Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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18 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

Up to 20 awards are offered for the Fulbright Study/Research Grant program:

  • 8-10 in the hard and life sciences
  • 8-10 in the arts, humanities, and social sciences

Grant Period

9 Months

Grants will begin on September/October 1 to May/June 30 for university attendance. Grant periods vary according to an applicant's proposal type as follows:

  • Degree seeking MA/MS graduating seniors: 10 months.
  • Doctoral candidates: 6-9 months
  • Artists: 9 months
  • Non-degree seeking graduating seniors: 8 months 

Degree-seeking candidates may apply to degree programs taught in French or English.

Grantees will be required to attend a mandatory 1- to 2-day orientation in late September or early October, and a 2-day mid-year conference in February.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

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

  • Applicants in the arts, humanities, and social sciences may propose to do the following in their application: complete a full graduate degree (Master's or PhD); attend courses in a French University as a non-degree seeking student; pursue research in France; or pursue a combination of research and course work in France. Preference will be given to candidates enrolling in degree-seeking programs in a French institution.
    • Degree-seeking students will be eligible for a student visa.
    • Non-degree seeking students will be eligible for a visitor visa.
  • For reasons of visa eligibility, applicants in the hard sciences (including life sciences and engineering) must fall into one of three categories:
    • Be enrolled in a French university as a student during their stay in France, in which case they are eligible for a student visa;
    • Be enrolled in a US university during their stay in France, in which case they are eligible for an intern visa;
    • Or already have validated a Master's degree before arriving in France, in which case they are eligible for a scientific-researcher visa.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Novice

Additional Information: French language proficiency is recommended, commensurate with the requirements of the project. Sponsored language courses are not offered by the Fulbright Program in France; however, candidates are encouraged to check with the host institution for language course possibilities. On the Embark Application System, applicants should include "Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation" and "Form 8: A Foreign Language Evaluation by a professional language instructor" in relation to their language proficiency.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with a French university or research center. A letter of 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, candidates should take 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 who will be applying to university study programs must pay attention to university program application deadlines and requirements. They should also pay particular attention to the requirement of enrolling with CampusFrance, an additional, mandatory step in the application process. Many universities require that candidates complete registration with CampusFrance by March 31, 2018, which is often much earlier than university admissions results are announced or even before some admissions applications are available through the individual university websites. Candidates should therefore register with CampusFrance well before the March 31 deadline in order to maintain eligibility for university enrollment. Access the CampusFrance portal for the US.

Applicants may also consult the CampusFrance website for general information on visas, studying in France, and French institutions of higher education. Please note that the CampusFrance higher education directory includes programs offered in French and in English.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

In 2016-17, the annual tuition fee for public higher education institutions at the Master's level was 256 Euros, 610 Euros for an Engineering diploma, and 391 Euros at the doctoral level.  Please consult the French Ministry of Higher Education and research website for university listings: http://www.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/

However, specific programs may have significantly higher tuition fees.  Waivers of tuition are at the discretion of the French educational institution, and applicants are responsible for requesting waivers directly from the institution if selected as a Fulbright grantee.


Candidates residing in France at the time of application are not eligible for consideration.

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.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

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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.

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. 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.