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.

2020 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 20 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni each year to serve as representatives, recruiters and voices 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 assist 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.

Each Alumni Ambassador has an email contact. Reach out by finding their emails in the bios below.

Ashleigh Brown-Grier

Fulbright U.S. Student English Teaching Assistant Malaysia, 2016-2017

Ashley McGuigan 

Fulbright U.S. Student in Botany
Fiji, 2016-2017 

Fernando Xavier Abarca 

Fulbright U.S. Student in Economic Development  
El Salvador, 2018-2019 

Geetha Somayajula 

Fulbright U.S. Student in Conducting 
India, 2018-2019 

Gerti Wilson  

Fulbright U.S. Student in Law  
Kenya, 2018-2019  

Harrison Meyer 

Fulbright U.S. Student in Environmental Science  
United Arab Emirates, 2017-2018 

Isra Hussain 

Fulbright U.S. Combined Research Fellow in Sociology 
Austria, 2018-2019 

James L. Anderson 

Fulbright U.S. Student in International Relations 
Canada, 2018-2019   

Jedd Sankar-Gorton 

Fulbright U.S. Student in Geography 
Slovenia, 2018-2019 

Jenné Nurse    

Fulbright U.S. Student English Teaching Assistant    South Africa, 2018-2019  

Jonathan Capps 

Fulbright U.S. Student in Design & Glass 
Finland, 2018-2019   

Katie Thornton 

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow 
England and Singapore, 2018-2019 

Lindsey Liles 

Fulbright U.S. Student English Teaching Assistant  
Brazil, 2018-2019 

Maren A. Lujan 

Fulbright U.S. Student in Anthropology 
Sierra Leone, 2017-2018  

Nicholas Huang 

Fulbright U.S. Student English Teaching Assistant 
Macau, 2018-2019 

Olivia Coffman 

Fulbright U.S. Student English Teaching Assistant 
Sri Lanka, 2018-2019 

Olugbenga Joseph 

Fulbright U.S. Student English Teaching Assistant 
Spain, 2017-2018 

Abraham M. De La Rosa

Fulbright U.S. Student in Public Administration 
Italy, 2018-2019

Tania Aparicio

Fulbright U.S. Student in Sociology and Film
Mexico, 2018-2019