference for placement in up to three German states/Bundesländer.


A monthly stipend of 800 Euro, health insurance and Fulbright international travel benefits will be provided.

General comments:

The Fulbright Program cooperates with the Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD) and the 16 Länder in Germany in this program. The actual maintenance stipend will be provided by the host-Bundesland or by the Fulbright Commission.


Grantees may be accompanied by their spouse/dependents. However, this program category does not provide any dependents' allowances.  Grantees with accompanying dependents will be required to document that their own funds, in the amount of $450 per month, will be available for dependent maintenance. These funds need to be assured for the visa process for the spouse.  Grantees must also demonstrate that adequate health and accident insurance, including repatriation insurance, for dependents has been obtained.

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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.