Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Germany


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75 Open Study/Research Awards

Grant Period:

8 - 10 months for Bachelor and Master Degree Levels
Grants begin in mid-September, usually with an orientation meeting in Germany.

6 - 10 months for Doctoral Research candidates*
*The Fulbright Commission's selection committee will reserve the right to offer shorter grant periods of between 6 and 10 months, if appropriate. If applying for a grant of less than 8 months, please include the grant length in your Project Title within the application, indicating the number of months inside parentheses. For example, “Fulbright Research Proposal Title (6).”

Grants should begin in mid-September 2017; a later start may be considered if before April 2018.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Candidate Profile:

Applicants may come from any recognized academic field and be at any academic level; however, they must have completed at least a Bachelor's degree at the start of the grant. Applicants should have an excellent academic record and strong reference letters. As Fulbright grantees are representing their country in all aspects, applicants should have strong cultural and leadership skills. Proposed projects should be innovative, feasible in Germany, and based on the candidate's overall academic background and profile.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Recommended - Novice
1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: The Fulbright Commission recommends that applicants check the offers for language courses at their potential host institutions. The Fulbright Commission may contribute modestly towards such courses and costs.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Affiliation:

As most applicants seek research opportunities with established German universties or research institutions, such as Max-Planck institutes, there are two types of affiliation possible:

1) Visiting exchange student with practically all routine benefits of matriculated students.

2) Research fellows who are closely integrated in their research departments but are not formally matriculated.

Both types of affiliation allow the grantees to pursue their projects.

3) Candidates seeking admission to one- or two-year Master's programs should check the specific admission requirements before applying to a program. If they cannot be admitted by the start of the grant, candidates risk losing the Fulbright grant, unless another solution can be authorized by the Fulbright Commission. All grantees are encouraged to attend regular courses so as to enhance their academic experiences in Germany.

An applicant’s preferred affiliation is usually taken into account. Beginning graduate students interested in regular course work 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.

General Comments:  Although the Commission welcomes applications from candidates who wish to enroll in one- or two-year Master’s programs, Fulbright funding can be offered for the first year only.  Further limitations regarding admission or tuition may apply.


Ineligibility:

American citizens/passport holders who also have German citizenship cannot be considered.

Applicants already enrolled in Master’s programs in Germany, or who have already begun their program in Germany, are not eligible for Fulbright grants.


Special Application Instructions:

Only Doctoral Research candidates may request a grant period shorter than 10 months, but no less than 6 months. If applying for a grant less than 8 months in duration, please include the grant length in your Project Title within the application, indicating the number of months inside parentheses. For example, “Fulbright Research Proposal Title (6).” In addition, applicants should indicate the shorter grant length in the application Abstract, as well as justification for the shorter grant length in the application Statement of Grant Purpose.


University Matriculation:

The Fulbright Commission usually requires an official university matriculation for all grantees; for exceptions, please see the Affiliation section, above. A formal enrollment with accredited academic institutions in Germany (http://www.hrk.de/; http://www.hochschulkompass.de/) will be arranged for all grantees by the Fulbright Commission. The matriculation 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.


Special Opportunities:

The Fulbright Commission will support self-initated internships, usually at or after the end of the regular grant period, when relevant to the project and background of the grantee (subject to availability of funds).

Germanistic Society of America (GSA) Funding:

Each year, one to two Fulbright Grants to Germany are funded by the Germanistic Society of America (GSA) in conjunction with a Fulbright Travel Grant. This organization, over 100 years old and devoted to educational exchange between the United States and Germany, has been raising scholarship funds for the past 54 years through the annual Quadrille Ball in New York City.  Recipients of GSA funding are chosen from the pool of candidates selected for Fulbright grants and will be notified by IIE.


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 auditions 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 with 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 Supplemental Materials Requirements:

Final selection of grantees in music and art is made by special screening committees in Germany.

Applicants in the Arts to Germany are required to submit two separate sets of materials:

1) For the Fulbright National Screening Committee review, follow the guidelines list in the Required Supplementary Materials for Arts Applicants and submit required work to the Supplementary Materials Upload Portal by the October deadline

2) For further review in Germany, follow Additional Materials for Music and Arts for Germany  and mail hard copy sound recordings or art documentation (prints, slides, etc.)​ postmarked by the October deadline, to:

Fulbright-Kommission
Attn: American Programs
Luetzowufer 26
10787  Berlin
Germany

*Please retain any important tracking information for your records.

