Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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5 Chile Science Initiative Awards

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

Graduate students conducting thesis or dissertation research are preferred. However, graduating seniors and recent graduates will be considered with projects proposing coursework and a research project.

Pursuant to the Commission's interest in supporting study at Chile's leading science centers, up to five grants will be awarded specifically for Master's-level or Ph.D. students conducting study/research at one of the accredited institutions in Chile. Prospective applicants may contact the institution directly to determine if the proposed project is feasible.

Applications from candidates in science and technology fields are especially welcome. Topics concerning astronomy, earth sciences, engineering, mathematics, biology, geology, food science, forestry, mining, oceanography, aquaculture, energy, biotechnology, physics, environmental sciences, ecology and chemistry are of particular interest.

Grant Period

9 Months

All grantees must arrive prior to or at the beginning of March 2019 to enroll or conduct research for the full academic year. Grant dates must correspond to the academic year in Chile (March to November). The grant period starts with an orientation organized by the Fulbright Commission in early March 2019. No exceptions will be considered for alternate grant dates.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

The Fulbright Commission in Chile will host a mandatory in-person orientation, organized in Chile upon arrival prior to the start of the grant period in March 2019.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

Additional Information: Spanish language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis.  Some programs may not require a high level of Spanish proficiency since much of the work at the institute is conducted in English. Applicants should be sure to determine the level of Spanish required for their project. Both the letter of affiliation and applicant's Statement of Grant Purpose should address the language issue, if proficiency is not required.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Applicants should obtain a letter of affiliation from the contact or other faculty person at the institution, stating, at a minimum, that the applicant's background is sufficient and the proposal appears to be feasible.

The role of the affiliation in the U.S. Student Program is to provide ongoing and substantive oversight and support for the grantee's project. Grantees will be required to have affiliations with accredited academic or research institutions in Chile. Therefore, applicants must initiate contact with the host institution of preference and obtain a formal letter of invitation or affiliation prior to submitting the application. In addition to indicating the nature of the affiliation between the applicant and the host institution (e.g., enrollment in classes, access to facilities or resources, collaboration with an ongoing project, etc.), the letter should state that a host contact will be available during the grant year to mentor the applicant and/or supervise the applicant's work on the proposed project.

Please visit the website of the Fulbright Commission in Chile for further information on University Regional Research Centers in Chile that have expressed specific interest in hosting potential Fulbright Grantees.  While many of these Centers have a science and technology focus, the institutions themselves may also have potential as a possible host institution/affiliation.  This is not intended as a comprehensive list.


Candidates already in Chile at the time of application are not eligible. Candidates who have lived/studied in Chile for more than 12 months within the last 5 years will be less competitive.

Special Application Instructions

Applicants must select "Chile Science Initiative Award" in the Award Name field of the application.


Dependent support is not available

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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 would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

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 could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student 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 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. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.