Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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8 Open Study/Research Awards

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

Applications are particularly sought in the following disciplines: Environmental Sciences, International Relations, Philippine Area Studies, Geography, History, Arts & Humanities, Anthropology/Archaeology, Law, Education, Linguistics, Journalism, Literature, Political Science, Math, Engineering, Sciences, Public/Global Health, Urban & Regional Planning and Agriculture.

Grant Period

9 Months

Applicants should propose projects that begin mid-August 2019 or mid-January 2020, so that their arrivals will correspond with the beginning of the academic terms of higher education institutions in the Philippines.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Novice

Additional Information: In some cases, knowledge of Tagalog, Cebuano, or other local languages will be helpful, but is not a requirement for grant eligibility. Applicants without Filipino language skills should include plans for language study in their Fulbright projects and should plan to study the language concurrent with their research after arriving in the Philippines.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Candidates affiliate with Philippine universities and must include affiliation letters in their Fulbright applications. Applicants are encouraged to check the website of the Commission on Higher Education at http://www.ched.gov.ph (or search the web) for information about the Philippine educational system and its universities and to directly contact professors at prospective host universities. Other factors being equal, priority will be given to applicants with projects outside of metro Manila. 

Selected applicants should discuss possible housing options with their proposed Philippine host institutions.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

The program does not cover affiliation fees.


Candidates currently residing in the Philippines (or those who will be living there during the 2018-2019 academic year) will not be considered.

Geographical Restrictions

Proposals to conduct research in Mindanao will not be considered. Applicants should check the http://www.state.gov/ for travel advisories.

Additional Resources

To get a glimpse of the Filipino culture, arts, education, history and current updates about the Philippines, applicants are encouraged to visit the following websites:



U.S. Embassy in the Philippines: ph.usembassy.gov


Dependent support is not 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.