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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. 



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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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1 Fulbright/National University of Ireland Galway Award for Archival Research

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

Grantees may pursue independent post-graduate research related to their PhD studies at the Archives Collections of the James Hardiman Library at the National University of Ireland Galway.  The Archives comprise over 350 collections, ranging from one postcard to 300 boxes of material, and dating from 1485 to the present. From Queen's College to National University of Ireland Galway, the University's past is intertwined with the history of Galway and Ireland. With over 90 buildings on 105 hectares of land, NUI Galway is right in the heart of Galway city. NUI Galway has over 17,000 students, more than 2,400 staff and a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence.  

Grant Period

6 Months

Commencing August or September 2021.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation

Candidate Profile

The Commission is seeking applicants who:

  1. Are currently registered for a PhD in the U.S. and have completed one year of research;
  2. Possess excellence (academically, personally, professionally, creatively);
  3. Demonstrate leadership experience, attributes and, or potential;
  4. Outline a strong rationale and feasible methodology for conducting research at the National University of Ireland Galway that indicates how a Fulbright to Ireland fits into their longer term goals;
  5. Demonstrate the benefit of becoming a Fulbrighter; to themselves (personally and professionally), to their discipline, to society, to Ireland, to the Fulbright Program / Commission and to the U.S. when they return;
  6. Extend themselves beyond their project / studies to become actively involved in Irish society and the work of the Fulbright Commission. 

The Commission is keen to support projects that brings awardees into contact with a wide range of stakeholders, particularly outside of academia, to maximize their academic / cultural exchange experience and to raise awareness of the Fulbright Program in Ireland.

Accepted Degree Levels


Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Language is English unless the applicant wishes to study Irish language archival material. Applicants interested in researching Irish language materials will need to demonstrate relevant competency in the Irish Language. Those applicants must submit the language of nomination form with their applications and if recommended for an award may be asked to take the Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge (The European Certificate in Irish) exam.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Applicants are responsible for establishing their affiliation with the Archives Collections of the James Hardiman Library at the National University of Ireland Galway and including an initial letter of affiliation in their application. The Fulbright Commission can assist with / advise on this process but applicants should conduct their own initial research into the Archives Collections. Applicants are encouraged to contact Barry Houlihan in the Archives Collections, email: prior to contacting the Commission for advice.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Maximum stipend of €10,000. No dependent benefits are paid. Applicants will not be liable for tuition from NUI Galway.


Candidates currently residing in the Republic of Ireland are not eligible to apply.

Special Application Instructions

In the Fulbright online application, for Award Name please select Archival Research from the drop down menu.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Paula Melvin