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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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2 Fulbright/RCSI PhD Awards

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

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is an innovative, pioneering international health sciences education and research institution dedicated toward breakthroughs and service of excellence in human health. It has been the practice in the past both for the RCSI and Fulbright to develop linkages with other entities, both public and private, foreign and domestic, in order to advance their objectives. RCSI and Fulbright share common and fundamental interests in the advancement of research, the dissemination of knowledge, and the promotion of social and cultural development. 

The purpose of this grant is to enable US citizens who are resident in the US to complete a fully funded PhD at RCSI over a period of 4 years. Prospective fellows interested in these PhD awards should review the RCSI StAR PhD Programme brochure to identify the potential studies for their PhD:

The StAR PhD programme aims to attract high-achieving international students to an efficient four-year structured, fully funded PhD training programme at RCSI.

The programme aims to encourage scientists to develop innovative research projects in one of RCSI’s areas of research strength, including but not limited to:

Two grants are expected be awarded in 2021-22.  However, the PhD tuition funding will last for all four years of the PhD programme. 

Grant Period

12 Months

The minimum programme duration is for 48 months (this is the time required to be registered in order to fulfil the submission criteria for the award of PhD). The Fulbright award part thereof is for 12 months, with RCSI providing fee waivers and funding for the additional 3 years of the 4 year programmme.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation

Candidate Profile

Must be holders of an honours bachelor degree, grade 2.1 or above, or a Master’s degree from a Recognised College in a relevant discipline.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: No

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Applicants will need to apply for admission to their school of choice in RCSI.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

The maximum value of the award will be €170,400 over a maximum of four years.

Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name, please select the specific award you are applying for from the drop down menu.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Paula Melvin