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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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4 Fulbright Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) Paris-Saclay Awards

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

Two to four awards of 6 to 12 months each are offered to pursue a master's degree or research at the Ecole normale supérieure (ENS) Paris-Saclay (previously ENS Cachan) in the fundamental sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences, and humanities. ENS Paris-Saclay is a leading institution of higher education with a mission to train professors, researchers, and graduate-level course instructors. The institution's 12 teaching departments and 14 research units are dedicated to training students through research-orientation master's programs, 75% of whom go on to pursue doctoral studies. ENS Paris-Saclay is a founding member of Université Paris-Saclay, a world-class research university encompassing 13 other institutions of higher education and research.

Grant Period

9 Months

Grants are awarded for a minimum duration of 6 months and a maximum duration of 12 months. Grant periods may vary for independent research projects.

Grants will generally begin on September 1 through June 30 for university attendance.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation


Grantees will be required to attend a mandatory 1- to 2-day in-country orientation in late September or early October, and a 2-day mid-year conference in February (organized by the Fulbright Commission in France).

Candidate Profile

Graduating college seniors, recent graduates, master's, and Ph.D.-level candidates interested in pursuing studies and/or research at ENS Paris-Saclay in the following fields are eligible to apply: fundamental sciences, engineering sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

For reasons of visa eligibility, applicants in the fundamental sciences (including life sciences and engineering) must fall into one of three categories:

    • Be enrolled at ENS Paris-Saclay as a student during their stay in France, in which case they are eligible for a student visa;
    • Be enrolled in a US university during their stay in France, in which case they are eligible for an intern visa; or
    • Provide verification of already having completed a master's degree before arriving in France, in which case they are eligible for a scientific-researcher visa.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

Additional Information: Language courses are offered for free at ENS Paris-Saclay to select grantees: intensive learning courses in September, and courses throughout the academic year according to students' proficiency. In the Fulbright online application, applicants should include the Language Self-Evaluation and a Foreign Language Evaluation by a professional language instructor in relation to their language proficiency.

ENS Paris-Saclay delivers 8 master’s programs in English and there are 4 master’s programs delivered in both French and English. An intermediate knowledge of French is required for candidates interested in pursuing coursework in French. A basic knowledge of French may be sufficient for candidates proposing scientific research projects.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with ENS Paris-Saclay. Applicants are required to first contact the ENS Paris-Saclay International Office ( for information on the procedure to apply for the ENS Paris-Saclay international scholarship.

A letter of affiliation signed by the relevant supervisor at ENS Paris-Saclay should be submitted with the application for applicants pursuing both degree-seeking and research projects. Applicants enrolling in a degree seeking program must apply to ENS Paris-Saclay as well once they have been confirmed as Fulbright grantees. 

Please note that ENS Paris-Saclay is not the same institution as ENS in Paris itself (often referred to as “ENS Ulm”). In addition, while ENS Paris-Saclay is a member institution of the Université Paris-Saclay, not all Université Paris-Saclay programs are affiliated with ENS Paris-Saclay. Candidates need to be sure that the study and/or research projects they propose are indeed through ENS Paris-Saclay.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

A full tuition waiver and access to language instruction are provided, if needed, from the ENS Paris-Saclay.

Please note that, according to French law, all students are required to pay administrative fees ("contribution de vie étudiante et de campus" or CVEC) as part of enrollment. In 2019-2020, these fees were 91 euros.


Candidates currently residing in France are not eligible for consideration.

Special Application Instructions

In the Fulbright online application, please select ENS Paris-Saclay Grant from the Award Name drop-down menu.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

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