Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
Award Profile

All applicants are required to demonstrate the relevance of their projects to the Fulbright Program's mandate, which is to enhance mutual understanding between the two countries.  Proposals to conduct research and/or study in Guatemala either independently or as part of the candidate's current graduate program will be considered. 

Applications in all fields will be accepted. However, projects in Political Science, Social Science/Sociology and Economics, particularly those that deal with governance, economic development, and citizen security, are preferred. 

Grant Period

10 Months

Candidates should plan to attend a mandatory arrival orientation and begin their assignments in Guatemala in January 2019. Arrivals prior to January 10 are strongly discouraged and alternate start dates will not be considered except in the most extraordinary circumstances.

Pre-Departure Orientation


As a condition of the grant, all grantees to Central America 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: 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 Applicant Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is also required.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliations with an academic institution, research facility, or another appropriate organization, and for submitting supporting documentation verifying the affiliation.

Specific Considerations

Because of the ongoing threat of violent crime, Guatemala is rated by the U.S. Department of State as "critical" Applicants should clearly state in their research proposal that they have read and understand the safety and security information found at http://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/guatemala.html.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


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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.