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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 PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicant 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.

Artist

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. 

FPA

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 CIES.

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 or Student Program.

South Pacific Island Nations

3 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
Flexible Start
Award Profile

This program provides opportunities for students who wish to propose study/research projects in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, OR Vanuatu. (Note: This is NOT a multi-country award.) Selection will be made based on the quality of applications, rather than on per-country quotas. The distribution of awards to countries in the region varies annually.

Grant Period
Flexible Start

Fulbright grantees will begin their 10 month grant period between August 2022 and March 2023, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji; the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; or, the U.S. Embassy in Apia, Samoa. Grantees must contact the U.S. Embassy prior to arrival to arrange for a security briefing and orientation. Please note that the cost of living in some Pacific Island Nations (particularly Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu) is very high.

Orientation
Pre-Departure and In-Country Orientation
Candidate Profile

All grantees must be prepared to work independently with a minimum of supervision. Candidates must be mature, resourceful and flexible. 

Candidates at all degree levels are eligible, but preference will be given to master's and doctoral candidates. Candidates with only a bachelor's degree must be sure to submit well thought-out and methodologically rigorous proposals. 

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Foreign Language Proficiency
Recommended - Novice

Additional Information: Applicants without any local language skills should include plans in their Fulbright applications for language study concurrent with their research projects.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research: Yes
Graduate Degree Enrollment: No
Affiliation
Letter required at deadline

All candidates must secure a strong and reliable affiliation with a host country university or institution. Candidates must include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. This affiliation is a critical component of the research clearance process.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Eligibility

Dual citizens of this country are not eligible

Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant

Research Clearance and Visas

Grantees will be required to obtain research clearance from the host government. A letter of institutional affiliation will be required. Contact the host institution to begin this process immediately upon acceptance of the Fulbright award, as it can take five months or more to obtain approvals from multiple ministries. 

The host country's embassy in the United States (Washington, DC) should also be contacted immediately upon acceptance of the Fulbright award for visa guidance

As the visa/research clearance process can be extremely slow, grantees are strongly warned to start the process as soon as possible and follow through diligently and consistently. Much of the documentation required for the research clearance is identical to the materials submitted with the Fulbright application. 

Special Considerations

Grantees are reminded to observe all security, safety, and health practices appropriate for less developed countries. As with all developing countries, the candidates should not expect sophisticated equipment or apartments with American standards of comfort.

Contacts

usembsuva@gmail.com. The U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji is responsible for looking after U.S. interests in five Pacific Island Nations: Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu. 

PortMoresbyPAS@state.gov. The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea is responsible for looking after U.S. interests in three Pacific Island Nations: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

AmEmbApia@state.gov. The U.S. Embassy in Apia, Samoa is responsible for looking after U.S. interests in Samoa.

Dependents
Dependent support is not available
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website