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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 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.


10 Fulbright Future Scholarship

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
Spring Start
Grant Length
4-36 Months
Award Type
Special Study/Research
Specialized Grant Types
  • Science/Public Health
  • Environmental
Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants
  • Yes
Award Profile

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is pleased to offer the Fulbright Future Scholarships. This unique opportunity provides significant funding for projects that seek to have a positive impact on the health, prosperity, and livelihoods of Americans and Australians.

Thanks to generous support from The Kinghorn Foundation, the Fulbright Future Scholarships are looking to support projects that seek to advance cutting-edge applied science, kick start innovative business collaborations that foster the creation of new jobs, or further the development of impact-driven emergent technologies.

Grant Length
4-36 Months
Grant Period
Spring Start

A monthly stipend for up to 3 years is possible for applicants proposing enrollment in an Australian PhD program.

Candidates undertaking graduate study should commence their grants in January or February 2024. Those carrying out research must commence their grants at the start of the university year in January or February 2024 with the specific start date agreed upon by both grantee and host institution. 

In-Country Orientation

The Commission offers an in-person Orientation Program in late February.

Candidate Profile

Fulbright Future Scholarships are open to applications for American candidates who satisfy the following criteria.


  • Can apply to complete a full Australian postgraduate degree (up to 3 years)
  • Can apply to conduct research towards a U.S. PhD program or as an independent research project (6 – 10 months)
  • Must have an undergraduate qualification
  • Should aim to create, contribute to, or otherwise enhance Australian-American bilateral research collaborations
  • Must dedicate half a page of the Statement of Grant Purpose (labeled with header “Impact”) to highlighting the potential impact of their proposed research/study
  • All applicants are required to include a letter of invitation from their proposed institution with their application (except postgraduate students seeking to complete an Australian master’s or PhD program)
Dual citizens of this country are NOT eligible
Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
6 Months
Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Special Application Instructions

Applicants must select "Fulbright Future Scholarship" in the award name field of the application.

What is considered "Impact"? 

  • To qualify for the Future Scholarships program, applicants must dedicate half a page of the Statement of Grant Purpose (labeled with header “Impact”) to highlighting the potential impact of their proposed research/study. "Impact" may be defined as: 
    • Significant advancement of new technologies, techniques, or other novel research with potential for practical outcomes
    • Tangible effect, benefit, or outcome for Australians and Australian society
    • Creation of enduring bilateral commercial or research partnerships with potential for significant growth
    • Novel approaches to medical treatment or rehabilitation
    • Potential for job-creation

Candidates who are recommended for final review by the Fulbright Commission in Australia may be contacted for 20-30 minute interviews via Zoom or phone.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required
Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Letter of acceptance required prior to grant start

Degree seeking candidates are not required to have secured affiliation at the time of application but should include some discussion on their ideal top 1-3 institutions/degree program in the project statement. Securing admission at an institution is the responsibility of the applicant after the results of their Fulbright application has been announced.

Research candidates must secure affiliation at the time of application and include a letter of invitation from the proposed host with the application.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition covered in grant benefits

The Fulbright Future Scholarship does not cover the cost of tuition fees and is for travel and monthly stipend only. Australian universities may waive tuition fees, where possible, for U.S. Fulbright graduate students enrolling in a higher degree program. Please note that the waiving of tuition fees is at the discretion of the Australian institution, and candidates are responsible for negotiating tuition fee waivers directly with the corresponding institutions. Tuition fees are reviewed annually, are subject to change, and vary with each institution.

Dependent financial support is NOT available

Dependents (spouse and/or children under 18) are eligible on the required visa for entry into Australia.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact