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Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a program under the parent Fulbright Scholarship Program. It allows graduate students, young professionals, and artists from abroad to research and study in the United States for one year or longer at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions.

This is aimed at students who are not American citizens or residents.

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Such programs are usually between 6 months to a year. Where it is longer, the applicant bears the financial burden for the rest of the period in question.

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Eligibility and Application

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.

Application details and grant terms for the Program vary by country of citizenship and program and potential applicants should consult individual country pages of the grant for program availability and contact information or see the list of current programs to participate in the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

Public applications are also accepted.

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Fulbright Foreign Student Eligibility

Applicants to the Fulbright Foreign Student Program cannot hold citizenship in a partner country and U.S. citizenship/permanent residency. Note that 49 countries have a Fulbright Commission and applicants must meet citizenship requirements as defined by the binational agreement guiding the countries in the program. In countries where the program is administered by the U.S. Embassy, the applicant must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport issued by that country.

Fulbright Foreign Student Application

The Fulbright Program’s application process is lengthy and rigorous, and prospective applicants are encouraged to consider carefully their intentions, goals, future plans, and prospective projects before applying for a Fulbright grant. The terms of the grant and Application details for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program differ by country of citizenship and program.  Potential applicants should consult individual country pages for program availability and contact information or see a list of current programs at the end of the post.

The grants given by Fulbright Program are all merit-based and candidates are selected based on a combination of factors, they include (but are not limited to):

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  • academic qualifications,
  • personal leadership ability
  • project feasibility,
  • available grant funds

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program receives applications on a yearly basis, and generally (but not in all cases) opens up its applications about 15 months before the scheduled start of the grant.

A deadline is set approximately 11 or 12 months before the start date of the grant.

Also, note; a variety of binational Commissions, cooperating agencies, and U.S. Embassies oversee the Fulbright Program in the participating countries, this page does not provide nor accept applications directly.

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