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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, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, 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.

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 CIES.

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 or Student Program.

South Africa

Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
Flexible Start
Award Profile

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

Grant Period
Flexible Start

9 Months

Fulbright grants start between August 2022 and March 2023, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria.

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 2022.

Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

Additional Information: Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider whether a language other than English will be necessary for the successful completion of their projects.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research: Yes
Graduate Degree Enrollment: No
Letter recommended at deadline

Applicants should identify an educational institution, research facility, or other appropriate institution for their projects. They are strongly encouraged to include affiliation letters and/or research clearance letters with their applications. Affiliation is possible at any of the 26 universities in South Africa. Affiliation with other public or private institutions will also be considered. Applicants are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy’s Fulbright Office if they have questions at

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Tuition not covered in grant benefits

Dual citizens of this country are eligible

Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant

Specific Considerations

The U.S. Embassy in South Africa supports a balanced countrywide distribution of grants. Priority consideration will therefore be given to proposals involving affiliation with previously disadvantaged host institutions and to those seeking affiliations beyond heavily-subscribed institutions, dependent on the field of study. Institutions in the Western Cape Province are often heavily subscribed, so applying for opportunities in the more rural provinces may make an application more competitive.

Dependent support is available
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website