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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.


20 Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
Fall Start
Grant Length
8-10 Months
Award Type
Open Study/Research
Award Profile

Up to 20 awards are offered for the Fulbright Open Study/Research Grant:

  • 8-10 in the hard and life sciences
  • 8-10 in the arts, humanities, and social sciences

The Open Study/Research award primarily supports the following grant activities:

  • Enrollment in a master's degree in all fields 
  • Research for a doctoral thesis in all fields
  • Projects in the arts and music

We will also consider a limited number of non-degree research projects at the post-Bachelor's or Master's level in social sciences or humanities.

The Open Study/Research award is France's most competitive award. We encourage applicants to explore the specialized award opportunities and apply to the Open Award only if the proposed grant activity cannot be achieved through one of the named awards:

-For applicants interested in pursuing a master’s degree: CY Cergy Paris University Award ; ENS Paris-Saclay Award ; ENS Rennes Award ; Université Grenoble Alpes Award

-For doctoral candidates:
University of Bordeaux Doctoral Research Award ; ENS Paris-Saclay Award ; Université Grenoble Alpes Award

-For visual artists and musicians:
Harriet Hale Woolley Award

Grant Length
8-10 Months
Grant Period
Fall Start

Grants will begin on September 1/October 1 to June 30/July 31 for university attendance. Grant periods vary according to an applicant's proposal type as follows:

  • Degree seeking MA/MS graduating seniors: 10 months
  • Doctoral candidates: 6-9 months
  • Artists: 9 months
  • Non-degree seeking graduating seniors: 8 months 

Degree-seeking candidates may apply to degree programs taught in French or English.

In-Country Orientation

Grantees will be required to attend a mandatory 1- to 2-day in-country orientation in late September, and a 2-day mid-year conference in February (organized by the Fulbright Commission in France).

Candidate Profile

Graduating seniors, recent graduates, advanced graduate students, doctoral candidates, and those with previous research experience are encouraged to apply.

Doctoral candidates must not have obtained their PhD before completing the proposed Fulbright grant period in France. Otherwise, they should plan on applying to the scholar program.

Important note: candidates in the hard sciences without concurrent enrollment in a PhD must apply and commit to pursuing a Master's degree in a related field in France. There are many excellent degree programs offered at French institutions of higher education - taught in both French and English - that include as part of the curriculum a research internship (most often, one semester full-time). Our requirement is due to French visa and research regulations. Candidates must specify in their application to which degree program(s) they are planning to apply.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

Being a Fulbrighter in France is an unforgettable experience! When not engaged in their project, Fulbrighters enjoy the benefits of the French lifestyle: wonderful food, excellent life-work balance, and enthusiasm for lively debate and discussion. We encourage Fulbrighters to travel the country (and discover its many amazing heritage sites, museums, landscapes, and diverse society), and to get involved in community service or other local activities. They are thus able to build strong cross cultural ties between France and the United States.

It is important to note, however, that while the Fulbright Commission is dedicated to assisting Fulbrighters as much as possible to make their transition to France as smooth as possible, Fulbrighters are responsible for securing their own housing and making other administrative arrangements themselves. We recommend that Fulbrighters prepare their stay well ahead of time.

For more information on daily life in France, see:

Quotes from Fulbright alumni:

"Fulbright made my dreams come true; without the grant, I would never have had the means to go abroad to participate in such impactful, collaborative research amongst world-renowned researchers. Throughout the process, I made friends from around the world; I had never felt so happy and complete before. Through medical school and beyond, I intend to use my language abilities and connections established here throughout medical school as I seek an interdisciplinary career between Oncology and Global Health."

"I am part of a global community now. Fulbright provides the infrastructure to bring the far-reaching corners of the world to the palms of our hands. Now, I have shook hands, smiled at, and conversed with new people from a diversity of cultures in meaningful ways, and I will be forever grateful to the Fulbright community for rendering such cross-cultural connections tangible." 

"Fulbright allowed me to meet some of the smartest and most inspiring scholars and practitioners from the U.S. and around the world, and I'll be taking these friendships and professional connections with me through the rest of my life and career as I fight for human rights and gender equality."

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: French language proficiency is recommended, commensurate with the requirements of the project. Sponsored language courses are not offered by the Fulbright program in France; however, candidates are encouraged to check with the host institution for language course possibilities. In the Fulbright online application, applicants should include a Language Self-Evaluation and a Foreign Language Evaluation by a professional language instructor in relation to their language proficiency.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Letter of acceptance required prior to grant start

It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with a French university or research center. A letter of affiliation should be submitted with the application. If the applicant is enrolling in a degree program, proof of acceptance is not required before or during the application process, but awards are made conditional upon acceptance by the chosen institution before arrival.

Before beginning the application process, candidates should take time to research the best possible place to pursue the chosen course of study, taking into consideration the institution's faculty, achievements, publications, and research.

Candidates who will be applying to university study programs must pay attention to university program application deadlines and requirements. They should also pay particular attention to the requirement of enrolling with Campus France, a mandatory step in the application process. Access the Campus France "Etudes en France" enrollment portal here.

Applicants may also consult the Campus France USA website for general information on visas, studying in France, and French institutions of higher education. Please note that the Campus France higher education directory includes programs offered in French and in English.

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

Tuition fees for standard public university programs were set at 3770 Euros per year for Master’s programs for the 2023-2024 academic year for non-EU citizens. (Private institutions and other special degree programs may have higher tuition rates.) We encourage applicants to inquire with prospective institutions about scholarships and tuition waivers. Most notably, public universities are able to offer a select number of international students a partial tuition waiver, reducing tuition to approximately 243 Euros for the year for a Master's degree.

Please note that, according to French law, all students are required to pay student fees ("contribution de vie étudiante et de campus" or CVEC) as part of enrollment. In 2023-2024, these fees were 100 euros for the year.

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.

1250 to 1800 monthly stipend amount in
€ [Euro]

The monthly stipend depends on location and grant category.

One-Time Allowances

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.

1200 in
€ [Euro]

All Fulbright grantees are given 1200 Euros in travel allowance.

Additional Grant Benefits
  • Mid-year seminar

A mid-year meeting is held every year in February for all Fulbrighters in France.

Estimated Cost of Living

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

  • Studio/student/shared accommodation costs about 350-850 Euros per month, depending on location.
  • Students may enroll in the French national healthcare system, which provides inexpensive and excellent care.
  • Major cities offer public transportation passes at reduced rates for students/youth.
  • Expect a monthly food budget of at least 200 Euros.
Dependent financial support is NOT available
Housing Arrangements

The Fulbright Commission provides grantees with a guide to life in France that includes resources and links on finding housing. 

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Music and Fine Arts

Applicants are encouraged to establish contact with specialists in their fields before applying for a grant, and to solicit invitations to study under them. Although the Fulbright Commission in France prefers affiliation with accredited institutions, applicants may be authorized to study with private teachers. Please note that additional personal funds will be needed to cover costs for private lessons, rehearsal facilities, studio space, etc. Musicians and visual artists looking to carry out a project in the Paris area are encouraged to apply for the Fulbright-Harriet Hale Woolley Award.


In celebration of the Olympic Games in France (Paris 2024) and the United States (Los Angeles 2028), we have a particular interest in applications studying the Olympics and/or in the fields of sports science and medicine, fitness and physical education, and other related subjects.


Louisiana Candidates

Doctoral candidates enrolled in a university in the state of Louisiana may also be considered for a small supplemental grant from Nous Foundation, a cultural institute promoting French and Creole in Louisiana. They will also be invited to participate in cultural events and networking opportunities with Nous Foundation upon their return to the US.

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