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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.


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 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.


5 Young Professional Journalist Program

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
Fall Start
Award Profile

Fulbright Germany’s journalists program provides talented young U.S. journalists the opportunity to come to Germany for a research and practice-oriented experience and to enable them to gain insights into the political, economic, cultural, and social fabric of the host country. The approximately 10-month stay starts in September and typically begins with the grantees undertaking individual research, followed by one or more internships with German institutions of print or broadcast media.

Germany has a long tradition of mass media and is one of the most dynamic media markets in the world. In order to learn more, please visit:

Grant Period
Fall Start

8 - 10 months for Bachelor's and Master's Degree Levels.

Grants begin in mid-September, usually with an orientation meeting in Germany.

In-Country Orientation
Candidate Profile

Applicants should be beginning professional journalists or recent graduates in journalism or related fields with no more than 7 years of professional experience.

Candidates pursue research on a self-directed and Germany-related project of their choice at a German university or at other relevant institutions. They should demonstrate clear project objectives and ideas of how to approach their project methodically, including the necessary resources (institutions, libraries, archives) and individuals that will contribute to the success of the project.

Applicants chosen as Semi-Finalists will need to submit work samples to Fulbright Germany.

For specific requirements regarding these work samples please see the Special Application Instructions below.

Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Required - Novice
Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research: Yes
Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes
Letter recommended at deadline

Fulbright Germany offers to matriculate candidates at the closest university to facilitate access to university resources, transportation passes, health insurance, other benefits, and most important residents permits. It is up to the candidates to decide whether or not they wish to enroll in university courses as an additional benefit (class attendance depends on the academic program but is not a requirement of the grant).

Grantees usually spend the first months of their grant studying and conducting independent research, followed by one or more internships or guest journalist positions at German media outlets or publishers. While it is the responsibility of the grantee to secure an internship, Fulbright Germany will offer support in connecting grantees with helpful contacts.

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

Applicants are responsible for their own housing arrangements and costs, which can be covered by the monthly stipend.


Dual citizens of this country are not eligible

Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant

Applicants already enrolled in a master’s program in Germany, or who have already begun their academic program in Germany, are not eligible for Fulbright funding.

Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright online application, please select Young Professional Journalist from the Award Name drop-down menu to be considered for this award.

Upon notification in January, semi-finalists must submit five journalistic work samples to Fulbright Germany for the selection committees. Please read carefully the description of required work samples provided below:

 The work samples

  • must be journalistic and published recently (within the 12 months preceding the application deadline in October)
  • must show the coherence between the applicant's previous work and the project to be pursued while in Germany
  • may include a mix of formats as long as the total number of pieces submitted does not exceed five
  • must include the title of the piece, the date of publication, name of media, and the author
  • A list of the five work samples must be included at the end of the Statement of Grant Purpose.
  • If submitting digital work samples, applicants must provide individual weblinks to each individual story. They must make sure that the weblinks are accessible and the work samples can be viewed directly.
  • Printed work samples must be scanned, merged into one pdf-document and sent to Fulbright Germany via email:
  • Work samples on CDs or DVDs will not be accepted.
  • Applicants must not send any additional application documents to Fulbright Germany.
  • Deadline for submission of the work samples is January 15, 2022.

 For questions, please contact Fulbright Germany via email:

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