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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.

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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.


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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/Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
September Start
Grant Length
9 Months
Award Type
Special Study/Research
Specialized Grant Types
  • Arts
Award Profile

The Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest is the only music academy in the world that was founded by Franz Liszt. The piano virtuoso, composer, conductor, teacher, author and philanthropist established the institution in 1875. The Academy has always taken pride in meeting the standards set by its founders and revered professors. This means students encounter a special and demanding Hungarian style of teaching. Education here focuses on understanding the meaning of music and the art of ensemble playing. Those who enter the Liszt Academy know that attendance involves a serious commitment to a perfectionist approach to music. Studying here means hard and disciplined work under the guidance of professors who are renowned artists, visiting professors at other illustrious universities, and jury members of international competitions, for whom teaching is a passion. The Liszt Academy is proud to have outstanding, highly experienced professors. All classical instruments, singing/opera, jazz and folk music, orchestral/choral conducting, music pedagogy, composition are offered as majors - both on BA and MA level.

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
September Start

The grant period will begin in September 2025 and will last through May 2026.

In-Country Orientation

The Hungarian Fulbright Commission provides a 4-day orientation program in Budapest at the beginning of September 2025, which includes basic language and intercultural competency training, and sightseeing tours. Attendance at the orientation course is expected.

Candidate Profile

Applicants are welcome with strong music education background in one of the following: symphonic orchestral instruments, voice, jazz, music education, music history, composition, choir/orchestral conducting or folk music. Candidates are expected to show dedication in the traditional European values and music culture, and embrace the tradition of our ancestors: Ferenc Liszt, Béla Bartók, György Ligeti, Lipot Auer, David Popper, Sir Georg Solti and many more. We also expect of the candidates the willingness to participate in various ensembles and orchestras as performers as these subjects are highlighted areas in most of the curriculums of the Liszt Academy.

High interest in visiting concerts is also preferable since the Liszt Academy is among the most prestigious concert venues in the region.

In general, we also expect candidates to be open to new ideas, cultures and musical influences since our academy is one of the most diverse higher education institutions in Hungary with students, professors, lecturers and performers from all over the world.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

Hungary is located in Central Europe at the intersection between East and West. It has a vibrant culture. Fulbrighters living in the country are at the heart of history, museums, beautiful architecture, monuments, and parks.

Living in Budapest and other major cities is filled with cultural activities: great exhibitions, concerts, plays, festivals – there is always a lot going on, and tickets are relatively inexpensive.

For study and research there is a plethora of resources and opportunities. Grantees should be prepared to work independently and be willing to take the initiative to maximize their experience.

Budapest is a safe city with reliable and affordable public transportation. Regional cities are also safe and have a lot to offer. Living there is quieter, but there are many benefits. There are great restaurants, charming cafés, beautiful libraries and archives in every major city. Food and drink cost about 30% less than in the United States, and the quality is generally high.

Universities have a lot of international students and faculty, and they offer a great number of cultural opportunities and inclusive programs.

Hungarians may be more reserved than Americans, but they are very friendly, respectful, and helpful.

Most educated and young people speak English.

The climate is moderate, similar to that of Washington, DC, but is much less humid.

Adjustment to living in a foreign country can be challenging at the beginning, but as grantees get to know the country and the people, living in Hungary is a very rewarding and life-changing experience.

Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
5 Months
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright on-line application, for Award Name please select Liszt Academy from the drop down menu.

For applicants applying for a performance based program, select Arts for the Grant Category and submit supplementary arts materials.

Applicants have to apply directly to the Liszt Academy by the Academy's application deadline and indicate that they have applied for a Fulbright grant. Information about the Academy's application procedure can be found at:

Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

Hungarian language proficiency is not a requirement in the candidate selection process. Some study of Hungarian prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline

The affiliation for this award will be with the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. An invitation letter is required

The compulsory application process consists of two steps:

Step 1 - Discussing plans and requesting a letter of invitation 

Contact Ms. Zita Kálmándy at the International Affairs and Development Department at with CV, recent recording* and Fulbright project plans, and request the obligatory letter of invitation either before May 15, 2024 or between September 1-15, 2024. *recent video recording should consist of at least 2 pieces differing in style; max. duration 20 minutes

Step 2 - Application for the chosen study program

After receiving a letter of invitation, applicants have to contact the Study Department for International Students as well by the Academy's application deadline indicating that they have applied for a Fulbright grant. Information about the Academy's application procedure can be found at:

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition offered at discretion of host university/Award

A full tuition waiver is not available, but in some cases partial tuition waiver can be negotiated. Tuition may be covered by the Fulbright grant up to $4,000 per academic 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.

1,650 monthly stipend amount in
$ [US Dollar]

The monthly stipend amount includes: $1,300 and HUF 120,000 (local currency allowance, appr. $350)

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.

  • Excess baggage fees
  • Language training allowance
  • Settling in allowance

A one-time settling-in allowance of $300 paid at the beginning of the grant period.

Travel allowance of up to $1,500 (reimbursement of actual cost of direct, most economical airfare and excess baggage fee against invoices/eticket paid upon arrival in Hungary).

Hungarian language course fee: if grantee decides to study Hungarian during the grant period, course fees are covered by the Fulbright Commission up to a reasonable amount.

Additional Grant Benefits

Monthly cultural enrichment program costs are covered by the Fulbright Commission.

Estimated Cost of Living

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

  • Cost of living in Hungary is on average about 30% lower than in the United States.
  • Depending on the size and quality of the apartment, housing in downtown Budapest ranges between $400-$800.
  • Utilities, internet connection, and building maintenance fees average about $150, but could be included in the rent.
  • Housing and living costs in smaller cities could be somewhat lower.
  • Groceries for one person could typically cost between $100-150 per month. Eating out per meal costs approximately $10-30.
  • In-country travel costs: monthly Budapest travel pass (unlimited travel on all means of public transportation): $25, a round-trip train ticket between Budapest and another major city: $20-25
  • A museum admission ticket is between $10-15, concert tickets (good seats) are between $10-25
  • Cost of living in Hungary according to: Expatistan Website, Numbeo Website; (prices in Hungarian currency, average exchange rate: USD 1 = HUF 360)
Dependent financial support is available

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.

Dependent allowance: $100 per month for one or $200 per month for 2 or more dependents

Dependent travel allowance: $500 for one or $1,000 for two or more dependents (reimbursement of actual cost of direct, most economical airfare against invoices/eticket, paid upon arrival in Hungary)

Housing Arrangements

Grantees are responsible for finding housing, but the Hungarian Fulbright Commission will assist.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Country overview

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.

Cost of living in Hungary is on average about 30% lower than in the United States.

The Fulbright Commission gives grantees thorough assistance in finding housing and obtaining visa/residence permit for the duration of their grant in Hungary.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Annamaria Sas, US Program Officer:
Additional Online Resources
Choose Hungary: Why was Hungary your destination?:
Who is the best applicant?:
What did you achieve thanks to Fulbright?:
US student grantee video:
30 Years of Fulbright Hungary video:
Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music: