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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.

Artist

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. 

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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.

Spain

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24 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
9 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

The US-Spain Fulbright Commission is one of the largest commissions worldwide and it hosted more than 200 US grantees last year. 

Fulbright Spain's study and research awards facilitate access to research and studies representing a wide range of disciplines. The aim of these awards is to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Spain and to provide grantees with opportunities for research collaboration that extend into the future.  Core funding for this program is provided by the US government and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education. 

For the first time in 2019, Spain hosted a Research Seminar for all its student predoctoral researchers and scholars. Given the success of this seminar, the Commission intends to hold a similar event each year. 

Grant Period

9 Months

9 months.

Grants will begin on September 15, 2021.

Initiating the award at a later date in 2021-2021 will be considered only in extraordinary circumstances. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Advanced graduate students, doctoral candidates, and those with previous research experience will be given priority. Graduating seniors will also be considered. Applicants must be mature and self-motivated individuals who are capable of working independently with little supervision. Awards are mainly offered for independent graduate research in areas of mutual U.S./Spanish interest. Engaging in university coursework may be considered, but not as the sole purpose of the project; university fees are not covered by the grant benefits. Course listings may not be confirmed until after universities begin and enrollment of foreign students is not automatic. Projects dealing with contemporary issues are especially encouraged.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information: Spanish language proficiency is strongly recommended. A basic understanding of Catalan, Gallego or Basque is recommended for general research or study in the respective regions prior to beginning the grant. Please make sure to include the Language Self-Evaluation and Foreign Language Evaluation in your Fulbright Online Application.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No

Affiliation

Research centers and universities in Spain can be found at the following links:

Keep in mind that these lists are not exhaustive, and both public and private Spanish universities also offer ample research opportunities. 

Applicants must arrange affiliation in Spain and submit letters of invitation indicating the name and position of the research adviser with whom the scholar will collaborate, and the availability of research resources. The letter is required to be signed by the research adviser and have the approval of the head of the corresponding department. The U.S.-Spain Fulbright Commission provides wide support to selected candidates regarding administrative issues such as the visa process, and ample pre-departure and arrival information. However, it cannot assist in establishing contacts at prospective host institutions.

For applicants in the Creative and Performing Arts, letters of affiliation must be from an academic adviser affiliated with a host institution.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

University fees are not covered by the grant benefits.

Ineligibility

Candidates with dual U.S./Spanish citizenship, or candidates residing in Spain at the time of application or any time thereafter, are not eligible for a Fulbright grant in Spain.

Special Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a translated version of the Statement of Grant Purpose and Personal Statement in Spanish, in addition to an English version. The translated documents must adhere to the same page limit guidelines as the English versions. These do not need to be word for word translations, but should convey the same ideas. Each document should be uploaded in the designated field in the Fulbright online application. The translated document should be uploaded as a PDF document.

Dependents

Only a one time allowance of $400 will be provided regardless of the number of dependents accompanying the grantee.

Dependents

Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.fulbright.es

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Academic Advising Office