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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

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 2025/2026 academic year (starting October 2025).

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 2025 - June 2026.

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

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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.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

Victoria Hill 2021-22 U.S. Master's Degree Fellows to Tel Aviv University

"As a Fulbrighter, I had the privilege of pursuing a Master's in Disaster Management at Tel Aviv University, a program that not only equipped me with invaluable emergency response skills but allowed me to learn through hands-on experiences. Aside from academics, my day-to-day life was a practice in adaptation: Navigating the grocery aisles, I learned to ask strangers which of the millions of tomato products was actually tomato sauce, a small act that often opened up conversations and connections with a laugh; Public transportation became a lesson in language and patience, as I deciphered routes and stops in Hebrew, often relying on the kindness of fellow passengers; The lively exchanges between shopkeepers in the market under my apartment, initially perceived as disputes, soon revealed themselves as expressions of a culture that's passionately vocal and wonderfully expressive. These everyday adventures, from mastering new social norms to embracing the unexpected in routine tasks, enriched my Fulbright experience far beyond the academics. They taught me resilience, adaptability, and the invaluable skill of approaching life's challenges with curiosity and openness. Throughout my time here, I have been mesmerized by the country's diversity as well. One weekend, I was hiking through the stark beauty of the desert, marveling at the south's flowers in full bloom; or navigating the vibrant streets of Tel Aviv, indulging in a culinary scene that rivals any around the world. The next weekend might find me road-tripping to the northern mountains to pick apples and enjoy the hospitality of friends in their family's hillside home. Taking in the contrast of landscapes and diversity of peoples showed me Israel's makeup, giving me a nuanced perspective on the region's history and its people. It challenged me to look beyond headlines, to understand the layers of historical, cultural, and political complexity that define this land. Fulbright has been transformative, providing me with not only academic credentials but also a deeper, more empathetic understanding of the world. It allowed me to forge lasting friendships with people from around the globe, bonds strengthened by shared experiences, and mutual respect for the rich tapestry of Israeli life. To future Fulbright candidates considering Israel: you're not just signing up for an academic program; you're embarking on a journey that will challenge and change you in ways you can't yet imagine; building your resilience, your skilll sets and your chutzpuh. You'll leave with a degree and a piece of Israel in your heart—a testament to the friendships, experiences, and understanding you've gained. This country, with all its complexity and beauty, has become another place I call home."