2024-2025 competition is closed. 2025-2026 competition will open in April 2024. 

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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.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.

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 fulbrightscholars.org.

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.


3 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 United States–Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), known as Fulbright Israel, plans to award up to 3 grants to open study/research students during the 2024/2025 academic year (starting October 2024).

This program is designed to provide students with opportunities for research advancement by utilizing local resources as well as gaining international experience. Grantees plan their own projects, which may include an independent library, archival or field research, consultations with local professors, or a combination of such activities. Along with opportunities for research and engagement with local resources, there are invaluable opportunities to meet and work with the local professionals and experts of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative experiences.

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
Fall Start

October 2024 - June 2025.

Pre-Departure and In-Country Orientation

No in-person Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO). However, the Fulbright Commission in Israel will schedule a Virtual Pre-Departure Orientation. Grantees will also receive pre-departure material prior to arrival. 

An in-country orientation is also held at the beginning of the academic year upon arrival.

Candidate Profile

The Fulbright Research Fellowship is intended to enrich and advance candidates’ research by utilizing local resources and specific expertise.

Fulbright Israel offers grants on the basis of academic excellence, the leadership promise of the applicant and their potential to both advance knowledge and enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and Israel.

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

Applications should showcase a reasoned and well-explained research plan with stated goals and milestones for the following year and future. Academic excellence and leadership qualities are the primary criterions for the evaluation of candidates in country after NSC determines the semi-finalist status. 

Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required
Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter recommended but not required at deadline

Candidates must be hosted by an accredited Israeli institution of higher education. For the complete list of such institutions, click here. Candidates are responsible for arranging their own institutional affiliations in Israel. Applicants needing potential contacts should email USPROGRAMS@fulbright.org.il. 

It is highly recommended that letter(s) of invitation be included as part of the Fulbright application at deadline. The letter of invitation is a formal hosting commitment, that includes designation of the faculty member who will serve as the candidate’s adviser.

Fulbright Israel will accept invitation letters from candidates during the semi-finalist phase. Please note that candidates are only able to have three invitation letters in total. Therefore, if two invitation letters were uploaded with the application by the application deadline, only one will be accepted during the semi-finalist phase, unless semi-finalists indicate that a previously submitted invitation letter should be removed and replaced by a new one. 

Additional letter(s) of invitation must be emailed to fbstudent@iie.org no later than February 28, 2024.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition covered in grant benefits
  • Living stipend $28,000
  • Payment of tuition for course work for fellows other than PhD candidates up to a maximum of $2,000 for the entire academic year
  • Limited health insurance for the grantee only
Housing Arrangements

Grantees are responsible for housing arrangements. 

Dependent financial support is NOT available
Specific Considerations

Applications involving travel or research or study in the Palestinian Territories, West Bank or Gaza, will not be considered.


For travel around Israel, please refer to the most recent State Department Travel Advisory for Israel.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Additional Online Resources
Fulbright Israel website: https://fulbright.org.il/