Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

Eligibility & Application

Program Eligibility Details

In the 49 countries with a Fulbright Commission, applicants must meet citizenship requirements as defined by the binational agreement. In countries where the program is administered by the U.S. Embassy, applicants must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid passport issued by that country.

Applicants cannot hold citizenship in a partner country and U.S. citizenship/permanent residency.

See contact information on the participating country pages for specific eligibility requirements and limits on numbers of awards.

Language Requirements

Fulbright candidates must meet the language requirements necessary for their proposed study, research or teaching assignment and adjustment to life in the host country. Fulbright candidates to the U.S. may be required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with their application.

Program Application Details

Application details and grant terms for the Fulbright Program vary 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.

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 competition for Fulbright Program grants is merit-based. Candidates are selected based on a variety of factors, that may include (but are not limited to):

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

Fulbright operates on a yearly application cycle, which generally (but not in all cases) opens approximately 15 months before the anticipated start of the grant with a deadline approximately 11 or 12 months before the grant's start date.

Because a variety of cooperating agencies, binational Commissions and U.S. Embassies administer the Fulbright Program in the participating countries, this site neither provides nor accepts applications directly.

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