The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is committed to achieving its mission and vision through the continued development of productive and effective partnerships.  As a bi-national organisation which promotes educational and cultural exchange and excellence through the Fulbright Program, we recognise the importance of strategic engagement and the ongoing management of our partnerships.  We are committed to:

  • Identifying partners who strongly support educational investment through bi-national educational and cultural exchange between Australia and the U.S;
  • Ensuring the support provided by partners effectively integrates and aligns with the partner’s goal;
  • Supporting knowledge translation and the value-added proposition of all partners through productive engagement of our key stakeholders.

Through purposive Fulbright partnerships the Commission will broaden its engagement across academia, Government, industry, and Alumni both in Australia and the U.S. The impact of these partnerships will add value to the Commission and the Partner leading to greater benefits across Australia and the U.S.

To discuss partnership engagement with the Commission, please contact

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From little things big things grow!

Donations do not have to be large to make a big difference to the Fulbright Program. Over the past 15 years Australian Alumni through small annual donations of $25 and above have established the distinguished Fulbright Australian Alumni (WG Walker) Fund and Scholarship, which goes to the highest ranked Australian Postgraduate Scholar. This fund is now valued at over $400,000 and in five years time will fully support this scholarship in perpetuity.

U.S. Alumni have recently established a similar fund and scholarship for Americans to Australia.

Through these donations we can help ensure more talented Australian and Americans have access to a unique Fulbright experience.

Scholarship Funds

A wide range of Fulbright Scholarship Funds have now been established. Donations are used at the sole discretion of the Fulbright Commission, however you can indicate your preference to a specific Fund. These currently include:

Alumni Funds

The Fulbright Alumni Scholarships support two additional Fulbright Scholarships for an Australian postgraduate to study in the U.S. and an American postgraduate to study in Australia. The scholarships are a positive way for Fulbright alumni to contribute and provide the Fulbright experience for future talented young Australians and Americans. The Australian and U.S. alumni established the separate alumni awards through annual donations.

The Fulbright Alumni Scholarships are the most distinguished Fulbright Scholarships granted by the Commission. The Alumni Scholarship goes to the top ranked Australian and American Fulbright Postgraduate applicants.

To make a tax-deductible donation in Australia or the United States please use the following forms:

Thank you for your generosity!

For more information or enquiries, please contact:

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Leaving a lasting legacy through a bequest is a positive way to ensure the Fulbright experience is available for future generations of Australians and Americans.

If you have any questions regarding a bequest to the Fulbright Commission, or would like to discuss ways in which your bequest might best assist the Fulbright Program, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

If you have already made your bequest to the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, may we take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity in supporting the future generations of Fulbright Scholars.


Sponsors of specific scholarships

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The primary funding for the Fulbright Program in Australia is provided by the Australian and United States governments. This core funding is supplemented by the generous support of a select group of sponsors and supporters including companies, universities, foundations, state governments and government agencies.

If you are interested in supporting the Fulbright Program see Sponsorships/Donations page.


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The Fulbright Climate Change and Clean Energy Scholarships were established by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Julia Gillard and U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton in November 2010 to increase bi-national collaboration on responding to climate change.


The Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Vocational Education and Training sponsored by the Department of Education and Training. This scholarship supports employees within the vocational education and training sector or training leaders in business and industry. It is also for staff within universities that teach in the TAFE sector of a university, but not for university academics that study VET as an academic discipline.



The Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship sponsored by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. This scholarship was originally established in 1993 with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and has supported Indigenous Australian Postgraduates to undertake research and study in a wide range of fields including visual arts, business, public health, law, education and history.


The Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australia-US Alliance Studies sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was established in 2001 by the Australian Government as a contribution to Australia's ANZUS 50th Anniversary commemorations. The Scholarship aims to contribute in a practical way to contemporary Australian scholarship on the Australia-U.S. alliance relationship.


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The Fulbright Professional or Senior Scholarship in Nuclear Science and Technology is sponsored by ANSTO, for Australian citizens wishing to carry out research or study in the United States of America in the field of nuclear science or technology.


