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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.


5 Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
Flexible Start
Grant Length
6-10 Months
Award Type
Open Study/Research
Award Profile

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious federation of 13 states and three federal territories that boasts one of Southeast Asia's most vibrant economies. A confluence of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous tribes co-exist in areas as disparate as sandy beaches, urban centers, and tea plantations, though racial and religious divides persist.

Researchers and teachers in fields such as agriculture, forestry, and tropical ecology, environmental studies, Southeast Asian history, and society, media and information technology, cultural studies, public health, and Islamic topics are highly sought. Different cultures, languages, and realities offer innumerable opportunities for research and study.  

Applicants should be able to share the diversity of the United States and have good intercultural skills and communication skills, and be adaptable to new environments.  Well–defined projects with clear objectives and a clear work plan are appreciated.

Welcome to Malaysia

Grant Length
6-10 Months
Grant Period
Flexible Start

The grant is for a period of 6-10 months with the earliest start on September 1, 2025 and end the latest on June 30, 2026.

Pre-Departure Orientation

Pre-departure orientation 2 weeks before departure date.

Candidate Profile

The Commission is seeking applicants who:

1. Demonstrate leadership experience, attributes, and, or potential.

2. Outline a strong rationale and feasible methodology for pursuing their project in Malaysia that indicates how a Fulbright grant to Malaysia fits into their longer-term goals.

3. Demonstrate the benefit of becoming a Fulbrighter; to themselves (personally and professionally), to their discipline, to society, to Malaysia, to the Fulbright Program / Commission, and to the U.S. when they return.

4. Extend themselves beyond their project/studies to become actively involved in Malaysian society and the work of the Fulbright Commission.

5. The Commission is keen to support projects that bring awardees into contact with a wide range of stakeholders, particularly outside of academia, to maximize their academic/cultural exchange experience and to raise awareness of the Fulbright Program in Malaysia.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

Emma Crushing, Fulbright U.S. Student Researcher Alum '21-'22  with Dr. Nurzhafarina Othman (left) from University Malaysia Sabah