Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Grant Period

10 Months

Fulbright grants will begin between August 2018 and February 2019, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Manama.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, D.C. in June or July 2018 as a condition of their grants.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

A level of proficiency in Arabic sufficient to carry out the proposed research is preferred but not required.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


It is recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. However, the U.S. Embassy in Manama makes the final arrangements in placing grantees at the appropriate academic institutions.

Special Opportunities

Projects in all disciplines are considered, but Bahraini host institutions often prefer those in business, economics, education, and the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.


Host institutions will not provide housing but may assist grantees in finding nearby and appropriate housing.


Dependent support is 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.