Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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5 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Grant Period

10 Months

Candidates undertaking graduate study should commence their grants in January or February 2019. Those carrying out research must commence their grants at the start of the university year in January or February 2019 with the specific start date agreed upon by both grantee and host institution.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


All candidates must affiliate with an Australian university. It is the candidate's responsibility to secure affiliation with an Australian university. Candidates must include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. 

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Currently, Australian universities have agreed to waive tuition fees, where possible, for any U.S. Fulbright graduate student enrolling in a higher degree program. Please note that the waiving of tuition fees is at the discretion of the Australian institution and candidates are responsible for negotiating fee waivers directly with the corresponding institutions. Tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change, and vary with each institution. In the event a waiver is not granted, candidates should be aware that the Fulbright grant does not cover the cost of tuition fees and is for travel and stipend only.


  • Applicants currently residing in Australia (or those who will be living there during the 2017-2018 academic year) will not be considered.
  • Individuals with dual U.S.-Australian citizenship are not eligible.

Special Application Information

Candidates who are recommended for final review by the Fulbright Commission in Australia may be contacted for 30-minute interviews via skype or phone.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


I am a....

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.