Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

Fulbright grants will begin between August 2019 and January 2020, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis.  If affiliated with the University of Mauritius or any other higher education institution, grantees should know that semester dates are August - December and January - May.

Pre-Departure Orientation


As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2019.

Candidate Profile

Ph.D. candidates who plan to conduct dissertation research and Master's candidates are preferred. Bachelor's-level candidates who present serious projects will also be considered.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

Additional Information: English is the official national language, principal language of instruction, and the only language needed for research on most contemporary topics. However, a working knowledge of French is useful--and, in fact, essential to conduct historical research. Creole is useful for field studies. Creole classes are available in-country for foreigners. The U.S. Embassy in Mauritius can refer grantees to a few institutions/teachers prior to their arrival.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with an appropriate host institution. It is strongly recommended that they identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. Candidates with an academic affiliation should contact the Dean of the Faculty at that institution to obtain clearance and/or clarification of the specific research area. While candidates may be able to take university classes, independent research should be the primary grant activity.

If seeking affiliation with the University of Mauritius, applicants should know that this institution has expressed its wish to welcome more Ph.D. candidates to support its expansion both in terms of the number of students and also of the courses offered. This is also true for other tertiary institutions, including, but not limited to: the Open University of Mauritius; the University of Technology, Mauritius; and Charles Telfair Institute (a private university).

Specific Considerations

Preference is given to projects that directly support Mauritius and/or enhance Mauritian-U.S. relations. Proposals in the following subject areas are encouraged: gender-based violence and women's empowerment, especially in politics; oceanography, marine sciences and environmental studies.

Visa Requirements

In addition to the appropriate letters and documents sent to local authorities prior to their arrival, once in country, grantees should ask their host institution to support the extension of their residence permit until the end of their grant via an official letter to the Passport and Immigration Office (PIO)--with a copy to the Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy. Grantees are usually provided with a temporary visa that can vary from 3 weeks to 3 months when they arrive in Mauritius.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Priya Beegun

Additional Online Resources

U.S. Embassy Facebook page

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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.