Course(s) Offered: Approved fields
Course Level: Postgraduate (masters, PhD, non-degree)
Provider: USA Government
Country to Study in: USA
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States.
The scholarships are for study towards a Master’s or PhD degree, and can also be awarded for non-degree postgraduate studies. Study and research under this program is for one or more years at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is administered by binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassies. All Foreign Student Program applications are processed by these offices. Applications for the 2016 Fulbright Foreign Student Program has commenced.
To participate in the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, the applicant must have completed undergraduate education and hold a degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.
Program eligibility and selection procedures vary widely by country. Please use the drop-down menu located on the country specific websites to find information about the Fulbright Program in your home country, including eligibility requirements and application guidelines.
If your country is not listed there, you are not eligible to apply.
Citizens of more than 155 countries worldwide, including countries in Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, The Americas, and South and Central Asia.
Here is a list of participating countries, along with contact information.
All accredited USA Universities and Academic Institutions.
Note that the Institute of International Education (IIE) arranges academic placement for most Fulbright nominees and supervises participants during their stay in the United States.
Field(s) of study
The Fulbright program encourages applications from all fields, including interdisciplinary ones except medical degree program or clinical medical research.
See the ‘country-specific websites’ for updated information on approved fields of study.
Number of awards
The number of awards vary per country, but approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year.
The whole duration of the study, research or non-degree program – usually one year or more
The Fulbright program provides funding for the duration of the study. The grant funds tuition, textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance. See the official website for the exact scholarship benefits.
Method of Application
All applications to the Foreign Student Program are processed by bi-national Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassies. Therefore, foreign students must apply through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for detailed information on Program eligibility and selection procedures for your own country and also on how to apply for this scholarship.
The application deadline varies per country, however on a general note, it is usually around February to May annually of the preceding year you wish to study.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”
The Fulbright Program, including the Fulbright-Hays Program, is a program of highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946.
Under the Fulbright Program, competitively selected U.S. citizens may become eligible for scholarships to study, conduct research, or exercise their talents abroad and citizens of other countries may qualify to do the same in the United States.
The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, operating in over 155 countries. Forty-five Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes; seventy-eight have won Pulitzer Prizes.
The program was established to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.
All scholarship/financial inquiries should be made to your local embassy or Fulbright Commission. For more information, see your country-specific website.
Application Deadline: February – May 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes