Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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8 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

Fulbright grantees should plan to arrive in Israel in the Fall of 2018 in order to participate in the in-country orientation. 

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.

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 interested in pursuing a Master's degree at an Israeli institute of higher learning must be either at the Bachelor's level, or holders of one Master's seeking to earn a second degree. They may only apply for one-year Master's programs.

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: Yes


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.

It is 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 2018, when the Foundation will make its final decisions regarding the choice of candidates to whom fellowships will be offered.

Graduate Degree Option:

Candidates seeking to pursue graduate degrees during their grant terms may only apply to the following universities. (Information on the application and degree requirements for each institution is available through their websites, which are linked below):   

Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Only Master’s degrees in the following programs at this institution are eligible:

    ·  Jewish Studies

    ·  Israel Studies

    ·  Nonprofit Management and Leadership

    ·  Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

      Tel Aviv UniversityOnly Master's degrees in the following programs at this institution are eligible:      

      • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
      • Crisis and Trauma Studies
      • Environmental Studies
      • Middle Eastern Studies
      • Security and Diplomacy Studies
      • International LLM
      • Global Migration and Policy (permissible two-year program)

      In addition to applying for the Fulbright fellowship, graduate degree-seeking candidates must apply to the degree program through the university's application system.

      Independent Study/Research AND Graduate Degree Enrollment:

      Receiving the Fulbright fellowship is contingent on acceptance to the degree program. If a candidate is awarded a Fulbright fellowship, but not offered admission at the university, the Fulbright fellowship will be rescinded. Finalists must receive a decision from the university by March 31, 2018 and inform USIEF whether or not they have been accepted.                                                                                                                                

      Affiliation Fees/Tuition

      Independent Study/Research:

      USIEF will cover tuition for grantees other than Ph.D. candidates up to an amount of $4,000 for the full academic year. For Ph.D. candidates, USIEF will pay the cost of affiliation to the university, but not tuition for courses. 

      USIEF will also cover Hebrew or Arabic language study fees up to a maximum of $1,700.

      Graduate Degree Enrollment:

      USIEF will cover the tuition and fees of the Master's Program


      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.

      Specific Considerations

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


      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.