Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Required Supplementary Materials for Arts Applicants


Applications in the Creative and Performing Arts require the submission of supplementary materials (work samples) in support of the written application. Complete instructions and technical support for uploading materials are on DecisionDesk. DecisionDesk is a separate website not associated with the Embark Online application. Please use Chrome, Safari or Firefox as your web browser when accessing the DecisionDesk website to enter application information and to upload your supplementary materials in the Arts. We do not recommend using Internet Explorer with DecisionDesk.

Except for candidates to Germany (see the special instructions for Applicants to Germany link below), the submission of hard copies of materials is not permitted.

All artists submitting supplementary materials on DecisionDesk must also complete the Abstract of Proposal or Artist’s Statement section. The statement should briefly describe, in narrative form, the applicant’s practical study, training and experience specific to the proposed project.

Specifications for the required supplementary materials vary based on the artistic Field of Study. Select your field below to review the detailed instructions as to what to submit.  For the visual arts, JPEGs with descriptive notes (e.g., dimensions, date of execution, materials used, etc.) are preferred over power point presentations.


Fields of Study considered as Creative & Performing Arts:

Applicants with training or experience in design or planning should submit a digital portfolio of their work. Film/video presentations are acceptable when motion is an integral component of the work presented. Applicants in city or regional planning who have not produced physical plans or graphic work should not submit supplementary material. The portfolio is an integral part of each applicant’s submission and must be constructed in a manner to give evidence of the candidate’s ability and promise via the following categories: (1) Supporting visual materials which will give foundation and illumination to the candidate’s proposed area of interest and program of study. Maps, drawings, photographs, reports, etc., may be included; (2) A representative collection of the candidate’s student design work and/or research, as well as professional activities in his or her chosen field. The collection may include architectural design, open space and landscape design, etc., as well as samples of visual or intellectual materials that indicate the candidate’s development in related fields and areas of activity. These may include freehand drawings, artwork, graphics, essays, published articles, etc.

In the presentation of the projects and works, clear identification of the title, nature, dates, duration and authorship should be made on each inclusion. Where collaboration is in evidence, a percentage of effort of the total responsibility by the candidate should be listed. In presenting the categories represented, the overall quality of the portfolio, its display technique and packaging should be undertaken in a manner to give the best impression of the candidate’s communication and graphic-reporting skills.

Creative Writing
A total of ten pages of double-spaced text. Playwrights, Poets, and Screenwriters should submit the text in the format appropriate to the genre (i.e., not double-spaced, if inappropriate to the selection). Longer selections will not be presented. The writing sample must be in the same genre as the Fulbright project being proposed. Applicants should indicate the genre (Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, etc.) in parentheses after the title of the piece. Prose writers should submit 10 pages from the same piece of work.
Applicants should submit a film/video of not more than 10 minutes which is designed to illustrate their technical ability and their ability to carry out the project they propose. A solo performance is preferred. Applicants should identify themselves in group performances. Choreographers should submit a film/video of a dance choreographed and performed with the choreographer, who should identify him/herself in the performance. They should also submit a statement of choreographic objective and method. Choreographers who are also dancers must specify whether the submission is an example of their choreography or their dancing, or both.
Design & Crafts
Where not evident, applicants should submit an explanation of the method of production and materials used. In addition to a maximum of 10 color images, applicants whose work involves textile design should include images of swatches. Graphic designers (commercial) should submit 10 images of their work. Designers of three-dimensional objects should submit a maximum of 10 color images rather than photographs of products executed. Where not clear, a brief description of the product illustrated should be included and listed on the image.
A maximum of two films, no longer than 6 minutes each, may be submitted. Work submitted should support the nature of the project, e.g., filmmakers proposing to make documentary and experimental films should submit samples of their ability in the genre. Submit only those segments of pieces which you wish to be viewed. Filmmakers MUST indicate the specific role they played in the production of the film, e.g., directing, editing, cinematography, etc. Applicants in Film Studies (academic study or research of film) should not submit supplementary materials.
Installation Art
At least two views of each work should be included. A digital portfolio of 15 images of at least 5 different pieces should be submitted. Each image should include notes describing the size, material(s) used and the date of execution for the piece. A film/video of not more than three minutes of the sculpture in motion, may also be included, but only for work in which mechanical or kinetic motion is an integral component.
  • Carillon and Percussion: Applicants should submit an unedited video with selections of their own choice which best demonstrate their performance abilities.
  • Conducting: Applicants must submit a 5-minute unedited video of a rehearsal. Judges are looking for improvement during this rehearsal (i.e., balance, ensemble, notes) through both rehearsal and conducting technique. It is imperative that instructions being given by the applicant to the musicians be audible to the judges. Microphone location is, therefore, vital. A description of the type and level of the ensemble conducted on the video must be included. Candidates for Germany and Austria must document their ability to play the piano. Applicants should describe the extent of their conducting experience, name the orchestras or choruses conducted and their repertoire during the periods the applicant was associated with them. Two contrasting pieces should be included, one of which is a standard. Scores should be included for other than standard works. For Germany, see note below.
  • Composition: Applicants must submit at least three scanned scores. Preferably two should be recent works. Recordings must accompany scores. It is preferred that one of the scores be in a small musical form, e.g., a song or piano piece. On the program submitted with the recording, the applicant must indicate the date of each composition. Additionally, a list of all works (including the date of each) must be provided, showing which works have been performed or read. Compositions on microfilm, penciled scores, or loose sheets should not be uploaded.
  • Harpsichord: Applicants should submit an unedited video of a complete work by J.S. Bach, such as an English suite or a partita or the Italian Concerto or the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue or one of the large preludes and fugues from the Well Tempered Clavier; a pair of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, including a contemporary work, is strongly recommended. The candidate should feel free to include additional works from the 16th, 17th or 18th centuries that might help the committee evaluate the performance.
  • Opera Direction (Apply in the field of Voice): Applicants should submit programs, reviews, photographs and any other pertinent material that gives evidence of their professional qualifications.
  • Organ: Applicants should submit a 10-15 minute unedited video including three movements of works in various styles, one relating specifically to the student’s area of specialization. A detailed program, indicating title and composer, should be included. The instrument used in the recording should be identified and, to the extent necessary, described (number of stops, keyboards, etc.). A photograph of the instrument being played should be included. At least one piece by Bach must be included.
  • Piano: Pianists must submit recent unedited video of: (1) a complete Baroque work or a group of smaller works; (2) a complete classical sonata; (3) a major romantic work–e.g., a sonata, fantasy, ballade, scherzo, variations, or a complete group of shorter works, e.g., Opus 116, Brahms, or the 4 Impromptus, Chopin; (4) a substantial 20th or 21st Century composition in its entirety.

