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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. 



U.S. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

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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4 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Grant Period

10 Months

Grantees may begin their grants in September 2021 in order to attend an in-country orientation.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in the summer of 2021 as a condition of their grants.

Arrival Orientation

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Novice

Additional Information: Khmer language proficiency is not a requirement in the candidate selection process. Applicants without Khmer language skills should include plans for language study in their Fulbright projects and should plan to study Khmer concurrent with their research after arriving in Cambodia.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


It is strongly recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. If necessary, U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh will assist in facilitating affiliations for candidates who have been officially awarded grants.


Candidates currently residing in Cambodia (or those who will be living in Cambodia during the 2020-2021 academic year) will not be considered.

Special considerations

Grantees are reminded to observe all security, safety, and health practices appropriate for Southeast Asia, including malaria prevention.  As in all developing countries, the candidates should not expect sophisticated equipment or apartments with American standards of comfort.  Living conditions outside of urban areas tend to be harsh and without plumbing and electricity.  Housing availability can be limited, although the situation in Phnom Penh, Siem Riep, and Battambong has improved in recent years.  Use of libraries can be hampered by short hours, closed stacks, and limited circulation, although the Embassy can help to facilitate after-hours research, when needed.

Special Application Information

Semi-Finalist candidates who are recommended for final review by the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh may be contacted for interviews via Skype or phone.


Dependent support is not available.

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Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

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