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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.

United Kingdom

1 Fulbright/Open Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
Flexible Start
Award Profile

Applicants may pursue independent post-BA-level research, or undertake a graduate degree program at any accredited academic institution. Applicants should only select an Open Award if:

  • They are proposing an independent research project.
  • Their proposed institutional affiliation is not one of the Partnership Institutions below; or if their proposal is not eligible for consideration under the parameters of one of the Partnership Awards listed below (for example the Partnership Award may only be for PhD candidates and/or within a specific discipline, etc.)

These ‘Open’ award is the Commission’s most competitive award and prospective applicants should consider carefully all award categories before choosing to which to apply. This award is also referred to as the All-Disciplines award.

The Commission strongly encourages all applicants for the Open Award to research partner awards to determine whether comparable programs may be available at a partner university.

Grant Period
Flexible Start

Grant Length: 10 months.

Master's programs in the UK may last up to one year (and in rare circumstances, 2 years). The grant period lasts a standard 10 months.

Stipend amounts are set and do not change based on length of the degree.

Applicants for independent research projects will have their visas sponsored by the Commission and will only be allowed to remain in the UK for the length of the grant.

In-Country Orientation
Candidate Profile

The Commission is seeking applicants who demonstrate:

  • Rigor in scholarly enquiry and academic or professional excellence;
  • Strong reasons for wishing to pursue the proposed project in the UK and at a particular institution;
  • A desire to gain a better understanding of the peoples and cultures of their host country;
  • Commitment to the community through volunteer and extra-curricular activities;
  • Flexibility and dynamism necessary for active involvement in the host country.

The Commission particularly invites more applicants from media and the creative arts and encourages all applicants to review its current Fulbrighters on its website at

Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required
Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research: Yes
Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes
Letter required for independent research at deadline

Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliation. Applicants for degree programs must apply for admission according to the relevant university’s admissions procedures. Applicants are not expected to have a letter of admission/affiliation at time of application, but awards are made conditional upon acceptance by the chosen institution before arrival.

Applicants will complete two applications, the Fulbright application and the university’s application (according to the university’s admissions procedures). Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their university applications as early as possible, ideally before January 15, 2022. Applicants who fail to do so may be at a competitive disadvantage. The Fulbright Program does not cover the application fee for the university.

Applicants for independent research or PhD programs must include a letter of affiliation from their proposed host/supervisor.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Tuition not covered in grant benefits

The Open Award does not include a tuition waiver and applicants are responsible for funding their own tuition.


Dual citizens of this country are eligible

Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant

The following applicants are ineligible for consideration: applicants who have extensive previous experience in the UK, applicants whose proposals are to complete any part of a medical degree, including internships or residencies, or applicants who hold a Ph.D. at the time the grant is to begin.

Applicants who have previously spent time at their selected university will be at a competitive disadvantage.

Applicants who have spent six or more months in the host country in the year prior to the grant are ineligible for consideration.

Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name, please select the specific award you are applying for from the drop down menu.

Grant Amount
  • £14,000 for programs/research based outside of London (a contribution towards general maintenance costs including airfare).
  • £16,500 for programs/research based in London (a contribution towards general maintenance costs including airfare).

No tuition waivers are available for the Open Award.


Based on Commission review, select semi-finalist applicants will be interviewed mid-February to early March. Interviews will take place via video conferencing. 

Dependent support is not available
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website