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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 Fulbright Program in Bahrain began in 1995 and supports both U.S. and Bahraini Fulbright scholars, students, and a small number of Bahraini Arabic language teaching assistants assigned to U.S. host institutions. The Fulbright Program is administered by the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy. The U.S. Embassy Manama coordinates with local universities to facilitate the affiliation process on behalf of the U.S. Fulbrighters and has developed relationships with many academic institutions. The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago made up of 33 islands located in the Arabian Gulf. According to the e-Government portal statistics, Bahrain’s population is currently around 1.2 million Bahrainis and residents.

Grant Period

10 Months

Grant dates correspond with the academic year in Bahrain, September 2021 through June 2022 and subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Manama.

Pre-Departure Orientation


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

Arrival Orientation


The Public Affairs Section (PAS) organizes an arrival orientation. During the orientation, Fulbrighters meet and learn about the role and support available for Fulbrighters through the Public Affairs Office, Regional English Language Office, Security Office and the Consular Services Office.

Candidate Profile

Applicants should be knowledgeable of world issues, and be articulate, resourceful, tolerant, flexible, and mature, and demonstrate initiative, leadership, and confidence. Applicants will be placed at local academic institutions. Applicants will be required to work on their research projects with a local supervisor at their local host institution. Grantees will be considered as faculty. The roles and responsibilties of grantees will be assigned by the academic department.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

A level of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic (Fusha) is sufficient to carry out the proposed research but not required.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Applicants are encouraged to visit the websites of local universities to review their academic programs. Applicants can reach out to local universities to request an invitation/affiliation letter. It is recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects in their applications. However, the U.S. Embassy in Manama makes the final arrangements in placing grantees at the appropriate academic institutions. 

Special Opportunities

Projects in all disciplines are considered. Bahraini host institutions often prefer those in business, economics, education, and the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.


The host institution will not provide housing but host institution and/or the US Embassy’s Public Affairs Section will assist grantees in locating nearby and appropriate housing.

Additional Dependent Information

Fulbright grantee has a wide range of school options in Bahrain at the grantee's expense. Applicants interested in bringing school-aged dependents should contact Samar Hasan, Education Specialist, at for additional information.

Security Information

Please refer to the most recent State Department Travel Advisory for Bahrain for more details. 


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Samar Hasan