Australian Applicants


Welcome to the page for Australian Applicants

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Please take the time to read and review all information carefully including eligibility, selection criteria, timeline, FAQs, and most importantly the application form itself and its guidelines. This will enable you to submit a strong application.

Please note that while the application forms are generic (they go across 160 countries), the guidelines provided in the downloadable pdf are specific to Australia so please follow these directions carefully.

Before contacting the Australian Fulbright Commission it is very important that you carefully read the FAQs. If the FAQs do not answer your question then email is the most efficient way to contact us in the first instance.

Key Criteria for applicants

  • Must be an Australian citizen
  • Cannot hold dual US-Australian citizenship
  • May be eligible to apply for more than one scholarship
  • Apply in 2016 for the 2017 round – successful applicants must undertake program between 1st July 2017 and 30th June 2018
  • Successful applicants must travel to the US on a J-1 visa. Please be aware that strict residency constraints apply, including a two year home residency requirement upon return to Australia

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers Scholarships to Australian citizens across all career stages.

Click on the link below to access information for each category, including opportunities available, eligibility, timelines for applications, the selection process and how to apply.

  • Postgraduate Scholarships -  For postgraduate students undertaking their Australian PhD to conduct research and/or study in the U.S.; or to support enrolment in a U.S. postgraduate program such as a Masters. Includes the prestigious Fulbright-Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy.
  • Postdoctoral Scholarships - For researchers who have completed their PhD within the past three years (up to five years under extenuating circumstances) to undertake postdoctoral research in the U.S.
  • Professional Scholarships - For mid-career professionals in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to undertake training or research programs in the U.S.  Also open to academics whose primary research has industry or professional links.
  • Senior Scholarships - For senior level academics (at Associate Professor or full Professor level) to undertake research at a U.S. institution.
  • Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences - Sponsored by Kansas State University - For Senior Level academics at the level of full Professor to work with Kansas State University faculty in priority research areas, leading to ongoing collaborative partnerships between the U.S. and Australia. A public lecture series forms part of this program.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Postgraduate Timeline

Postdoctoral, Professional, Senior Scholars and Distinguished Chairs Timeline