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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 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Award Profile

The U.S. Embassy offers up to two Open Study/Research Awards to U.S. graduate or PhD students to conduct a period of research and/or study in Mongolia. These awards are available in any field/discipline.

Grant Period

10 Months

Candidates should design projects that begin in the last week of August 2021 (August 23-27, 2021).

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend the pre-departure orientation in the summer of 2021 as a condition of their grants.

Arrival Orientation


All grantees are required to inform the embassy of their arrival date. The embassy will host the grantees for an in-country orientation. 

Candidate Profile

Applicants should be mature, articulate, and motivated individuals who understand the challenges of the harsh climate and daily challenges of living in a developing country. The most successful applicants are flexible, open-minded, independent, and industrious.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Novice

All applicants should demonstrate a clear interest in Mongolia and learning Mongolian. Applicants conducting dissertation research must have the necessary language skills.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Applicants should identify and contact appropriate host universities for their projects and include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. Research centers and institutes at leading universities frequently offer affiliation to U.S. students in appropriate fields. Applicants are expected to establish the affiliation independently. Upon request, the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar can assist with initiating affiliations. Please contact us at  


Candidates currently residing in Mongolia (or those who will be living there during the 2020-2021 academic year) will not be considered. Candidates who have already received their PhD degrees by the grant start date are not eligible.

Special Application Instructions

All candidates must indicate in the end of the Statement of Grant Purpose on their applications if they have any medical conditions that could impair their abilities to conduct their program in Mongolia, including but not limited to conditions worsened by stress such as epilepsy, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc. 

Candidates who are recommended for final review may be contacted for a 15-30 minute interview by the embassy via phone or Skype.

Special Considerations

Although Mongolians are welcoming towards westerners in general, there have been incidents of crimes against foreigners, especially towards men. These incidents often occur in areas with nightlife and when foreign men are believed to be accompanied by Mongolian women. Western women can be targets for sexual harassment such as cat calling and offensive gestures. Grantees will receive a safety briefing from the embassy’s regional security officer upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar. Program participants must make mature and sensible choices about personal safety.

Visa Requirements

All Fulbright open study/research award grantees MUST obtain an S Visa prior to entering the country. Grantees should seek assistance of the host institute in acquiring necessary documents for the visa application, but it is grantees' responsibilities to get their visas in time. Due to the national holiday Naadam in mid-July, Mongolian organizations and the Mongolian Embassy in Washington D.C. closes for up to five days. It is mandatory for grantees to start their visa process well in advance. In general, Mongolians take extended leave in the months of July and August. For more information on the S visa, please visit this website.


Dependent support is not available.

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