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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 Fulbright/Maastricht University Awards

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

Maastricht University uses Problem-Based Learning, an innovative teaching method that focuses on small groups, active participation, and informal contacts between students and the academic staff. This approach to teaching, together with the international student population, gives students significant opportunities to acquire knowledge and experience from a range of different perspectives. The majority of the Bachelor’s programs and almost all of the Master’s and Ph.D. programs are taught in English. UM focuses its research on international issues critical to the development of society. UM ranks 5th in the Times Higher Education 250 under 50 (2018). In the 2018 QS 'top 50 under 50', UM is the 15th best young university worldwide. 

Grant Period

9 Months

Starting September 1.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation

Candidate Profile

Applications will be considered from well-qualified candidates in all fields for which graduate programs are offered by Maastricht University. Only students who are admitted (at the time of application or later during the selection process for the Fulbright grant) and who furnish proof of acceptance to one of the graduate programs will be considered. Please visit the UM Master's website for more information on programs and admissions.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Dutch language proficiency is not required, but is useful at the time of arrival. Some study of Dutch prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community. Many UM programs are in English. If the candidate wishes to enter into a program where Dutch is the language of instruction, then he/she must have adequate language capability to do so.It is highly recommended that selected grantees attend the Pre-Academic Training program of Maastricht University. This is a three-week optional component of the Fulbright Scholarship. Selected grantees will receive more information about the Pre-Academic Training program and arrival in Maastricht with their Award Letters. The Pre-Academic Training will take place in August. 

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: No

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Applicants are required to apply separately to Maastricht University, by February 1, 2021, independent of their Fulbright application. Students are encouraged to contact the University to discuss the program requirements and their candidacy. 

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Grantees will be provided with a full waiver for the cost of tuition by Maastricht University. The grant also includes visa fee, insurance, international travel. 

Please see this link for the grant amounts. 


U.S. students currently residing in the Netherlands will not be considered for any awards to the Netherlands.

In addition, U.S. students with both U.S. and Dutch citizenship will not be considered. 

Candidates who will receive a PhD degree by the grant start date are not eligible for consideration.

Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name please select Maastricht University from the drop down menu.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Linda Pietersen

Additional Online Resources

Maastricht University Website