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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 fulbrightscholars.org.

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.

2017 Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors

The Fulbright U.S. Student Alumni Ambassador Program was established in 2008 to identify, train and engage a select group of approximately 15 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni each year to serve as representatives, recruiters and spokespersons for the Fulbright Program. They are selected annually through recommendations from Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassy staff, area managers, the Fulbright Student Program Outreach Division and are approved by the sponsor of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors come from an array of different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, states, fields of study, institutions; they have participated in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program in all world areas.

Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors represent the program's rich diversity and play a key role in increasing knowledge about Fulbright opportunities. They provide testimonials about their Fulbright experiences at conferences and campus presentations and offer application tips in written articles, video and podcast interviews, webinars and at special events throughout the United States. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program relies on the Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors to mentor potential applicants, sharing what a Fulbright grant is really like, along with how to address the challenges of living abroad successfully and how best to meet the Fulbright Program's ultimate goal—to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries.

Lyuba Basin

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
Argentina, 2015-2016

Ryan Bell

Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow
Russia and Kazakhstan, 2015-2016

David Bernstein

Fulbright U.S. Student in Business
Luxembourg, 2013-2014

Benjamin Cohn

Fulbright-mtvU Fellow
Ghana, 2014-2015

Samantha Costello

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
Azerbaijan, 2013-2014

History Estill-Varner

Fulbright U.S. Student in Interpretation/Translation the Dominican Republic, 2015-2016

M Jackson

Fulbright U.S. Student in Geography
Iceland, 2015-2016

Katlin Kraska

Fulbright U.S. Student in Environmental Studies Indonesia, 2013-2014

Shondrea McCargo

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Malaysia, 2015-2016

Aaron Sayama

Fulbright Public Policy Fellow Timor-Leste, 20152016

Shayak Sengupta

Fulbright U.S. Student in Energy
India, 2015-2016

Lin Shi

Fulbright U.S. Student in Economics
Belgium (European Union), 2013-2014

Benjamin Simington

Fulbright U.S. Student
India in History, 2015-2016

Gwyneth Talley

Fulbright U.S. Student in Anthropology
Morocco, 2015-2016

Michael Verlezza

Fulbright U.S. Student in Economics
Canada, 2014-2015

Yuriy Veytskin

Fulbright U.S. Student in Engineering
Australia, 2013-2014

Sarah Lightfoot Vidal

Fulbright U.S. Student in Engineering
Chile, 2013-2014

Mia Warren

Fulbright U.S. Student in Creative Writing
Peru, 2013-2014

Tanisha Williams

Fulbright U.S. Student in Ecology
South Africa, 2015-2016