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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 fulbrightscholars.org.

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.


1 Fulbright-Diplomatic Academy Student Award NEW

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
Fall Start
Grant Length
9 Months
Award Type
Special Study/Research
Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants
  • Yes
Award Profile

The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (DA) collaborates with Fulbright Austria (the Austrian-American Educational Commission) to offer one grant for a qualified student to enroll in one of the courses that the DA offers for university graduates: its one-year Diploma Programme; the first or second year of its two-year Master of Advanced International Studies (MAIS) Program, or the first year of its two-year Master of Science in Environmental Technology and International Relations (ETIA) Program or the first year of its two-year Master of Science in Digital International Affairs (DIA) Program. Please note that this grant is limited to one academic year for students accepted into the first year of the MAIS Program. Especially qualified students may enroll directly in the second year of the program. (Note: US citizens already enrolled as students at the DA are not eligible for second-year funding.) 

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
Fall Start

Nine months, contingent upon the program chosen.

In-Country Orientation

The Fulbright-Diplomatic Academy Student Award begins with an orientation in Vienna in mid- to late September.

Candidate Profile

Applicants must hold a university degree in any discipline (minimum 180 ECTS or equivalent) and have an excellent command of English.

Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
6 Months

Dual nationals will be considered under special circumstances and in cases where project proposals are of exceptional merit. The FFSB policies apply.

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright online application, please select “Diplomatic Academy US Student Award” from the “Award Name” drop-down menu to be considered for this grant.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Recommended - Intermediate

Candidates for the Diploma Program are expected to have a good knowledge of English and of either German or French with at least basic skills in the respective third language. Instruction in the MAIS program is in English. Knowledge of German – Intermediate is recommended

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

It is possible but not necessary for candidates to apply independently for admission to the DA. However, it is advisable to contact the DA’s admission office to ascertain which program is most appropriate for the candidate.

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

Costs for tuition will be covered by Fulbright Austria and the DA. Grantees receive an award to cover the costs of on-site room and board on site, and grantees can choose on-campus housing or find off-campus accommodations. 

Housing Arrangements

Grantees can be housed on campus or elect to live off campus. 

Dependent financial support is NOT available
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Darrah Lustig: dlustig@fulbright.at
Additional Online Resources
Vienna School of International Studies: http://www.da-vienna.ac.at
Fulbright Austria: https://www.fulbright.at/programs/in-austria/students