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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.


1 Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
Fall Start
Award Profile

Grantee may pursue independent post-graduate research in any discipline including the creative arts or a taught Master's degree.

Grant Period
Fall Start

Grant period of 9 to 10 months commencing August or September 2022.

In-Country Orientation
Candidate Profile

The Commission is seeking applicants who:

  1. Possess excellence (academically, personally, professionally, creatively);
  2. Demonstrate leadership experience, attributes and, or potential;
  3. Outline a strong rationale and feasible methodology for pursuing their project in Ireland that indicates how a Fulbright to Ireland fits into their longer term goals;
  4. Demonstrate the benefit of becoming a Fulbrighter; to themselves (personally and professionally), to their discipline, to society, to Ireland, to the Fulbright Program / Commission and to the U.S. when they return;
  5. Extend themselves beyond their project / studies to become actively involved in Irish society and the work of the Fulbright Commission.

The Commission is keen to support projects that bring awardees into contact with a wide range of stakeholders, particularly outside of academia, to maximize their academic/cultural exchange experience and to raise awareness of the Fulbright Program in Ireland.

Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

Language is English unless the applicant wishes to study the Irish language or requires access to Old Irish manuscripts.  In such cases where a level of competency in the Irish language is required, please contact

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research: Yes
Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes
Letter recommended at deadline

For general research awards, applicants are responsible for establishing their own institutional affiliations and including an initial letter of affiliation in their application. Applicants wishing to study or research in Northern Ireland must apply through the Fulbright Commission in the United Kingdom.  The Fulbright Commission in Ireland can assist with developing projects and identifying relevant host institutions including artist residencies.  Applicants are encouraged to conduct their own initial research into potential host institutions prior to contacting the Commission for advice.  Applications are particularly welcome from candidates

  • affiliated with an academic or cultural institution or non-governmental agency
  • whose projects have a contemporary dimension (e.g. immigration, economics, education, social policy,   etc.)
  • in the fields of science and technology with a particular emphasis on the impact of technology across all disciplines, bio-medical sciences, marine sciences, environmental studies, and agricultural studies / agribusiness.

For Degree Seeking students: Applicants will need to apply for admission to a taught Master's program offered by one of the following eight institutions as per the relevant university's admissions procedures.  Applicants are not expected to have a letter of admission at time of application but should indicate which institution / program they are applying to in their applications.  Final offers will be subject to admission to the relevant university.  The Fulbright Commission can assist with / advise on this process but applicants should make initial enquiries with the relevant institution prior to contacting the Commission:

  1. Dublin Institute of Technology: the MMus in Performance or the MA in Criminology.
  2. Maynooth University: any of the one year Master's Programs offered by the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy, the Faculty of Science and Engineering or the Faculty of Social Sciences
  3. National University of Ireland Galway: any of the one year Master's Programs in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies.
  4. Royal Irish Academy of Music: the Master of Music in Performance and Doctorate of Music in Performance
  5. Trinity College, the University of Dublin: any of the advanced degree programs in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences excluding MBAs in the School of Business, Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science and Faculty of Health Sciences
  6. University College Cork: any one year taught Master's Program in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, the College of Business and Law, the College of Medicine and Health and the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science.
  7. University of Limerick: any of the taught Master's Programs in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
  8. The School of Humanities, Waterford Institute of Technology: any one year Master’s program in the humanities.
Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Tuition: The eight institutions above have agreed to potential tuition waivers for Fulbright awardees enrolled in the relevant taught Master's Programs, provided that they are selected by Fulbright and accepted to the program in question. For programs not included in the above, the Commission will explore a waiver for the successful grantee. See relevant entries below for the two specific Fulbright Awards at UCC in Creative Writing and Irish Writing & Film. If a waiver is not offered, the grantee is responsible for any tuition costs. Applicants conducting independent research are not normally liable for tuition from Irish institutions. If such fees are levied by an Irish institution, the Commission will explore a waiver for the successful awardee.

Maximum stipend of €15,000. No dependent benefits are paid.


Dual citizens of this country are eligible

Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant

Special Application Instructions

Applicants must include a timeline of the proposed project in the Statement of Grant Purpose. Please include the proposed start and end month in Ireland.

Dependent support is not available
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