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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 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.


10 Open Study/Research Award

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

The approximately 10 Open Study/Research grant can be in any field and can be for a Master degree or for a research project.

Of the 10 Fulbright study/research grants, approximately 7 grants will be sponsored by the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF). The NAF seeks to maintain and strengthen the ties between the Netherlands and the United States. These grants are called the Netherland-America Foundation/Fulbright Grants. 

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
Fall Start

Grant activities must begin by September 1, so that the grantees can attend the first orientation meeting which will be held at the eind of August or the beginning of September. Some university programs may begin before this. The grants for specific universities and/or topics, listed separately on the Netherlands page, may have a longer duration than 9 months, please review the specific grant information under these grants for specifics on the grant period.  The open study/research grants are 9 months. 

In-Country Orientation

The one-day Fulbright In-Country orientation will take place at the end of August/beginning of September (date to be determined). 

Candidate Profile

The Commission prefers applications from graduate students whose projects involve full-time graduate study, or combine research and advanced graduate courses and seminars at Dutch universities, conservatories and art schools. Students working toward their Ph.D. degrees who can carry out well-formulated independent research projects will also be considered.

Applicants planning to do an independent research project immediately after receiving a Bachelor's degree should have a significant amount of research experience.

Dual citizens of this country are NOT eligible
Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
1 Month

Fulbright the Netherlands prefers to select applicants with no or limited experience in the Netherlands, especially in the year before the grant period. A brief holiday or a summer program in the year before the grant year would be acceptable. 

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

Additional Information: Dutch language proficiency is not required if the applicant is planning to do an English language Master, but is certainly useful to have. Some study of Dutch prior to arrival is encouraged to promote deeper engagement with the host community. In case Dutch language proficiency is required for the research project of the applicant, please indicate the level of proficiency achieved by the applicant in the project statement. 

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

Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliations, or applications to a Dutch university.

An affiliation letter should always be included in the application in case of a research project (also in the arts).

In case of an application for a Master study program, no letter of affiliation is necessary. If already available, a letter of admission can be added. Most likely, however, due to the later application cycles at Dutch universities, applicants will not be able to secure a letter of admission before the deadline of the Fulbright grant application. If this is the case, the letter can be provided at a later date, and it is not necessary to add a letter of affilation instead. The application process for Fulbright and admission to a Dutch university are separate application processes with their own deadlines.  The Fulbright deadline will be earlier than the admission deadline at Dutch universities. If a candidate is applying for one of the specific university grants for the Netherlands and not in the open study/research category, please note that these university specific Fulbright grants  have earlier deadlines! They can be found in the description of the specific grant. 

Due to the Dutch residence permit laws, all candidates need to be affiliated with an institute that has legal status to apply for a residence permit on the candidate's behalf. All universities, conservatories and most research institutes fall into this category. If the applicant's host institution does not fall into one of these categories mentioned, please inquire whether the host can apply for a residence permit on the applicant's behalf, and mention this in the affiliation letter. 

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

Applicants should be aware that tuition waivers/reductions are rarely given. Tuition fee waivers are at the discretion of Dutch educational institutions, and applicants are responsible for requesting waivers. In the event a fee waiver/reduction is not granted, candidates should be aware that the Fulbright grant does not provide the cost of these fees. 

Please see this link for grant amounts.

Housing Arrangements

Grantees are responsible for finding housing themselves. The host universities may be able to help with this, but this is not guaranteed. 

Dependent financial support is NOT available

Dependent support is not available. If an applicant is planning on bringing dependents, please contact the host institution to inquire whether they are willing to also apply for a residence permit for the dependents. Without a residence permit applied for by the host, dependents will not be able to join the applicant. 

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