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.

2018 Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors

The Fulbright U.S. Student Alumni Ambassador Program was established in 2008 to identify, train and engage a select group of approximately 15 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni each year to serve as representatives, recruiters and spokespersons for the Fulbright Program. They are selected annually through recommendations from Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassy staff, area managers, the Fulbright Student Program Outreach Division and are approved by the sponsor of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors come from an array of different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, states, fields of study, institutions; they have participated in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program in all world areas.

Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors represent the program's rich diversity and play a key role in increasing knowledge about Fulbright opportunities. They provide testimonials about their Fulbright experiences at conferences and campus presentations and offer application tips in written articles, video and podcast interviews, webinars and at special events throughout the United States. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program relies on the Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors to mentor potential applicants, sharing what a Fulbright grant is really like, along with how to address the challenges of living abroad successfully and how best to meet the Fulbright Program's ultimate goal—to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries.

Paul Adolphsen

Fulbright U.S. Student in Theater Directing
South Africa, 2015-2016

Michael Auten

Fulbright U.S. Student in Economics
Ukraine, 2016-2017

Erika Boeing

Fulbright U.S. Student in Energy
The Netherlands, 2014-2015

George Bogden

Fulbright U.S. Student in Public Policy
Kosovo, 2015-2016

Cheyenne Boyce

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
Malaysia, 2014-2015

Rachel E. Brooks

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
South Korea, 2014-2016

Ryan Fan

Fulbright U.S.Student in Linguistics Morocco, 2016-2017

Joshua Frank

Fulbright English Teaching
Malaysia, 2016-2017

Jonathan Freeman

Fulbright U.S. Student in History
South Africa, 2016-2017

Emily Gerdin

Fulbright U.S. Student in Psychology
Israel, 2014-2015

David Hamburger

Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistant
India, 2016-2017

Jeri Katherine Howell

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant
Costa Rica, 2016-2017

Christine Keung

Fulbright U.S. Student in Environmental Studies
China, 2014-2015

Maria LaBouyer

Fulbright U.S. Student in Medicine Sciences
United Kingdom, 2015-2016

Kevin McLean

Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow
Malaysia and Ecuador, 2016-2017

Garrett Nagaishi

Fulbright U.S. Student in History
United Kingdom, 2015-2016

Katharina-Victoria Perez-Hammerle

Fulbright U.S. Student in Environmental Studies
Chile, 2016-2017

Rachel Rettaliata

Fulbright U.S. Student in History
Moldova, 2016-2017

Vince Redhouse

Fulbright U.S. Student in Philosophy
Australia, 2015-2016

Valencia Richardson

Fulbright U.S. Student in Political Science
Mexico, 2016-2017