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1 Fulbright/Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Award

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

The Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest is the only music academy in the world that was founded by Franz Liszt. The piano virtuoso, composer, conductor, teacher, author and philanthropist established the institution in 1875. The Academy has always taken pride in meeting the standards set by its founders and revered professors. This means students encounter a special and demanding Hungarian style of teaching. Education here focuses on understanding the meaning of music and the art of ensemble playing. Those who enter the Liszt Academy know that attendance involves a serious commitment to a perfectionist approach to music. Studying here means hard and disciplined work under the guidance of professors who are renowned artists, visiting professors at other illustrious universities, jury members of international competitions, for whom teaching is a passion. The Liszt Academy is proud to have outstanding, highly experienced professors. All classical instruments, singing/opera, jazz and folk music, orchestral/choral conducting, music pedagogy, composition are offered as majors - both on BA and MA level.

Grant Period

9 Months

Applications for a grant up to 9 months will be considered.

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 course is expected.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Applicants are welcome with strong music education background in one of the following: symphonic orchestral instruments, voice, jazz, music education, music history, composition, choir/orchestral conducting or folk music. Candidates are expected to show dedication in the traditional European values and music culture, and embrace the tradition of our ancestors: Ferenc Liszt, Béla Bartók, György Ligeti, Lipot Auer, David Popper, Sir Georg Solti and many more. We also expect of the candidates the willingness to participate in various ensembles and orchestras as performers as these subjects are highlighted areas in most of the curriculums of the Liszt Academy.

High interest in visiting concerts is also preferable since the Liszt Academy is among the most prestigious concert venues in the region.

In general, we also expect candidates to be open to new ideas, cultures and musical influences since our academy is one of the most diverse higher education institutions in Hungary with students, professors, lecturers and performers from all over the world.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

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: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


The affiliation for this award will be with the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. An invitation letter is required. Applicants are encouraged to contact the International Office of the Academy to discuss their proposal and request a letter of invitation.

Applicants have to apply directly to the Liszt Academy as well by the Academy's application deadline indicating that they have applied for a Fulbright grant. Information about the Academy's application procedure can be found at:


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 Embark on-line application, Question #22 Award Name please select Liszt Academy from the drop down menu.

For applicants applying for a performance based program, select Arts for the Grant Category and submit supplementary arts materials.

Applicants must apply directly to the Liszt Academy as well by the Academy's application deadline and indicate that they have applied for a Fulbright grant. Information about the Academy's application procedure can be found at:

Country overview

Hungary is a welcoming 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 strong 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

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