For questions specifically regarding these additional materials and requirements, please contact the Fulbright Commission at [email protected]


Dependents:

Dependent support is available


2 Fulbright Travel Awards

Award Profile:

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: EUR 9.000 for a single person).

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


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Special Application Instructions:

Applicants for Travel Grants to Germany are expected to meet the same application and eligibility requirements and deadlines as applicants for the traditional Fulbright U.S. Student Program.


5 Young Professional Journalist Program

Grant Period:

8 - 10 months for Bachelor and Master Degree Levels
Grants begin in mid-September, usually with an orientation meeting in Germany.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


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 the Supplemental Materials Portal. Please see Special Application Instructions below. 


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Required - Intermediate
2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


2 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant.

Additional Information: German language proficiency commensurate with the nature of the proposed project is required.  This means that applicants should have at least intermediate to advanced German language ability. Otherwise, specially-sponsored language courses in Germany beginning in August may be required but are subject to availability. Previous exposure to Germany is welcome.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Affiliation:

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.


General Comments:  Although the Commission welcomes applications from candidates who wish to enroll in one- or two-year Master’s programs, Fulbright funding can be offered for the first year only.  Further limitations regarding admission or tuition may apply.


Placement Type:

Grantees may 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.


Ineligibility:

American citizens/passport holders who also have German citizenship cannot be considered.

Applicants already enrolled in Master’s programs in Germany, or who have already begun their program in Germany, are not eligible for funding.


Special Application Instructions:

In addition to the Fulbright Embark online application, applicants must submit up to five recent work samples in the Supplemental Materials Upload Portal.


Applicants may submit samples of work published within the last 12 months. Where possible, the samples should show the coherence between the applicant's previous work and the project to be pursued while in Germany.

  • Work samples may include a mix of formats as long as the total number of pieces submitted does not exceed five.
  • Each submission should be uploaded individually, except Digital Media links.
  • Work samples can be uploaded in their original format (print, photo, video, audio). Name the upload with the title of the piece.
  • Enter all links in a single Word document with the title of the piece next to the link. Name the document "Digital Media Submission" and save/upload.
  • Audio/video recordings should be edited to only include material which the applicant wishes to be reviewed and should not exceed five minutes.
  • In the "Portfolio Description" section, enter the format for each piece submitted and the title of the piece, name of publication/outlet, and date of publication/broadcast.


University Matriculation:

The Fulbright Commission may require an official university matriculation for all grantees in journalism as a convenience affiliation. 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, but is not mandatory. If such a unviersity affiliation is not feasible, the Fulbright Commission will accept alternate affiliations which are in accordance with the required visa status.


Dependents:

Dependent support is available


140 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Grant Period:

10 months
September to the end of June


Pre-Departure Orientation:

No Pre-Departure Orientation


Candidate Profile:

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. 


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Required - Intermediate
2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: At least 2 years of college-level study of German, or the equivalent, is required prior to commencing the grant. 

Intermediate to advanced German skills are essential to cooperate with teachers, administrators, parents, and other contacts, even though the language of instruction will usually be English.


Placement Type:

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. 


Ineligibility:

American citizens/passport holders who also have German citizenship cannot be considered.


Special Application Instructions:

Applicants should indicate for placement in up to three German states/Bundesländer in the Affiliation section of the Embark application their preference. These preferences will be considered wherever possible.  However, candidates should be aware that they may still be placed in a different state.


Diversity Program:

Within the Fulbright ETA program in Germany, 20 of the approximately 140 grantees will be placed in German schools with significant numbers of students with minority or refugee backgrounds. The Fulbright Commission will select grantees for these schools based on applicants' academic backgrounds and individual qualifications and interests.


General Comments:

In this program the Fulbright Program cooperates with Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD) and the 16 Bundesländer in Germany. Maintenance will be provided by the respective host-Bundesland or the Fulbright Commission.


Special Opportunities:

During the time of assignment, university enrollment as a visiting student may be possible (subject to decision by the university). The Fulbright Commission will not be able to cover any tuition, semester fees, or other costs related to university enrollment.

The Fulbright Commission will support self-initated internships usually at or after the end of the regular grant period, where relevant to the project and background of the grantee (subject to availability of funds).


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


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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.

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

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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.