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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.


9 Fulbright Canada Graduate Studies Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
Fall Start
Grant Length
9 Months
Award Type
Open Study/Research
Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants
  • Yes
Award Profile

Fulbright Canada awards offer a unique opportunity for American students to enroll in graduate level programs that explore a wide range of scholarly issues, including important contemporary issues that are relevant to Canada, the United States, and to the relationship between our two countries.

The competition is officially open to all fields and Fulbright Canada is especially keen to support students in the areas of:

  • Arctic studies
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Economics, business, and finance
  • Canadian-American relations
  • Energy and environmental studies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Indigenous studies
  • Law, public policy, and political science
  • Public health
  • Pure and applied sciences
  • Shared priorities of our two governments (please refer to Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership)

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


Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
Fall Start

Grants typically coincide with the academic year (September to May).

In-Country Orientation

Fall Orientation is an annual event which brings the new cohort of U.S. Fulbright Students and Fulbright Scholars to Canada together for a program of professional and personal development in Canada’s national capital, Ottawa, Ontario.

Candidate Profile

American applicants who plan to enroll in a graduate level program (Master’s or Ph.D.) at a university in Canada.

Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
3 Months

Bachelor’s degree must be conferred prior to taking up grant.
Applicants who will have received a Ph.D. by December 31, 2023, should apply to the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Special Application Instructions

Fulbright Canada is not involved in university admissions. Candidates must apply directly for acceptance to their Canadian graduate program and are recommended to do this coincident with their application for a Fulbright award.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

If enrolling at a francophone institution, French language ability commensurate with the requirements of the institution.  Foreign Language Evaluation should be by a college level French language instructor.  For further information, please contact Fulbright Canada (info@fulbright.ca) directly.

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

Affiliation may be with any accredited university in Canada.    

Official government of Canada website for international students looking to study or research in Canada: www.educanada.ca 
To search for Canadian universities and academic programs, please visit: 

Applicants are encouraged to have a fallback position. For more information, refer to the guidelines in the application.

Finalists must provide a letter of acceptance to the degree program prior to Fulbright grant start.

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

US$25,000 fixed sum for one nine-month academic year (September to May). The award is meant to help offset tuition, fees, cost of living, and related expenses.

This grant will help support your first year of studies.  Note it is not renewable.

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.

Dependent financial support is NOT available
Housing Arrangements

Grantees are responsible for making their own housing arrangements and are encouraged to contact their host institution’s office for international students for assistance in securing housing. Many Canadian universities have off-campus housing services for students.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Special Opportunities

Fulbright/John R. Oishei AwardThis 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.

Enrichment Opportunities: An integral part of the program includes Fulbright Canada enrichment opportunities, which are available to Fulbright Canada alumni on a competitive basis.  Of note is the Mobility Program, which includes Fall Orientation in the nation's capital, and the Professional Development Program which encourages travel to a different city or region of Canada during your residential exchange.  Other opportunities, such as the Community Action Program and the Community Leadership Program are also available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Fulbright Canada Program Officer, Outreach: info@fulbright.ca