8 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length9 Months
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers 8 study/research awards per academic year for U.S. citizens holding at least a bachelor’s degree to conduct research and/or to study at a Hungarian higher education institution. Applications are welcome in all fields. The academic year is from September to the end of May. Universities have extensive international connections, and offer many study programs in English. The research institutes of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network (formerly known as Hungarian Academy of Sciences network) also offer young researchers the most cutting-edge, up-to-date research opportunities. Affiliations with Hungarian state-run institutions are preferred.
Hungary’s rich cultural traditions, competitive research and higher education institutions make our country an ideal place for young scholars to spend an academic year. Grantees enjoy robust support from the Hungarian Fulbright Commission all through their grant period. They are regularly invited to cultural enrichment programs so they get to know many different parts of the country, and as many educational and cultural institutions as possible.
The grant period will begin in September 2023 and will last through May 2024.
Grant Length: 9 months.
The Hungarian Fulbright Commission provides a 4-day orientation program in Budapest at the beginning of September, which includes basic language and intercultural competency training and sightseeing tours. Attendance at the orientation course is expected.
Applicants are welcome in all fields of study. Preference will be given to subjects in arts, music, humanities, and social sciences as they relate to the political, social and economic changes and developing democracy in Hungary; the history and culture of Hungary and of East Central Europe; and the sciences including Mathematics.
Applicants must have a well-defined research project and ability to work independently. A high-level of maturity, flexibility, and ability to serve as a cultural ambassador is expected.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Hungarian language proficiency is not a requirement in the candidate selection process unless needed to successfully complete the project/study plan. If Hungarian language proficiency is important for the proposed project/study plan, those who are not proficient in Hungarian should include plans for language study in their Fulbright applications and selected applicants should begin studying the language as soon as feasible, as language abilities will greatly enhance the Fulbright experience.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter recommended but not required at deadline
Final affiliations will be arranged by the Fulbright Commission, but applications should contain preferred institutional placement(s) and a letter of invitation, if received.
Placement requests to non-Hungarian higher education institutions active in Hungary are less preferred. Affiliations with institutions outside of Budapest are favored. There are excellent opportunities for independent study and research at all Hungarian higher educational institutions in and outside of Budapest, such as: Debrecen, Szeged, Pécs, Miskolc, Veszprém, Eger, Kecskemét, and Győr, and at the institutions of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network. See the list of Hungarian higher education institutions on the Commission's website at www.fulbright.hu/info-for-fulbright-grantees. The Commission will also provide assistance in securing professional advice. Applicants enrolling in degree programs or courses at a Hungarian institution requiring an entrance examination must apply for admission individually. The Fulbright Commission may provide assistance in gaining admission. Exceptions are music students who wish to study at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest (see Fulbright/Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Award description).
Generally, a full waiver is not available for programs where tuition fees are required. In some cases partial tuition waiver can be negotiated. Tuition may be covered by the Fulbright grant up to $3,000 per academic year, but fees are considered on an individual basis.
Grantees are responsible for finding housing, but the Hungarian Fulbright Commission and/or their host institution will assist.
To be considered an accompanying dependent, the individual must be a spouse or a close relative (child, parent) who is financially dependent on the grantee and spends at least 80% of the grant period with the grantee abroad.
Hungary is a welcoming and safe country with rich cultural and educational traditions. The Hungarian higher education system is part of the European Higher Education Area. The country has many well-known universities with rapidly growing international connections, joint programs and many international students.
The academic year is from September to May. Semesters are typically four months in length. The second semester begins in February. Over 400 study programs in English and other languages are offered by Hungarian higher education institutions.
The Hungarian Fulbright Commission organizes an extensive orientation program for U.S. grantees. All through the grant period, grantees are regularly invited to participate in cultural enrichment programs, visits and conferences. These programs offer interesting insights into Hungarian culture, different institutions, and also foster team spirit among grantees.
The Fulbright Commission gives grantees thorough assistance in finding housing and obtaining visa/residence permit for the duration of their grant in Hungary.