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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Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

Fulbright grants will begin between August 2020 and March 2021, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Mbabane. The Embassy organizes mandatory in-country briefing sessions at the beginning and end of the grant period.

Pre-Departure Orientation


As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2020.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Although English is the official language, siSwati may be needed for research conducted in rural areas.  

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure affiliation with an educational or research institution. It is strongly recommended that candidates identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications.

Special Opportunities

The University of Eswatini (UNISWA), Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU), and Limkokwing University of Technology can host Fulbright grantees in a variety of fields in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences including: agriculture, commerce, education, environmental studies, health, and technology.  Other institutions that may be considered include the Law Society of Swaziland; the Council of Eswatini Churches; the Council of Mediation, Arbitration and Conciliation (CMAC); the Federation of Eswatini Employers and Chamber of Commerce (FSE/CC); as well as the National Response Council for HIV/AIDS (NERCHA). 

Research Clearance

Research clearance should be requested before departure from the United States, but is usually granted after participants have arrived in Eswatini. Most Fulbright researchers choose to affiliate with the University of Eswatini's Social Science Research Unit, which opens access to research facilities and makes it possible to get a residence permit. UNISWA’s mailing address is: University of Eswatini, Private Bag 4, Kwaluseni M201, Kingdom of Eswatini, Southern Africa.


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

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