Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships are available to Australian citizens to engage in 8 - 10 months of research relevant to an Australian PhD; or undertake an approved course of study in an American higher degree. These scholarships are aimed at current PhD students, honours students, or honours graduates who are considering postgraduate study in the U.S.
Applications for the 2014 Fulbright Australian Scholarships are now closed and will open in May 2014.
The Commission offers up to twelve (12) Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships annually. These include:
Fulbright General Scholarships
Fulbright general scholarships are open to applicants from all academic fields of study.
Fulbright Sponsored Scholarships
The following scholarship is open to applicants in all fields of study, however have specific eligibility requirements. Click on the link for more details.
- Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship sponsored by the Department Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
Fulbright State and Territory Scholarships
Fulbright State and Territory Scholarships support study or research related to a topic or issue of importance to that state or territory.
- New South Wales Scholarship is supported by the NSW Government and NSW universities
- Northern Territory Scholarship is supported by the NT Government, Charles Darwin University and corporate sponsor, Blackboard.
- Queensland Scholarship established by the QLD government and all QLD based universities
- South Australia Scholarship is supported by the South Australian Government and South Australian based universities.
- Tasmania Scholarship sponsored by the Tasmanian Government and the University of Tasmania
- Victoria Scholarship established by the Victorian government and Victorian based universities
- Western Australia Scholarship established by the WA government, WA based universities, companies and individual donors
Applicants who apply for a Fulbright sponsored scholarship are also automatically considered for a Fulbright General Scholarship. Note: Conditions apply.
Current Australian Postgraduate Scholarship holders are encouraged to apply. Government guidelines related to Australian Postgraduate Scholarships changed in 2005 to encourage international research experiences related to Australian postgraduate studies through scholarships, such as Fulbright.
Postgraduate Scholarship Benefits
This Scholarship is valued up to AUD$40,000 and includes:
- Living, travel & establishment allowances
- National Orientation Program and a Fulbright Presentation Dinner
- Enrichment Seminars in the United States with international Fulbright Scholars
- Distinguished professional network with U.S. and Australian Fulbright Alumni Associations
- A support agency in the U.S. that assists with visas, events, and networks
- Media and publicity support
- ASPE medical insurance of up to A$100,000 (for the Scholar only)
Note: The cost of obtaining a postgraduate degree from a U.S. university can be as much as USD 40,000 per year. For this reason, applicants should investigate additional funding sources from their universities along with private and government sources to cover tuition fees as the Fulbright Scholarship will only cover living and travel expenses.
- Fulbright Postgraduate Scholars must spend 8-10 months in the U.S., the majority of time should be at their host institution.
- Fulbright funding is for a maximum of 10 months only but will be reduced for shorter programs. Applicants must demonstrate they have sufficient additional funds to support themselves and any dependants during their stay in the U.S. If enrolling they must have funds available or to seek a tentative waiver.
- Fulbright scholarships support up to 10 months. Applicants are able to extend their stay but without funding from the Fulbright Commission.
For further information
To assist in identifying a suitable U.S. educational institution, contact your local U.S. Educational Advisor in Australia.
For general information on how to apply and applications please refer to Application Information.