Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fulbright-Fogarty Awards in Public Health

Fulbright-Fogarty Awards offered in partnership between the Fulbright Program and the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health have been established to promote the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings. The Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship was inaugurated in July 2011 with four fellows in Sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, Malawi, and South Africa). For 2013-14, five Fellows were selected for  Brazil,  Peru, Malawi and South Africa.

All awards are for 9 months at the overseas site. Awards will carry the benefits of Fulbright Study/Research Grants to the country of assignment. The Fogarty International Center, NIH, will provide support to the research training site and may provide orientation of the fellows at NIH.

U.S. students who are currently enrolled in medical school or a graduate-level program and who are interested in global health can apply for this Fellowship.

The basic requirements and process for applying for the Fulbright-Fogarty Program are the same as for any Fulbright U.S. Student Study/Research Grant.


Please note the following :

    1. Review the Country Summary for details on country specific eligibility requirements and research placements. Degree requirements, research focus, and affiliation vary by country.

    2. Select one country to which to apply.

    3. In question 3. SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY of the Online Application, select Fulbright-Fogarty Award. You will only be considered for the Fulbright-Fogarty Award.

    4. A letter of affiliation is not required at the time of application. However, it is recommended that applicants consult with the Principal Investigator at the site and for the project in which they have interest and include a letter of support with their applications, if possible.


Language Requirements

Even though, in most cases, grantees will be working in an English-speaking environment, language preferences for a specific country will apply. That is, if host country language skills are required, then Fulbright-Fogarty applicants should have begun study of the language and have a language plan for the months prior to beginning a grant. The Foreign Language Evaluation should be conducted when the language level is beyond the basic level. 

If host country language skills are not required and the applicant has little or no knowledge of the language, then applicants may wish to consider how they can undertake language study prior to the grant start or during the grant and mention this in the Statement of Grant Purpose.  This grant is part of the Fulbright Program, so consider that even if a country indicates that English will be sufficient for carrying out the proposed project, for purposes of Community Engagement, at least a basic level of language skill should be obtained prior to leaving the United States for the host country.


Statement of Grant Purpose

The following are some basic guidelines as to what you should include in your Statement of Grant Purpose, along with any other information you deem relevant:

  • Why you have chosen the particular country and project;

  • Briefly describe the research project that you hope to join;

  • Explain what you believe you have to contribute to the project;

  • Explain the specific qualifications, training, and/or experiences that you have had related to this project;

  • Explain how you expect to benefit from the assignment, and what use you will make of the experience upon your return to the United States.

  • Remember, too, that since this is a Fulbright grant, applicants should describe ways that they anticipate engaging in the local community. This can be included in the Statement of Grant Purpose or in the Personal Statement.


Eligible Countries

All interested and qualified applicants can compete for available Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in any of the countries listed below:**


Africa Asia Latin America
Botswana Bangladesh Brazil
Kenya China Peru
Malawi Thailand   
South Africa    

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Please refer to the individual participating country summaries for additional information.

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.



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.