Fulbright Professional Scholarship In Australia-U.S. Alliance Studies

Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

This Fulbright Scholarship 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.

The Scholarship is open to Australian citizens who are junior/middle level academics, and professionals from public and private fields to teach and or conduct seminars, as well as research contemporary aspects of the Australian - United States alliance (defence/security) and broader bilateral relationship (trade/economics/politics) of interest to both alliance partners.

The recipient of the Scholarship would preferably be affiliated with Georgetown University's Centre for Australian and New Zealand Studies in Washington, D.C. and the Edward A Clark Centre for Australian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin during the Scholarship (time frame subject to negotiation).

It is a condition of the Scholarship that the recipient produces a tangible contribution to contemporary debate in his or her area of specialty in the format of a report, which can be used by DFAT, and/or published with an appropriate accreditation. In accordance with the Fulbright Program's aim of promoting mutual understanding between Australia and the U.S., the recipient will also have the opportunity to participate in activities organised by Georgetown University, the University of Texas at Austin, the Australian Embassy, the Fulbright program and the Washington political and intellectual communities.

This Scholarship is for 3 to 4 months duration. Programs of longer duration may be proposed but financial support will be limited to the 4 months.

Fulbright Scholarships Include:

  • Living & travel 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 AUD 100,000 (for the Scholar only).

In 2010, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Steven Smith MP, announced a one-off Anniversary Alliance Scholarship to commemorate significant milestones in Australia’s bilateral relationship with the United States celebrated in 2010, namely: the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Australian American Fulbright Commission and the 25th anniversary of the Australia-US Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN). This special Anniversary Alliance Scholarship aims to contribute in a practical way to contemporary Australian scholarship on the Alliance and issues of relevance to it. This Scholarship was presented in 2011 to Mr Fergus Hanson.

For more information, read the stories of previous Fulbright Professional Scholars:


For general information and applications please refer to the Professional Scholarship and Completing an Application information pages.

For further information on DFAT please refer to the DFAT web site.