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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, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

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.

Please visit the Getting Started page for 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. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to come 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.


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2 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

The grant period will be September to June.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in June or July as a condition of their grant.

Arrival Orientation


An in-country orientation is arranged by the Embassy for all grantees upon arrival to Estonia.

Candidate Profile

Well-qualified candidates at all degree levels will be considered. Candidates must be mature, self-motivated individuals who are capable of working independently.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Estonian language proficiency is not required unless necessary for the successful completion of the project. Supervision by English-speaking professors is widely available, as are classes taught in English. Some opportunities also exist for Russian speakers. Some study of Estonian prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Applicants are encouraged to arrange affiliations and submit letters of invitation/affiliation with their application. Alternatively, applicants may indicate preferences for affiliation, if an invitation is not available. Please contact Jane Susi in the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy for advice and networking contacts.

There are six public universities in Estonia, three of which are larger and recommended for American students seeking the company of other international students: University of Tartu (UT); Tallinn University; and Tallinn University of Technology. These institutions also have specialized branch institutions in other Estonian cities, for example, Viljandi Academy of Culture of University of Tartu, located in Viljandi, and University of Tartu Narva College in Narva. For more information, please check the homepages of the above-mentioned institutions. There are also three smaller, specialized universities: University of Life Sciences in Tartu; Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn; and Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. All of these universities have well-developed international student service systems. Tartu is the historical university city (UT dates back to 1632);Tallinn is Estonia’s cultural and political capital; both provide students with a wealth of research possibilities and community outreach options.


Applicants proposing projects in the medical sciences are not eligible for consideration.

Visa Requirements

In order to obtain legal residency in Estonia, all applicants need to be ready to secure a D-type visa through the Estonian Embassy prior to embarking on the program in Estonia. The application needs to be coordinated with the host institution in Estonia to obtain necessary paperwork on behalf of the hosts. Degree-seeking students entering Estonia on a D-type visa and staying in Estonia longer than six (6) months are advised to adjust their status to residence permit immediately after arriving to Estonia. Non-degree seeking students need to apply for the D-type visa for the length of their stay.


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Jane Susi