2024-2025 competition is closed. 2025-2026 competition will open in April 2024. 

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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.If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you will apply through that institution, even if you are not currently a resident there. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants 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.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and 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. Professor/Administrator

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

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

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 Program or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.


Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
Flexible Start
Grant Length
6-9 Months
Award Type
Open Study/Research
Award Profile

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Mauritius aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Mauritius. 

Preference is given to projects that directly support Mauritius and/or enhance Mauritian-U.S. relations. Proposals in the following subject areas are encouraged: gender-based violence and gender equality, environmental studies, marine sciences, oceanography, and various aspects of financial technology (e.g., artificial intelligence, blockchain, eCommerce, and transparency in the financial sector).

Grant Length
6-9 Months
Grant Period
Flexible Start

Fulbright grants will begin between August 2024 and January 2025, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis. If affiliated with the University of Mauritius or any other higher education institution, grantees should know that semester dates are August - December and January - May.

Pre-Departure Orientation

As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2024.

In the weeks preceding their arrival in Mauritius, each grantee should schedule with the Embassy the time and date of their check-in and security briefing - which should ideally take place within their first three days in the country.

Candidate Profile

Ph.D. candidates who plan to conduct dissertation research and Master's candidates are preferred. Bachelor's-level candidates who present serious projects will also be considered.

Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
12 Months
Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Foreign Language Proficiency
Recommended - Intermediate

Additional Information:

English is the official national language, principal language of instruction, and the only language needed for research on most contemporary topics. However, a working knowledge of French is useful-- and, in fact, essential to conduct historical research. Creole is useful for field studies. Creole classes are available in-country for foreigners. The U.S. Embassy in Mauritius can refer grantees to a few institutions/teachers prior to their arrival.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter recommended but not required at deadline

It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with an appropriate host institution. It is strongly recommended that they identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. Candidates with an academic affiliation should contact the Dean of the Faculty at that institution to obtain clearance and/or clarification of the specific research area. While candidates may be able to take university classes, independent research should be the primary grant activity.

If seeking affiliation with the University of Mauritius, applicants should know that this institution has expressed its wish to welcome more Ph.D. candidates to support its expansion both in terms of the number of students and also of the courses offered. This is also true for other tertiary institutions, including, but not limited to: the Open University of Mauritius; the University of Technology, Mauritius; and Curtin Mauritius and Middlesex University (both are private universities).

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition not covered in grant benefits



Dependent financial support is available
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Jonathan Koehler: KoehlerJL@state.gov
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