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Grants to USA College Graduates, Professionals, and Graduate Students for International Study, Research, and Teaching Opportunities

Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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Important Dates
Conference Date: 07/20/23
Deadline: 10/10/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA college graduates, young professionals, and graduate students for international exchange programs. Applicants applying through an institution are required to submit an application by the campus-specific deadline prior to applying. Funding is intended to provide students with opportunities for research, study, and teaching in a wide range of disciplines. Program opportunities include teaching English abroad, academic and creative arts research and study, and National Geographic storytelling programs.

Types of Awards:

Open Study/Research Awards: The Fulbright Study/Research Award is the traditional award opportunity where a candidate designs a proposal for a specific country.

English Teaching Assistant Awards: The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant programs place grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classrooms.

Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships In Public Health: The Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships are offered through a partnership between the Fulbright Program and the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. These awards were established to promote the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings.

Fulbright-National Geographic Award: The Fulbright Program and the National Geographic Society are partnering to provide a unique Fulbright opportunity, the Fulbright-National Geographic Award. This Award makes available additional funding and resources to enhance the reach and impact of the Fulbright experience. Fulbright U.S. Student Program semi-finalists who express interest are eligible to apply for the Fulbright-National Geographic Award and propose additional grant funds from the National Geographic Society to expand their research and/or help bring their story to life and, if selected, join the National Geographic Explorer community.  


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility Requirements:
- Applicants must be citizens or nationals of the United States of America at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible. Please review the Ineligibility section below in relation to the eligibility of dual citizens.
- Applicants must have a conferred bachelor's degree or equivalent before the start of the grant. In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
- Applicants must meet the language requirements of the award to which they are applying and demonstrate sufficient competency to complete their project and adjust to life in the host country.
- Applicants may hold a J.D. at the time of application.
- Doctors of Medicine may receive grants for advanced academic study, but not for internships or residencies. Scholars with an M.D. degree who have completed their formal postgraduate training and propose attachment to a hospital or clinic for the purpose of independent or collaborative research should apply to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Grants shall not authorize activity for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required. The Fulbright Program cannot authorize proposals for medical research that involves clinical training, patient care or patient contact.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Strong preference for those who have not previously held a Fulbright grant. For the 2024-2025 competition, 2023-2024, 2022-2023, and 2021-2022 grantees will be at a competitive disadvantage, but are still eligible to apply, provided they continue to meet all other eligibility requirements of the program and their chosen award.
- Preference will be given to applicants whose higher education was undertaken primarily at educational institutions in the United States. Undergraduate study abroad experiences, either in the chosen host country or elsewhere, will not be considered a disadvantage.
- Candidates who have not resided or studied in the country to which they are applying for more than six months, not counting undergraduate study abroad, are preferred. Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section.
- Candidates who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States will be given preference, provided their qualifications are approximately equivalent to those of other candidates.
- For most programs, applicants who have had extensive, recent previous foreign experience in the host country are at a competitive disadvantage but are still eligible to apply.

The following are not eligible for consideration:
-For a period ending one year following the termination of such employment, association, or service:
-- For purposes of this section, the one-year period of ineligibility is calculated from the date of termination of employment, service, or association until the due date for submission of applications for program.
-- Employees of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development. This provision includes all employees, paid or unpaid (including part-time or temporary employees, consultants, externs, fellows and contract employees). This provision does not apply to interns.
-- Employees of private and public agencies (excluding educational institutions) under contract to the U.S. Department of State to perform administrative or screening services on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s exchange programs.
-- Officers of an organization, in the United States or abroad, including members of boards of trustees or similar governing bodies, or individuals otherwise associated with the organization, wherein the organization and the individuals are responsible for nominating or selecting individuals for participation in any exchange program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
-- Board members or staff of a Fulbright Commission.
-- Members of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
-- Immediate families (i.e., spouses and dependent children) of individuals described in the points above. This provision does not disqualify self-supporting children who live apart from their parents.
- Applicants who currently hold or will hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) by the national application deadline.
- Applicants seeking enrollment in a medical degree program abroad.
- Anyone who has resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the national application deadline. For the purpose of this section, a candidate who has lived outside the United States for nine months or more during a calendar year is deemed to have resided abroad for that year.
- In some cases, it may not be feasible for a dual national to participate in a Fulbright program in the country of their other nationality due to host country law or policy. Therefore, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ascertain whether they have, or are eligible to have, their host country’s nationality and to address any potential consequences thereof before they accept an award. Please refer to the country’s award description to determine the eligibility of dual nationals.
- For most grants, applicants who have had extensive previous experience abroad are at a competitive disadvantage but are not necessarily disqualified for that reason. However, following the policy of the relevant binational Fulbright Commission or the U.S. Embassy in the host country, some countries will not consider applicants who are currently residing in or will be residing in that country during the year preceding the grant. Please refer to the country’s award description to determine if residency in the host country in the year prior to the grant is allowed.

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Pre-Application Information
2024-2025 Competition Deadline: Tuesday October 10, 2023 at 5 pm Eastern Time

The Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) will set a campus application deadline for the institution’s students, which is typically 4-6 weeks earlier than the final October deadline. Please confirm the campus deadline with the FPA.

All candidates applying through a U.S. institution must submit the Fulbright application through the Fulbright online application system by the campus deadline; all supporting materials as outlined in the Application Components section, must also be included by the campus deadline date.

Candidates may not apply to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the Fulbright Scholar Program in the same competition cycle.

Candidates may not apply for more than one Fulbright U.S. Student grant in a given competition cycle.

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Contact Information
Apply Online:

To search for a Fulbright Program Adviser, see

For general application inquiries, contact

For inquiries by region and for other contact information, see

Institute Of International Education
Fulbright U.S. Student Program Division
One World Trade Center, 36th Floor
New York, NY 10007

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