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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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10 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

Grants will begin September 2021. 

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to participate in a pre-departure orientation in June or July as a condition of their grant.  No exemptions will be granted, including for participation in CLS programs.

Candidate Profile

Candidates at all degree levels will be considered; however, preference is given to those individuals who are already enrolled in graduate programs with research projects on topics primarily focused on Russian regions. Candidates who have recently obtained a bachelor’s degree and plan to pursue graduate work in the future will also be considered. Applications are welcome in the humanities, social sciences, pure and applied sciences, and the creative and performing arts. Candidates who will base themselves in the Russian regions (i.e. outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg) are preferred as there are very few grants available for placement in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information: Proficiency in Russian commensurate with the proposed research and sufficient to carry out its objectives is expected by the beginning of the grant. Semi-finalist candidates will be given a 15-minute Skype interview in Russian in February 2021.

The Critical Language Enhancement Award (CLEA) is available for study/research grantees for the study of Russian for a minimum of three and a maximum of six months in duration, concurrent with the Fulbright grant.  CLEA language studies can be completed through private tutoring, formal classes at their host universities or a combination of the two. A minimum of two years of prior Russian study is required.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Although candidates are encouraged to explore placement possibilities and affiliations and to submit letters of support, a confirmed placement or affiliation is not required before applying to the program. Priority will be given to those applicants proposing study/research in a Russian region, i.e., outside Moscow and St. Petersburg. Grantees must affiliate with a single academic institution for the duration of their Fulbright tenure (the entire grant period must be spent in one location); the Fulbright Program Office in Moscow determines academic affiliations for all successful candidates, whether with or without prior arrangements.

The Fulbright Program considers it essential to place grantees in a diversity of locations throughout Russia. A very limited number of grantees will be placed in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Affiliations are not possible in the Northern Caucasus region, and applications for projects in that region will not be considered. Before finalizing affiliation plans, applicants can consult with the Fulbright Office in Moscow. Please note that many Russian universities will require that grantees, especially those conducting research, consult with a local academic adviser; affiliation fees are becoming more prevalent.

For a list of recommended affiliations outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg, please review the Fulbright Russia Universities Catalog.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Many Russian universities will charge grantees tuition or a mandatory fee in order to host them as a researcher or for the purpose of affiliation. If affiliation requires course enrollment, the courses should be directly related to the grantee's research project. Grantees who are charged affiliation fees/tuition must consult with the Fulbright Program Office in Russia prior to signing the contract and payment in order to be reimbursed. Grantees who are not imposed a fee by their host university and would like to take courses must do so at their own expense.


Candidates with dual U.S.-Russian citizenship are ineligible for consideration.

Candidates who were born in the USSR or Russian Federation and then immigrated to the U.S. may still hold Russian citizenship if they have not renounced it. Candidates who are not sure whether they have dual citizenship need to inquire with the Russian Embassy or Consulate in the U.S. 


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

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