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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.


4 Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
Fall Start
Grant Length
10 Months
Award Type
Open Study/Research
Award Profile

There are up to 4 awards for U.S. recent graduates, graduate or PhD students to conduct a 10 month period of research in Cambodia.

Grant Length
10 Months
Grant Period
Fall Start

Grantees may begin their grants in September 2025 in order to attend an in-country orientation.

Pre-Departure and In-Country Orientation

Grantees are required to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation organized by ECA and IIE in the summer as well as an in-country security briefing upon arrival.

Candidate Profile

Master’s and Ph.D. students are preferred, but graduating seniors and recent graduates will be considered. Applications are welcome in all fields of study. Candidate must be willing and able to work with a high degree of independence.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

Self-motivation, creativity, adaptability, and professionalism and are keys to a successful experience as a Fulbright student researcher. As a student researcher, you are expected to problem-solve and operate independently to the extent that you can. You are also expected to be cultural ambassadors and promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and Cambodia. You can work with your U.S. Embassy to program a series of presentations at the U.S. Embassy’s American Center in Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, Batttabang and Siem Reap to raise awareness and/or educate the Cambodian students on a topic of your interest (e.g. climate change, sports, STEM, etc.), which aligns with the U.S. Embassy’s priorities in Cambodia.

Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
9 Months
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Foreign Language Proficiency
Recommended - Novice

Additional Information: Khmer language proficiency is not a requirement in the candidate selection process. Applicants without Khmer language skills should include plans for language study in their Fulbright projects and should plan to study Khmer concurrent with their research after arriving in Cambodia.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter recommended but not required at deadline

It is strongly recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition not covered in grant benefits
Award Benefits
  • A stipend broadly based on the cost of living in the host country. These funds may be used by the grantee to support housing, meals, and incidental costs during the grant period.
  • International travel benefits
  • Accident & sickness health benefits
  • 24/7 mental health support line for urgent and non-urgent situations
  • 12 months of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government
Stipend Amount

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

1600 monthly stipend amount in
$ [US Dollar]
Estimated Cost of Living

Consider using cost of living comparison websites to gain a better understanding of the potential costs in your host country.

-        Housing: $300 - $500/month

-        Utilities - $150/month

-        Foods - $350/month

-        Transportation – $300/month


Dependent financial support is NOT available
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Special considerations

Grantees are reminded to observe all security, safety, and health practices appropriate for Southeast Asia, including malaria prevention.  As in all developing countries, the candidates should not expect sophisticated equipment or apartments with American standards of comfort.  Living conditions outside of urban areas tend to be harsh and without plumbing and electricity.  Housing availability can be limited, although the situation in Phnom Penh, Siem Riep, and Battambong has improved in recent years.  Use of libraries can be hampered by short hours, closed stacks, and limited circulation.