Fulbright U.S. Student Program

China

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50 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
10 Months
PDO
Mandatory
Grant Period

10 Months

Candidates should design projects that begin in early September 2019 or early March 2020, so that their arrivals in China will correspond with the beginning of the academic term at the Chinese host institution. Alternative project timelines are acceptable only for PhD candidates or those grantees applying for Critical Language Enhancement Awards. All candidates receiving Critical Language Enhancement Awards to study Mandarin in China will carry out their language studies in an approved program in the summer or fall of 2019, and their Fulbright research terms will begin immediately after the conclusion of their intensive language programs.

Pre-Departure Orientation

Mandatory

All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2019 as a condition of their grants.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information: Mandarin proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis. Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project.

All candidates are encouraged to apply for the Critical Language Enhancement Award in order to advance their Mandarin language skills prior to undertaking their study/research projects.  Applicants with the minimum required level of language background should apply for the Critical Language Enhancement Award to improve the feasibility of their proposals. Read more details about the Critical Language Enhancement Award program and make sure to follow the guidelines below.

Critical Language Enhancement Award

Mandarin only.

Each Fulbright applicant is responsible for applying directly to the approved language program(s) of interest in China. Each candidate must meet the language program application deadline for the fall term (or the special CET-Harbin Fulbright Summer Term) and this date will likely be prior to final notification of the Fulbright Grant offer status.

Dates and Timing: All Critical Language Enhancement Award recipients to China must enroll in one of the following:

  • CET-Harbin Special Fulbright Summer TermCET-Harbin Fall Term
  • IUP Fall Term  

The 10-month study/research portion of the Fulbright grant will begin immediately following the completion of the language program.

Approved Programs: 

Fulbright Summer Term (July-October)

CET-Harbin:

In the essay portion of the online CET-Harbin application, candidates must include a sentence indicating that they are applying for the “Fulbright Summer Term.” This sentence is critical for applications to be appropriately considered.

There are a limited number of slots for candidates interested in pursuing the Fulbright Summer Term option, so candidates will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fall Term (August-December)

CET-Harbin:

Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Study:

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No

Affiliation

All applicants must identify the Chinese faculty member who will serve as the primary adviser to the project. The faculty member needs to have a regular appointment at the host institution. Individuals who hold full-time positions at U.S. universities and who have part-time or visiting appointments or those who have retired from the Chinese host institution are not appropriate choices as Fulbright project advisers.

For detailed guidance about arranging an affiliation at a Chinese host institution, please refer to the China Applicant Affiliation Guide.

Graduating seniors and Bachelor’s-level candidates must propose to affiliate with Chinese universities and to have Chinese faculty members as advisers. Grantees will affiliate with Chinese universities and will audit classes at their host institutions. In keeping with programmatic efforts to increase regional diversity and promote the Fulbright program across China, applicants should affiliate with universities outside of Beijing or Shanghai. Any applicant wishing to affiliate with a university in Beijing or Shanghai must present serious justification in the Statement of Grant Purpose as to why the project must be carried out there. Other factors being equal, priority will be given to applicants with projects outside of the major city centers. Applicants should identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. For a list of recommended affiliations, please review the Fulbright China Affiliation Guide for Graduating Seniors and Bachelor’s-level Candidates.

Graduate students must affiliate with Chinese institutions of higher education (universities, academies of social science, or academies of science) and have Chinese faculty members as advisers. In keeping with programmatic efforts to increase regional diversity and promote the Fulbright program across China, priority may be given to applicants with projects outside of Beijing and Shanghai. Applicants should identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. For a list of recommended affiliations, please review the Fulbright China Affiliation Guide for Graduate Students.

Ineligibility

  • Candidates currently residing in China, Hong Kong or Macau (or those who will be living there during the 2018-2019 academic year) will not be considered.
  • Proposals for intern work at NGOs or other organizations will not be accepted.
  • Proposals for enrollment in Chinese graduate degree programs will not be accepted.

Field of Study Restrictions

Business is not recommended. Hard science and technology projects are not recommended except in: environmental science, public health and sustainable development.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Wang Xiaomei

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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.