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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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.

Getting Started

The 2023-2024 Competition is now closed. The 2024-2025 competition will open in April 2023. Please check back.


Step 1: Confirm Eligibility

Review eligibility requirements for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program before proceeding.

Step 2: Determine Applicant Type

You will apply either through a U.S. institution or At-Large.

  • 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.
  • If you are not currently enrolled, you may apply through your alma mater, provided that the institution is willing and able to accommodate alumni applications. All other candidates will apply as At-Large applicants.
Application procedure for candidates applying through U.S. institutions
  • The Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) will set a campus application deadline for the institution’s students, which is typically 4-6 weeks earlier than the final October deadline. Please confirm the campus deadline with the FPA.
  • All candidates applying through a U.S. institution must submit the Fulbright application through the Fulbright online application system by the campus deadline; all supporting materials as outlined in the Application Components section, must also be included by the campus deadline date.
  • Once your application has been submitted for institutional review, the Fulbright Program Adviser will schedule a campus interview for you.
  • Following the interview and before the national deadline in October, you may have the opportunity to revise your application based on feedback provided by the Fulbright Program Adviser and the campus interview committee.
  • You must work with the Fulbright Program Adviser to ensure that your application is officially submitted and that all supporting documents are attached by the final deadline.

To find a Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA), please enter your institution name or select the state:


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Application procedure for At-Large candidates
At-Large candidates must submit their applications through the Fulbright online application system by the national deadline. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that all supporting documents are attached to the online application, as outlined in the Application Components.

Step 3: Select Award Type
Study/Research Awards
  • Offered for projects in all Academic and Creative & Performing Arts fields. Applicants can propose their own independent study/research projects or, in some countries, can propose to enroll in a graduate program. Arts applicants, please proceed to the Creative & Performing Arts Fields of Study section for information about available fields and supplementary materials requirements.

Enhancement Awards

  • The Fulbright–National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship provides a unique platform for American Fulbright students to develop global narratives and discuss commonalities across borders around a common issue or theme. Trained, supported, and mentored by National Geographic Editors during their grants in one or multiple countries, Fellows will use new media platforms to help build ties across cultures while enhancing mutual understanding. The digital content that they produce will be featured online in various places, including a blog hosted by National Geographic.
English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Awards
  • Places grantees in educational centers overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a fluent speaker presence in the classrooms. Please proceed to the English Teaching Assistant Award section to see the countries offering a grant.
Resources for Picking the Correct Award
  • Tutorial Videos and Webinars can assist you in learning more about each award type.
  • Award Search allows you to narrow down opportunities by educational background, grant type, and world area.

Step 4: Review Country Opportunities
  • Select country(ies) of interest and review available awards and eligibility requirements.

Step 5: Review Application Components
Step 6: Start An Application
  • Application is open annually from early April – mid-October. Check the Competition Timeline for this cycle dates.
  • Applicants applying through an institution will submit by their campus deadlines, prior to the national deadline. Contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution for more information.