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The Fulbright CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship was established from 2009. The Fulbright CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship provides the opportunity for American citizens to undertake 8-10 months postgraduate research with Australia’s leading and largest science research organisation, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation).


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The Fulbright Flinders Distinguished Chair in American Political Science sponsored by Flinders University is for a leading U.S. professor to conduct collaborative research at the host institution along with guest lectures at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate levels.






Fulbright NSW Scholarship

The NSW Scholarship was announced in March 2009, and is supported by the NSW Government and NSW universities, with further support to be raised from companies and individuals.


Fulbright Northern Territory Scholarship

The Fulbright Northern Territory Scholarship is funded jointly by the Northern Territory Government, Charles Darwin University (CDU) and a corporate sponsor, Blackboard Asia Pacific.


Fulbright Queensland Scholarship

The Fulbright Queensland Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 by contributions from the Queensland Government and the eight Queensland universities.


Fulbright South Australia Scholarship

The Fulbright South Australia Scholarship is supported by the South Australian Government and South Australian based universities.


Fulbright Tasmania Scholarship

The Fulbright Tasmania Scholarship co-sponsored by the Tasmania Government and the University of Tasmania, was established in 2006. The Fulbright Tasmania Scholarship was the first state-sponsored Fulbright Scholarship.


Fulbright Victoria Scholarship

The Fulbright Victoria Scholarship Fund was established in 2008 by contributions from the Victorian Government and all Victorian universities.


Fulbright Western Australia Scholarship

The Fulbright Western Australia Scholarship Fund has been established by the WA government, WA based universities and companies, individuals and foundations.



Fulbright Australian Alumni (WG Walker) Scholarship

The Australian Alumni (WG Walker) Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 through generous contributions from Australian Fulbright Alumni to annually support a scholarship for the highest ranked Australian Fulbright Postgraduate.


Fulbright U.S. Alumni Scholarship

The U.S. Alumni Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 through generous contributions from U.S. Fulbright Alumni and a scholarship is awarded annually to the highest ranked U.S. Fulbright Postgraduate.



Fulbright Coral Sea Scholarship

The Coral Sea Scholarship Fund was originally established in 1992 by U.S. Ambassador Mel Sembler and U.S. companies to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. This fund, managed by the Fulbright Commission, supports a Fulbright Professional Coral Sea (Business/Industry) Scholarship focusing on an issue of relevance to both Australia and the United States.


Fulbright Gregory Schwartz Enrichment Grants In 2006 Claire and Steven Schwartz established the Fulbright Gregory Schwartz Enrichment Grants in memory of their son Gregory Schwartz who had a love of history and a strong interest in the United States. The grants are aimed at assisting Australian Fulbright Postgraduate Scholars enrich their experience in the U.S. through attendance at a conference; exhibition of their art work; presentation of their professional work; and/or visiting other research institutions.


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The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) partnered with the Commission in 2011 to bring an eminent U.S. scientist to Australia for up to five months to expand opportunities of engagement in a priority area for DSTO, through the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced Science and Technology.



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The Origin Foundation and the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) partnered with the Commission in November 2011 to provide Australians working in the charitable Not-For Profit sector the opportunity to undertake research or professional development for three to four months in the U.S. through the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership.
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Kansas State University has sponsored two scholarships for Australians from 2014. Kansas State University Distinguished Chair for an exceptional Australian Scholar to carry out research at Kansas State University in the United States of America. Fulbright Senior Scholar Sponsored by Kansas State University is for academics (generally at Associate Professor or Professorial level), government scientists or other key researchers to undertake a collaborative project at Kansas State University in the U.S. Successful applicants will work with a tenured or tenure-track colleague at K-State on a significant collaborative short-term research program in any academic discipline.


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The new Fulbright Professional Playwriting Scholarship was launched in June by the Australian-American Fulbright Commission and Australian arts organization, Inscription. It is supported by Copyright Agency Ltd, The Australia Council Literature Board and the Friends of Inscription.