Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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7 Open Study/Research Awards

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

9 Months

Grants will begin in September and will last through May. 

The Hungarian Fulbright Commission provides a 4-day orientation program in Budapest at the beginning of September, which includes basic language and intercultural competency training. Attendance at the orientation course is expected.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Applicants are welcome in all fields of study. Preference will be given to subjects in arts, music, humanities, and social sciences as they relate to the political, social and economic changes and developing democracy in Hungary; the history and culture of Hungary and of East Central Europe; and the sciences including Mathematics.

Up to two Travel grants will also be awarded to applicants with other sources of funding for an academic year of study which does not cover travel expenses. The same criteria that apply to study/research grants apply to Travel grants. Before a grant is awarded, candidates will be required to confirm their sources of funding to cover their cost of living and research.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Hungarian language proficiency is not a requirement in the candidate selection process unless needed to successfully complete the project/study plan. If Hungarian language proficiency is important for the proposed project/study plan, those who are not proficient in Hungarian should include plans for language study in their Fulbright applications and selected applicants should begin studying the language as soon as feasible, as language abilities will greatly enhance the Fulbright experience.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Final affiliations will be arranged by the Fulbright Commission, but applications should contain preferred institutional placement(s) and a letter of affiliation, if received.  

Placement requests to non-Hungarian higher education institutions active in Hungary are less preferred. Affiliations with institutions outside of Budapest are favored. There are excellent opportunities for independent study and research at all Hungarian higher educational institutions in and outside of Budapest, such as: Debrecen, Szeged, Pécs, Miskolc, Veszprém, Eger, Kecskemét, and Győr, and at the institutions of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.  See the list of Hungarian higher education institutions on the Commission's website at www.fulbright.hu/info-for-fulbright-grantees. The Commission will also provide assistance in securing professional advice. Applicants enrolling in degree programs or courses at a Hungarian institution requiring an entrance examination must apply for admission individually. The Fulbright Commission may provide assistance in gaining admission. Exceptions are music students who wish to study at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest (see Fulbright/Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Award description).

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Generally, a full waiver is not available for programs where tuition fees are required. In some cases partial tuition waiver can be negotiated. Tuition may be covered by the Fulbright grant up to $3,000 per academic year, but fees are considered on an individual basis.


Candidates residing in Hungary at the time of application and/or candidates with extensive experience of the host country are less preferred.

For policy reasons, those born and educated in Hungary, and who left the country within the last five years, will not be considered.

Country Overview

Hungary is a welcoming country with rich cultural and educational traditions. The Hungarian higher education system is part of the European Higher Education Area. The country has many well-known universities with strong international connections, joint programs and many international students.

The academic year is from September to May. Semesters are typically four months in length. The second semester begins in February. Over 400 study programs in English and other languages are offered by Hungarian higher education institutions.

The Hungarian Fulbright Commission organizes an extensive orientation program for U.S. grantees. All through the grant period, grantees are regularly invited to participate in cultural enrichment programs, visits and conferences. These programs offer interesting insights into Hungarian culture, different institutions, and also foster team spirit among grantees.

The Fulbright Commission gives grantees thorough assistance in obtaining visa/residence permit for the duration of their grant in Hungary.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


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.

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.