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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.


2 Open Study/Research Award

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

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Mongolia offers up to two Open Study/Research Awards to U.S. graduate or PhD students to conduct a 10-month period of research and/or study in Mongolia. These awards are available in any field/discipline.

Grant Length
10 Months
Grant Period
Fall Start

Candidates should design projects that begin in August or September of 2024. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in the United States as a condition of their grants.

Candidate Profile

Applicants should be mature, articulate, and motivated individuals who understand the challenges of the harsh climate and daily challenges of living in a developing country. The most successful applicants are flexible, open-minded, independent, and industrious.

Dual citizens of this country are NOT eligible
Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant
Accepted Degree Levels
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Special Application Instructions

In compliance with the Mongolian government regulations regarding health and assignment in the school system, candidates must include any medical disclosures for the applicable medical conditions listed below in the medical examination forms provided by IIE after being selected as Fulbright finalists. Strict adherence to these regulations is mandatory, and your grant is contingent on the ability to secure a placement in Mongolia. Any attempts to omit or falsify information are immediate grounds for revoking/terminating the grant.

Candidates who are recommended for final review may be contacted for a 15-30 minute interview by the embassy via phone or Zoom.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Recommended - Novice

Applicants without Mongolian language skills should include plans for language study in their Fulbright projects and must study Mongolian concurrent with their research after arriving in Mongolia. A regional or local language may be needed for a specific project.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline

Applicants must identify and contact appropriate host universities in Mongolia for their projects and must include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. Research centers and institutes at leading universities frequently offer affiliation to U.S. students in appropriate fields. Applicants are expected to establish the affiliation independently.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition not covered in grant benefits
Housing Arrangements

Fulbright open study/research award grantees arrange their housing with the help and recommendation of their host institution. For recommendations on housing, contact the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar at

Dependent financial support is NOT available
Special Considerations

Although Mongolians are welcoming towards Americans in general, there have been incidents of crimes against foreigners, especially towards men. These incidents often occur in areas with nightlife and when foreign men are believed to be accompanied by Mongolian women. Women can be targets for sexual harassment such as cat calling and offensive gestures, and there have been incidents of sexual assault. Grantees will receive a safety briefing from the embassy’s regional security officer upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar. Program participants must make mature and sensible choices about personal safety. 

All Fulbright open study/research award grantees MUST obtain a Student Visa (E4) prior to entering the country. Grantees should seek the assistance of the host institute in acquiring the necessary documents for the visa application, but it is grantee’s responsibility to get a visa in time. Due to the national holiday Naadam in mid-July, Mongolian organizations and the Mongolian Embassy in Washington, D.C. close for up to five days. It is mandatory for grantees to start their visa process well in advance. In general, Mongolians take extended leaves in the months of July and August. For more information on the student visa, please visit Immigration Agency of Mongolia and Mongolian Embassy in the United States

Fulbright Program Management Contact
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