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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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10 Fulbright Future Scholarship

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

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is pleased to offer the Fulbright Future Scholarships. This unique opportunity provides significant funding for projects that seek to have a positive impact on the health, prosperity, and livelihoods of Americans and Australians.

Thanks to generous support from The Kinghorn Foundation, the Fulbright Future Scholarships are looking to support projects that seek to advance cutting-edge applied science, kick start innovative business collaborations that foster the creation of new jobs, or further the development of impact-driven emergent technologies.

Fulbright Future Scholarships are open to postgraduate students, PhD researchers, academics and professionals. Awardees will receive funding for full tuition/visiting researcher expenses at an AUS institution of their choice, as well as travel and living costs.

Grant Period

24 Months

Funding up to 5 years possible for those proposing enrollment in an Australian PhD program.

Candidates undertaking graduate study should commence their grants in January or February 2022. Those carrying out research must commence their grants at the start of the university year in January or February 2022 with the specific start date agreed upon by both grantee and host institution. (July 2021 in some cases - by approval only)

Postgraduate students seeking to:

  • undertake a full Australian masters degree (up to 2 years)
  • study part of a U.S. master’s program in Australia (6 – 10 months)
  • conduct research towards a U.S. PhD program (6 – 10 months)
  • undertake a full Australian PhD (up to 5 years)

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Fulbright Future Scholarships are open to applications for American candidates who satisfy the following criteria.


  • can apply as postgraduate students who seek to complete a full Australian masters degree, or part of their U.S. master's degree in Australia
  • can apply as postgraduate students who seek to complete a full Australian PhD
  • can apply as PhD researchers who seek to complete research towards their U.S. PhD in Australia
  • can apply as postdoctoral candidates, academics or professionals who seek to complete a period of research in Australia
  • must have an undergraduate qualification
  • should aim to create, contribute to, or otherwise enhance Australian-American bilateral research collaborations
  • must dedicate half a page of the Statement of Grant Purpose (labeled with header “Impact”) to highlighting the potential impact of their proposed research/study
  • all applicants are required to include a letter of invitation from their proposed institution with their application (except postgraduate students seeking to complete an Australian master’s or PhD program)

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Masters seeking candidates are not required to have secured affiliation at the time of application but should include some discussion on their ideal top 1-3 institutions/degree program in the project statement. Securing admission at an institution is the responsibility of the applicant after the results of their Fulbright application has been announced.

Research candidates must secure affiliation at the time of application and include a letter of invitation from the proposed host with the application.


  • Applicants currently residing in Australia (or those who will be living there during the 2020-2021 academic year) will not be considered.
  • Individuals with dual U.S.-Australian citizenship are not eligible.

Special Application Instructions

Applicants must select ‘Fulbright Future Scholarship’ in the award name field of the application.

Candidates who are recommended for final review by the Fulbright Commission in Australia may be contacted for 20-30 minute interviews via Zoom or phone.

What is considered ‘Impact’? 

  • To qualify for the Future Scholarships program, applicants must dedicate half a page of the Statement of Grant Purpose (labeled with header “Impact”) to highlighting the potential impact of their proposed research/study. ‘Impact’ may be defined as:
    • Significant advancement of new technologies, techniques, or other novel research with potential for practical outcomes
    • Tangible effect, benefit, or outcome for Australian and American society
    • Creation of enduring bilateral commercial or research partnerships with potential for significant growth
    • Novel approaches to medical treatment or rehabilitation
    • Potential for job-creation


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Scholarships Team