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 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 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 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

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. 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 or Student Program.


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11 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

Scholarships for candidates at all degree levels and in all fields of study.

Grant Period

9 Months

Grants will begin October 5, 2020 to July 3, 2021 (to be confirmed).

Fulbright grantees will be required to participate in a one- to two-day orientation program organized by the Fulbright Commission in mid-October.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile


- whose projects are in innovative and contemporary issues

- whose projects are in Science and Technology

- who wish to enroll in courses held at Italian universities

are particularly encouraged. Preference will be given to candidates interested in conducting the study/research project at a university/institution outside of large cities and/or in the South of Italy.  Priority will be given to students who are enrolled in a graduate program in the U.S. at the time of application.

Applicants in the creative and performing arts will also be considered for the Fulbright/Miguel Vinciguerra Award, made possible by a trust established by Miguel Vinciguerra.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information: Italian language proficiency is necessary at the time of application, commensurate with the project. Language study begun after applying is considered insufficient. The U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission will make no provision for Italian language instruction.  On the Fulbright application, applicants should include the Language Self-Evaluation and a Foreign Language Evaluation by a professional language instructor in relation to their language proficiency.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


The role of the affiliation in the U.S. Student Program is to provide ongoing and substantive oversight and support to the grantee's project. Grantees will be required to have affiliations with accredited academic or research institutions in Italy. Applicants must initiate contact with the host institution of preference and obtain a formal letter of affiliation between the applicant and the host institution. The letter should state that a host contact will be available during the grant year to mentor the applicant and/or supervise the applicant's work on the proposed project. While issuing the letter, the host contact must describe accurately the following points:

  1. Origin of the collaboration;
  2. Role of the Host Contact in the Candidate Project;
  3. Possible enrolment of the candidate in classes held in English;
  4. How the Host affiliation is planning to involve the Candidate in the Institution's activities;
  5. Are the candidate and host contact planning to explore potential collaborations?;
  6. Access to facilities and resources;
  7. Collaboration with an ongoing project.

Please note that the U.S.-Italy Commission will contact the proposed host institution of semi-finalist candidates and request that the host contact confirm these arrangements.

Although encouraged, candidates are not required to enroll in an Italian university; however, as indicated above, applicants must establish contacts and secure affiliations with an Italian university or research center.

Grantee's city of residence in Italy must be the city of the host institution.

Affiliations with U.S. institutions located in Italy are discouraged, and will be considered only if secondary to the affiliation with an Italian institution; and if “the faculty and student body of the school are primarily nationals of the host country, with courses and research opportunities primarily in non-U.S. subjects.” (FFSB Policies)

For information about Italian universities, please consult "Guide to Higher Education in Italy" at

Applicants enrolling in an Italian university must follow the enrollment procedure through the Italian diplomatic missions in the United States.

Information can be downloaded from the following websites: of the Ministry of Education

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Tuition and fees are not covered by the award.

Applications in Music and Arts

Candidates should establish contacts with Italian specialists in their fields who teach at Italian institutions (conservatories of music, art academies or private institutes) and request a letter of affiliation. The Commission does not accept music and art students who wish to study exclusively with private teachers, and the cost of private lessons will not be covered. Additional personal funds will be required to cover costs for private lessons, practice facilities, studio space, purchase of materials, etc.

Entry Visa

Grantees must enter Italy on a study visa covering the authorized length of grant.

Basic information about visas and their application process is available at

The possibility to stay for longer periods and/or being accompanied by dependents is subject to the provisions and restrictions of Italian Law.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Barbara Pizzella