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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 goal of the Fulbright Program in Kuwait is to promote mutual understanding between Kuwait and the United States and to encourage research linkages between U.S. and Kuwaiti scholars and students. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait (aka Post) highly encourages research fields that relate to political science, STEM, the environment, media and mass communication, international relations, and gender studies.

Post manages the Fulbright Program in Kuwait. Upon arrival, the grantee will be invited to meet with the Cultural Affairs Officer to discuss possible engagement opportunities that can help the grantee have a rich experience and develop academic connections. 

Grant Period

10 Months

Fulbright grants will begin between August 2021 and March 2022, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait City.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in the United States in the summer of 2021 as a condition of their grants.

Arrival Orientation

Arrival orientation will be scheduled as soon as possible following the arrival of the grantees.

Candidate Profile

Candidates at all degree levels and proposals in all disciplines will be considered. Ideal candidates should have a distinctive research project dealing with a subject that can be reasonably accomplished in ten months. Candidates with Arabic language fluency and with cross-cultural experience will find their research more effectively accomplished and their Fulbright experience enhanced. Candidates who present research projects showing specific knowledge of Kuwait, the Gulf, the Arab world, and Islam, for example, will have a better grasp of research possibilities.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

A proficient level of Arabic is required to conduct research on materials that are in Arabic. The local dialect is Gulf Arabic. However, a level of proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic sufficient to carry out the proposed research.

Otherwise, Arabic is not required. It is strongly recommended that candidates who want to study Arabic in Kuwait have a minimum of two years of prior Arabic study at a recognized institution at the time of application. 

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


It is strongly recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. In addition to the government-run Kuwait University (KU), private universities such as the American University of Kuwait (AUK) and the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) may also be considered as host institutions. Moreover, there are a number of government agencies, quasi-governmental institutions, and civil society organizations that may be open to hosting Fulbright students. However, the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait makes the final arrangements in placing grantees at the appropriate institutions.

General Comments

Candidates should be prepared to live among local students and accept the conservative mores of Kuwaiti society. Compared to U.S. standards, opportunities for social life outside the university are limited.

Kuwait does not issue residency or long-term visas to Fulbright grantees; all grantees are issues tourist vias, which are valid for three months.  Every three months, grantees must leave the country for a minimum of 48 hours before returning to receive a new tourist visa.


Host institutions will not provide housing, but U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs Section may assist grantees in finding nearby and appropriate housing.

Security Information

For travel around Kuwait, please refer to the most recent State Department Travel Advisory for Kuwait.

Visa Information

Fulbright grantees receive a three-month tourist visa upon arrival free of charge. If grantees need to stay in the country for longer than three months without exiting the country, the U.S. Embassy will assist grantees with renewing their visas.

Additional Dependent Information

Spouses are welcome to accompany Fulbright grantees. School age children cannot accompany the grantee, as they require legal residencies (provided by a legal sponsor) to be enrolled into schools.  


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Shaima Ebrahim