Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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6 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Award Profile

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) plans to award up to 6 grants to students for post-graduate study and research for the 2019-2020 academic year (October 2019-June 2020).

USIEF awards are granted on the basis of academic excellence, the leadership promise of the applicant, and the potential of the proposed visit to both advance knowledge and enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and Israel.

This program is designed to give recent graduates, young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. Grantees plan their own projects, which may include university coursework, independent library or field research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or natural sciences, or a combination of such activities.  Along with opportunities for intellectual, professional, and artistic growth, the Fulbright Program offers invaluable opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative experiences.

Grant Period

9 Months

Fulbright grantees should plan to arrive in Israel in the Fall of 2019 in order to participate in the in-country orientation. 

Pre-Departure Orientation


Candidate Profile

Applicants with little or no previous experience in Israel receive preference. Applications will be considered from well-qualified candidates in all fields.

Candidates must be either at the Bachelor's level, or holders of a Master's degree. PhD candidates seeking to conduct research in Israel are also encouraged to apply.

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) offers grants on the basis of academic excellence, the leadership promise of the applicant, and their potential to both advance knowledge and enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and Israel.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Proficiency in Hebrew and/or Arabic is considered in the evaluation of applications only if required in order to carry out the research proposed.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: n/a


Independent Study/Research Option:

U.S. Fulbright students must be hosted by an accredited Israeli institution of higher education.  For the complete list of such institutions, click here.

Each candidate should try to arrange his/her institutional affiliations in Israel independently, including identification of a faculty member willing to serve as an adviser.  If assistance is required, USIEF will attempt to help candidates identify suitable host institutions.

Applications should showcase reasoned and well explained research plan with stated goals and milestones towards the following year and future.

It is highly recommended, but not required, that a letter or letters of invitation be included as part of the Fulbright application.  A formal hosting commitment, including designation of the faculty member who will serve as the candidate’s adviser, must be received by USIEF from an eligible institution no later than February 2019, when the Foundation will make its final decisions regarding the choice of candidates to whom fellowships will be offered.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Independent Study/Research:

  • A stipend for the full academic year (nine months) for an unaccompanied grantee is $16,900. 
  • Payment of tuition for course work for fellows other than Ph.D. candidates up to a maximum of $4,000 for the entire academic year; for Ph.D. candidates – payment of the cost of institutional affiliation, but not payment of tuition for courses.
  • Hebrew and/or Arabic language study fees (maximum – $1,700)
  • Research allowance ($500), where appropriate
  • Limited health insurance for the grantee only


Individuals already residing in Israel are not eligible to apply for a grant.

Candidates who have already completed all the requirements for receipt of a doctoral degree by the application deadline are also not eligible to request post-graduate student fellowships. For Postdoc fellowships in Israel, please check the available Fulbright scholar grants on the website.

Special Application Instructions

  • Academic excellence is the primary criterion for the evaluation of candidates.
  • Leadership qualities are an important evaluation criterion.

Specific Considerations

Applications involving travel to or research or study in the West Bank or Gaza will not be considered.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Noa Turgeman

Additional Online Resources

Fulbright Israel website

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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.