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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.If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you will apply through that institution, even if you are not currently a resident there. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


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 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the 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/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will 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 or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

Fulbright Outreach Partners

Fulbright Outreach Partners, are a diverse network of leadership organizations, minority-serving associations, and professional institutes. They represent a wide range of organizations  experienced in working with populations that have been historically underrepresented in educational and cultural exchange programs. 

These value-aligned partners have committed to supporting the promotion of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program by identifying and recommending highly motivated individuals who share our mission of fostering mutual understanding, sharing knowledge across communities, and improving lives around the world. The Fulbright Program will collaborate with Outreach Partners by:

  • Providing training to designated contacts within each organization and equipping them with resources to disseminate among their members and alumni networks, enhancing program visibility.
  • Organizing exclusive webinars for partner members and alumni, co-hosted by association staff, and led by IIE program staff and Fulbright Program alumni.
  • Tracking data to evaluate the partnership's effectiveness over time.
  • Extending invitations to attend key trainings and conferences, and participating in events hosted by partner organizations, such as conferences, trainings, and workshops.
  • Collaborating with partner organizations to identify and showcase success stories through various platforms, including social media, blog articles, and print media.
  • Engaging in additional outreach activities

If your organization is interested in partnering with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, please reach out to

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is pleased to partner with…


Boren Awards- an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars and Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year.
Critical Language Scholarship Program - Intensive summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Program designed to promote rapid language acquisition and cultural navigation skills.
Diversity Abroad- To ensure that students from diverse economic, educational, ethnic, and social backgrounds are aware, have equal access and take advantage of the benefits and opportunities afforded through global education exchanges.
Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Program- Enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)- Promotes Hispanic student access to and success in higher education; encourage the diversity of faculty and staff at institutions of higher learning; and provide a network of support for faculty and staff committed to Hispanic higher education throughout the country.
Mobility International USA (MIUSA)- Promotes the value of disability rights and inclusion globally to people with disabilities. Acts as the bridge between people with disabilities and the international exchange and international development sectors.
Phi Theta Kappa- Recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
The Posse Foundation- Believe that a small, diverse group of talented students—a Posse—carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for increased individual and community development. Train these leaders of tomorrow.
Public Policy and International Affair Fellowship Program - Works to promote the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout our civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs.
Reach the World- Reach the World transforms the energy of travelers into a learning resource for K-12 classrooms, using the web, messaging and video conferencing to connect youth with travelers in one-on-one global, virtual exchanges.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund - Partners with member-schools to increase access, retention and graduation rates of students. Identify and prepare students who have significant leadership potential. Create a pipeline for employers to highly qualified member-school students and alumni.
Strada Education Foundation strives to equip scholars with the skills to thrive as 21st-century citizens, enhancing opportunities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and empowering them to excel globally. Strada's initiative, supporting over 400 scholars across 50 HBCUs, extends beyond financial aid to emphasize leadership development and provide avenues for experiential learning.