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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.

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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.

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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

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1 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award-Roma Student Initiative

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

The purpose of this award is to provide English language training and leadership development to the Roma student population in Hungary, who have been disadvantaged due to their poor economic situation and have suffered discrimination over the years.

Grant Period

9 Months

Grants will begin in September 2021 and will last through May 2022.

The Hungarian Fulbright Commission provides a 4-day orientation program in Budapest at the beginning of September, which includes basic language and intercultural competency training. Attendance at the orientation is expected.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation

Candidate Profile

Applications are welcome from applicants in all fields in the humanities. Preference will be given to applicants from the following fields: TEFL/applied linguistics, American literature, American history, American Studies, Folklore, Political Science, Creative Writing, Sociology, Anthropology and/or graduate students interested in international education, educational advising and community development. Previous teaching experience is highly recommended. Experience with underserved communities is an advantage. Special skills like coaching, arts and crafts, music, etc for after class activities are welcome.

Applicants should submit detailed descriptions of their study or career interests and also include well-thought-out and feasible project proposals. Details of assignments will be subject to direct communication between selected candidates and designated institutions.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Hungarian language proficiency is not a requirement in the candidate selection process. Some study of Hungarian prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: n/a

Graduate Degree Enrollment: n/a

Placement Type

University/Post-Secondary Institution

Other Educational Institution

The goal of the Roma Student Initiative is to work with Roma students who have already gained admission to Hungary's colleges and universities and are residents in one of the Roma Residential Colleges (for more information on Roma residential colleges please check the websites of e.g. the Jesuit Roma Residential College or the Roma Residential College of Eger) that were set up to support first generation students, often from underprivileged families. Grantees will be placed at a Roma residential college in Budapest or in the countryside where they will be responsible for teaching 2 or 3 courses per week. Moreover, grantees will advise Hungarian students on studying in the U.S. and participating in EducationUSA outreach activities, such as conducting outreach events or lessons and giving information about American study opportunities to high school or college students in areas with significant Roma presence. Grantees may also be asked to teach one or two university level American Studies courses and to assist the work of the American Corners in Hungary (American Corners). In addition, approximately 12 hours per week will be reserved for an independent study/research project, if needed.

Detailed information on Roma residential colleges can also be found on the Fulbright Commission's website.


Candidates residing in Hungary at the time of application and/or candidates with extensive experience of the host country are less preferred.

For policy reasons, those born and educated in Hungary, and who left the country within the last five years, will not be considered.

Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright on-line application, for Award Name, please select Roma Student Initiative Grant from the drop down menu.

Country Overview

Hungary is a welcoming and safe country with rich cultural and educational traditions. The Hungarian higher education system is part of the European Higher Education Area. The country has many well-known universities with rapidly growing international connections, joint programs and many international students.

The academic year is from September to May. Semesters are typically four months in length. The second semester begins in February. Over 400 study programs in English and other languages are offered by Hungarian higher education institutions.

The Hungarian Fulbright Commission organizes an extensive orientation program for U.S. grantees. All through the grant period, grantees are regularly invited to participate in cultural enrichment programs, visits and conferences. These programs offer interesting insights into Hungarian culture, different institutions, and also foster team spirit among grantees.

The Fulbright Commission gives grantees thorough assistance in obtaining visa/residence permit for the duration of their grant in Hungary.


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Annamaria Sas, US Program Officer