    Repetitions in partitas and in the exposition section of sonatas should be omitted. No concerti are permitted.

    Accompanists (Collaborative Piano): Applicants should submit a full unedited video of four styles of solo repertoire consistent with traditional applicants in piano and should also submit examples of their performance as accompanists in their chosen area of accompaniment.
  • String Instruments: Applicants should submit an unedited video including: (1) a concerto from the 19th or 20th Century; (2) a sonata with piano or harpsichord; (3) one unaccompanied work; (4) a selection of the candidate’s choice. It is required that at least one work be from the 20th Century and that a work of Bach be included.
  • Voice: Candidates must specify voice classification (soprano, tenor, etc.). Applicants should submit an unedited video of: (1) an aria or song in the language of the country to which they are applying; (2) a song or an aria of the applicant’s own choosing, in any language; (3) a song in English. A fourth piece from the 20th Century may be added. Care should be taken to include selections from several periods.

    NB: After preliminary screening, applicants may be invited to audition during early December. Those who cannot appear for an audition will be at a distinct disadvantage.
  • Woodwind & Brass: Applicants should submit an unedited video including: (1) a sonata, preferably an unaccompanied sonata; (2) a concerto; (3) a modern work (items 2 and 3 may be combined); (4) a selection of the candidate’s choice; one of the selections should be by Bach. Suggested composers for concerto selections are: Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Rolla, Bartok, Hindemith; preferably not Lalo or Saint-Saens. Repetitions in partitas and in the exposition section of sonatas should be omitted.
Applicants must submit a digital portfolio of up to 10 images of current work. Each image should include notes describing the size, material(s) used and the date of execution for the piece. No other formats will be accepted.
Performance Art
Applicants should submit a film/video of not more than 10 minutes. Artists should identify their contribution to the piece and the roles of any collaborators and should identify themselves in the performance.
Photographers must submit a digital portfolio (150 dpi is preferred, but not less than 72) with a maximum of 20 original works. Slides or other formats are not acceptable.
At least two views of each work should be included. A digital portfolio containing 15 images of at least 5 different pieces should be submitted. Each image should include notes describing the size, material(s) used and the date of execution for the piece. A film/video of not more than three minutes of the sculpture in motion, may also be included, but only for work in which mechanical or kinetic motion is an integral component.
Theater Arts
  • Acting: Actors should submit a 6-minute film/video of themselves performing two emotionally contrasting monologues: one classical and one contemporary. Each monologue should be introduced on the film/video and should indicate the play and role portrayed.
  • Costume Design: Costume Designers should submit a digital portfolio of the costumes and finished photographs from the production, with a statement explaining the approach and desired effect. Costume designers may also submit cloth swatches. The name of the production must be clearly indicated.
  • Directing: Directors should have cast and directed at least three or four productions. For one of these, they should submit photographs, a prompt book and an outline of the directorial approach to the play with special reference to problems of casting, preparing a working stage plan, stage design and costumes, and method of working with actors. They should also submit a 6-minute film/videoof the production.
  • Set Design: Set Designers should submit digital portfolio of the sets and finished photographs from the production, with a statement explaining the approach and desired effect. The name of the production should be clearly indicated.
World Music/Ethnomusicology
World Music/Ethnomusicology applications are defined as those with study projects having a focus on performance and/or musical instrument training in non-Western, Folk or Vernacular instruments or musical styles, including indigenous musical forms from various regions of the world. Jazz musicians should apply in World Music. Examples of previous World Music projects include performance-based study in Afro-Peruvian jazz, the Celtic harp, Hungarian folk music, Indonesian gamelan, and Tuvan throat singing. World Music/Ethnomusicology applicants are free to upload DVDs, CDs or other media presenting 3 to 4 selections that best represent the projects proposed and the applicants’ ability in their respective disciplines.

For academic study or research in the study or history of traditional, European classical music, candidates should apply in Musicology.

Note: For Applicants to Germany

All applicants to Germany who are required to submit additional materials. The specifications can be found on the Additional Materials For Music And Arts For Germany page. These additional materials only should be sent to IIE by the competition deadline.


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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.



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.