Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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8 Open Study/Research Awards

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

The US Study/Research Grant allows young professionals, recent graduates and graduate students to conduct research for one academic year (10 months) at a higher education institution in Colombia. 

Grant benefits include:  Round trip international airfare, Monthly living stipend, Accident and Sickness Health Benefits, Orientation Seminar at the beginning of the grant.

Grant Period

10 Months

Grant dates correspond to the academic year, August 2018 to May 2019. Changes or deferrals of the grant period are not allowed. The grant period begins with an orientation seminar organized by the Fulbright Commission in late July.  All U.S. Student grantees are required to attend the orientation.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Candidates at all degree levels will be considered; however, graduate students conducting a thesis or dissertation research project are preferred.

Applications from all fields of study are eligible, however, applications from science and technology are strongly encouraged. Projects related to the fields of engineering, mathematics, biology, food science, agriculture, and environmental sciences are of particular interest. Applications from the social sciencies, humanities and education are also welcome.

Candidates who will base themselves in the Colombian regions (i.e. outside of Bogota) will be given preference.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Spanish language proficiency is required, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also for an easy adaptation to daily life in Colombia. Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between the time of application and the begining of the grant on Application Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is also required.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


The role of the affiliation in the U.S. Student Program is to provide ongoing and substantive oversight and support for the grantee's project. Grantees will be required to have affiliations with higher education institutions or research centres in Colombia. Therefore, applicants must initiate contact with the host institution of preference and obtain a formal letter of invitation or affiliation prior to submitting the application.

In addition to indicating the nature of the affiliation between the applicant and the host institution (e.g., enrollment in classes, access to facilities or resources, collaboration with an ongoing project, etc.), the letter should state that a host contact will be available during the grant year to mentor the applicant and/or supervise the applicant's work on the proposed project.

Any secondary affiliation with a non-academic institution should be arranged by the grantee and the Fulbright Commission must be informed.


U.S. citizens holding dual U.S.-Colombian citizenship are not eligible.


Applicants conducting research activities must know that Colombia's security situation is very organic, and that certain cities and rural areas of the country may be restricted.  

All ground travel in Colombia must be approved by the Fulbright Commission and the U.S. Embassy prior to making travel arrangements.


Dependent support is not 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.