Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Grant Period

10 Months

The academic year is March through December. Most grantees choose to begin in the fall, but the start date is flexible; the latest possible start date is March 31, 2020.

Pre-Departure Orientation


As a condition of the grant, all grantees to Central America are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in June or July.

An onsite Embassy briefing session will be conducted within one week of the grantees' arrival in Panama.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information: Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between time of application and the commencement of the grant on Applicant Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is also required.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliations with an academic institution, research facility, or another appropriate organization, and for submitting supporting documentation verifying the affiliation at the time of application.

Students wishing to pursue human subject research of a medical nature, or environmental research, particularly of endangered Panamanian flora or fauna, are required to obtain a letter of support from a higher education institution located in Panama. At least one working (non-retired) local professor from the institution must be willing to provide academic guidance and oversight of the research. Support from a U.S.-based institution is insufficient, unless the institution has a physical presence in Panama in the form of either a professor(s) or a local licensing agreement, such as those at Quality Leadership University. Students are responsible for securing their own academic (non-credit) sponsorship prior to arrival in Panama. The Public Affairs Section must receive a copy of this letter of support prior to arrival in Panama.

General Comments

Applications in all fields will be accepted. Areas of particular interest are: economics and business development; Education/TEFL/E-Learning; U.S.-Panama relations; Panama Canal studies; biology; environmental sciences; ecology; forest resource conservation; tourism development and related topics; public administration/political science to include anti-corruption, transparency and governance.

Special Considerations

Due to security risks, travel may be restricted to some regions of Panama. Travel beyond Santa Fe, Province of Darien is prohibited. Please refer to the State Department Consular Information Sheet for the latest updates. Applicants are responsible for obtaining the necessary permits/authorizations and paying the respective fees required by the Panamanian government to carry out their research projects.

Before entry to the country the grantee must contact PAS staff who will assist him/her with the necessary information to issue the Fulbright Temporary Permit which allows him/her to stay in the country for a period longer than six months.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

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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 would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


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 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for 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

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would 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.