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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.


4 Fulbright/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
Fall Start
Award Profile

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is ranked among Europe's top research universities and provides an internationally-oriented community in which students can develop their full potential. A high level of ambition characterizes research and education at this university. Free and open communication of ideas, strongly-oriented toward people and society, are encouraged. The university seeks renewal, using the strength of the variety of academic disciplines, nationalities, ideologies and social convictions that exist in the environment. VU Amsterdam offers a competitive range of research and academic graduate programs, covering all major academic disciplines. The university is located in one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in The Netherlands in which employees with an international background are widely appreciated. Amsterdam is the most culturally diverse city in the world, boasting 179 different nationalities, where English is widely spoken.

Grant Period
Fall Start

Applications for 12 months, starting September 1, will be considered.

For the second year, please see remarks on this link on the specific VU Amsterdam grant. 

Grant Length: 12 months.

In-Country Orientation
Candidate Profile

Applicants must have strong motivation and excellent study results. Candidates must be admitted (at the time of application or later during the selection process for the Fulbright grant) to an English taught Master's degree programs at VU Amsterdam. The list of these programs can be found at

Please note that joint programmes administered by another university than VU are excluded from this grant. If you are unsure if your chosen programme is administered by VU Amsterdam or another university, please contact the International Student Advisors.

Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

Additional Information: Dutch language proficiency is not required, but is useful at the time of arrival. Some study of Dutch prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.The grants are available only for Master's programs taught in English.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research: No
Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes
Letter recommended at deadline

Applicants are required to apply to VU Amsterdam independent of their Fulbright application and, if already admitted, to include a letter of admission with their application. If this is not yet possible, this can be provided at a later date. A letter of affiliation is not necessary. 

Although the deadline for applying at the VU Amsterdam is April 1, 2021, applicants who want to be considered for the Fulbright/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam grants are asked to apply and complete their application at VU Amsterdam before January 15, 2022 at the latest. The application process opens on October 1, 2021.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Tuition not covered in grant benefits

Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per program, see The Fulbright/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Award cannot be combined with the Holland Scholarship. 

Please see this link for the grant amounts. 

Housing Arrangements

Grantees are responsible for finding housing themselves. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam may be able to help with this, but this is not guaranteed. 


Dual citizens of this country are not eligible

Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant

In addition, U.S. students with both U.S. and European citizenship, or students on a spousal E.U. visa, will not be considered.

Candidates who will receive a PhD degree by the grant start date are not eligible for consideration.

Candidates who wish to start a joint programme administered by another university than VU are not eligible for consideration. If you are unsure if your chosen programme is administered by VU Amsterdam or another university, please contact the International Student Advisors.

Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name please select VU Amsterdam from the drop down menu.

Dependent support is not available
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