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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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18 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

Applicants must identify in the Project Abstract and the first paragraph of their Statements of Grant Purpose the broad category that best describes their project proposal:

  1. Formal enrollment awards (Graduate Degree Enrollment) are intended for students who plan to enroll in a graduate program at a university in Canada and propose a specific project as part of their Canadian graduate program. Formal enrollment candidates must apply directly to Canadian graduate programs at the same time as they apply for a Fulbright award. Fulbright Canada is not involved in university admissions.  This award would help support the first nine months of the academic year of the student's graduate degree.
  2. Research awards (Independent Study/Research) are intended for students enrolled in a graduate program at an American university, and who wish to conduct research in Canada that will support their U.S. degree (MA or Ph.D.). This award would help support a nine-month academic year in Canada. 
  3. Independent research awards (Independent Study/Research) are intended for researchers who have completed an undergraduate degree or a master's degree at an American university, and who wish to pursue one academic year of independent research in Canada. This award would help support a nine-month academic year in Canada.

Formal enrollment students, researchers, and independent researchers candidates are responsible for obtaining a letter of invitation from their intended host institution and must adhere to all host institution regulations pertaining to visiting researchers.

All applicants are required to demonstrate the relevance of their projects to Fulbright Canada's Program mandate, which is to enhance mutual understanding between the two countries.  

Applicants who will have received a Ph.D. by December 31, 2021, should apply to the Fulbright Scholar Program, see

Grant Period

9 Months

Grants normally coincide with the academic year. Bachelor's degree must be conferred prior to the orientation.

Shorter grant periods (6 months minimum) may be considered on an exceptional basis for students not enrolled in a formal program.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation


Orientation takes place in September 2021, and grants normally coincide with the academic year.

Candidate Profile

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information:  French language ability commensurate with the requirements of the project and/or the requirements of the institution at any of the Francophone institutions and a Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level French language instructor is required.

Several bilingual universities offer courses in both French and English. For further information, please contact Fulbright Canada ( directly.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


All grantees must have an approved affiliation with an appropriate host (i.e., a university or other research-oriented institution) in Canada and are responsible for securing an affiliation letter and including it in the application. Applicants are encouraged to establish an affiliation with the intended host institution at an early stage and ideally have a fallback position. Applicants must list their potential host institution(s) in the Statement of Grant Purpose.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

The award is a fixed sum of $20,000 US for one nine-month academic year beginning in September. The award is meant to help offset tuition, fees, cost of living, and related expenses. A number of Canadian universities offer competitive graduate awards that can supplement the Fulbright Canada award. In addition, some provinces provide direct awards for enrolled graduate students who hold external awards such as a Fulbright grant.  Tuition waivers are extremely rare at Canadian universities.


Persons who hold permanent residence status in Canada will not be considered for U.S. student grants to Canada. In addition, candidates residing in or studying at a university in Canada during the academic year prior to the grant start are not eligible for Fulbright grants to Canada.

A candidate who has resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application is ineligible for a grant.  A candidate who has lived outside the United States for nine months or more during the calendar year is deemed to have resided abroad for that year.

Special Opportunities

Professional Development Grants, available on a competitive basis under the auspices of the Fulbright Canada Mobility Program, are allocated to grantees in the winter term. Other opportunities, such as the Eco-Leadership Program, are also available.

Fulbright/John R. Oishei Award: This award is available for an American student who is from Buffalo, NY, permanently residing in the greater Buffalo area, or studying in Buffalo. Applicants interested in pursuing their studies in the fields of business, health care, education, and cultural, social or civic needs of the community are eligible. The Foundation gives priority to innovative, creative, and time-limited programs or projects. All qualified applicants will be considered; special notation on the application is not required.

General Comments

Fulbright Canada awards offer a unique opportunity to explore a wide range of scholarly issues, including important contemporary issues that are relevant to Canada, and the United States, and to the relationship between the two countries.

While the competition is officially open to all fields, we are especially keen to support students in the areas of public policy, public health, Canadian-American relations, Arctic studies, artificial intelligence, law, and the pure and applied sciences, and the topics relating to energy, the economy, and the environment.  Fulbright Canada also has a special interest in indigenous students and indigenous studies.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Michelle Emond, Program Officer