Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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2 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Award Profile

At the time of this printing, because of visa issues, U.S. grantees to Bolivia are restricted to three months in the country. If the visa issue is resolved prior to selections in the late winter 2017, the restriction will be lifted. In the meantime, however, the program will only accept applications for study/research projects in Bolivia as part of a multi-country project.

Projects that combine three months in Bolivia with 6-7 months in a second country in the Western Hemisphere are strongly encouraged.

Grant Period

9 Months

Grants may begin at any time between August 31, 2018 and March 31, 2019, based on project design.  Discuss your project timeline in the Statement of Grant Purpose.

Pre-Departure Orientation


As a condition of the grant, all grantees to Bolivia are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, DC in June or July.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Intermediate

Additional Information: Spanish language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but to communicate on a daily basis. Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project.   Applicants should discuss plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant on Application Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation.  A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is also required.

In rural areas, basic Aymara or Quechua will be needed for effective research.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Candidates arrange their own affiliations and are expected to work independently. Candidates must include letters of affiliation with the application.

General comments

The program is open to all fields. However, projects focusing on the study of indigenous peoples (who collectively constitute a majority of Bolivia’s population), business topics (particularly micro-enterprise development and eco-tourism) are preferred. In addition, students in the creative and performing arts and in the fields of computer science, criminal justice, law, ecology, environment, and museum studies (management, preservation, and cultural patrimony) are encouraged to apply.


Dependent support is not available

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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 would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

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 could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student 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 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. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.