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 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 review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


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 5 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. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award 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.

United Arab Emirates

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3 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Grant Period

10 Months

Fulbright grantees should expect to arrive no later than September 2020. 

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in the United States during the summer of 2020 as a condition of their grants.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Intermediate

Additional Information: A level of proficiency in Arabic sufficient to carry out the proposed research is required. Most university courses are now taught in English, with the exception of Arabic, Shari’a and certain law courses.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


The official placement for Fulbright grantees is usually the UAE University, where they may be affiliated with any of the University’s faculties and departments. However, Fulbright grantees may be affiliated with other academic institutions instead. Recent placements have included the American University of Sharjah, the University of Sharjah, Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi University, and the Petroleum Institute.

It is strongly recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi makes the final arrangements in placing grantees at the appropriate academic institutions. An affiliation letter is not a guarantee of research or security clearance, but is essential to obtaining them.

Research Clearance

Research clearance is assumed with university acceptance of the grantee.

A security clearance check is performed as part of the visa process.

Specific Considerations

The cost of living can be extremely high in the UAE.  Housing specifically can be exorbitant as new units are generally aimed at the luxury market, making affordable rental units hard to find.  U.S. Fulbright students who plan to have dependents accompany them for the duration of their grants should be prepared to find housing off-campus, as on-campus family units are not available.  They should also budget accordingly, as the dependent allowance provided by the Fulbright Program is fairly modest.  When housing is provided by the host institution, grantees are expected to abide by the institution's code of conduct. 


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Charlotte Fadare