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This is Fulbright.

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers Scholarships to American citizens across all career stages. Awardees take part in a bi-lateral academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at an Australian institution, experiencing life in Australia, and bringing back their knowledge and experience to share with their communities in the U.S.

A Fulbright Award is more than a Scholarship – it is, in the words of Senator Fulbright, a means of fostering “leadership, learning, and empathy between cultures… It is a modest program with an immodest aim–the achievement in international affairs of a regime more civilized, rational and humane than the empty system of power of the past.”

Please visit the IIE website for queries regarding Postgraduate Scholarships or the CIES website for all other Scholarship categories.

How do I apply?

Am I eligible?

To qualify for a Fulbright scholarship through the Australian Fulbright program, you must:

  • Be an American citizen (by birth or naturalisation)
  • Not hold dual US-Australian citizenship OR Australian permanent residency
  • Be resident in the U.S. at the time of application – the only exceptions to this rule are for men and women serving overseas in the Armed Forces, or for American diplomats posted overseas.
  • Be prepared to commence your program the following Australian academic year e.g. apply in 2017 to start in January/ February 2019)
  • Not already hold another scholarship for the period / project you plan to undertake on your Fulbright program (this may exclude for tuition fees)
  • Have obtained an invitation letter from the proposed host (which is to be included in your application)

Which Fulbright is right for me?

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers scholarship opportunities to American citizens across various academic and career stages. Click on the links below to access information for each category, including opportunities available, eligibility, timelines for applications, the selection process and how to apply.

Distinguished Chair Scholarships

Senior Scholarships

Postdoctoral Scholarships

Postgraduate Scholarships

For leading U.S. academics (associate or full professor) to undertake research at the sponsoring Australian institution.

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For senior level academics (at associate professor or full professor level) and appropriately qualified professionals to undertake research at an Australian institution.

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For researchers who have completed their PhD in the past two to three years to undertake postdoctoral research at an Australian institution.

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For postgraduate students undertaking their PhD to conduct research and/or study in Australia; or to support enrolment in an Australian postgraduate program.

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What does a Fulbrighter look like?

American Fulbright Scholarship recipients are selected by panels of experts chosen from academia, government, professional organisations and the US Embassy. To be competitive, you will have the following attributes:

High academic and professional merit
Fulbrighters have a record of high achievement in their chosen field, including academic records, professional standing and recognition, publications, exhibitions, performances, public lectures, or presentations.

Strong program proposal
Successful applicants propose a program that is feasible in the time period put forward (see individual categories for program duration) and relevant / beneficial to their chosen field, both in Australia and the United States. Proposals should identify:

  • An educational component of study and/or research;
  • Definitive goals to be achieved as part of the proposed research, and the unique role of the United States and its institutions in achieving these goals;
  • The relevance and value of the proposed program in furthering mutual understanding and institutional partnerships / collaboration between the United States and Australia;
  • A definitive plan and goals to achieve the proposed research.

Defined potential outcomes
Further to the above, the proposed program proposal should:

  • Define the potential benefits to the applicant’s institution, profession, employer and/or industry;
  • Outline how results and/or outcomes will be disseminated;
  • Outline the long-term linkages and collaborations that may be established at a personal, industry, academic and professional level.

Successful Fulbright applicants are open-minded and throughout the selection process will have demonstrated their willingness to adjust to life Australia.

Ambassadorial skills
The Fulbright program is unique in its exchange nature and ambassadorial emphasis – Fulbrighters are chosen on their perceived ability to promote mutual understanding between Australia and the United States. Successful candidates also demonstrate their willingness to share their knowledge on return, and to productively build ongoing partnerships and linkages.

Terms and Conditions

General Award Terms and Conditions

  • Recipients must be in Australia to attend the Fulbright Orientation Program and Gala Presentation Dinner, which runs February/ March of their scholarship year
  • Recipients will be required to undertake a full medical examination before applying for their visa;
  • International travel will only be funded between the U.S. and Australia and must be on either an American or Australian carrier;
  • Recipients must provide Fulbright Australia with electronic copies of any articles, research papers or theses resulting from the award. A final report must also be completed before recipients depart Australia.
  • Recipients should hold any additional scholarships/grants during their Fulbright period, but may continue to receive their regular salary. Recipients of additional grants should contact the Commission.
  • Travel outside of Australia during the scholarship period must be approved by the Fulbright Commission and should not exceed 14 days – this includes for conferences.
  • Recipients must return to the U.S. following their scholarship period
  • Recipients cannot receive remuneration for any activities whilst undertaking their program and should not teach intensive seminars or coursework.

Who receives a Fulbright?

Take a look at our current and past recipients to get a feel for Fulbright-worthy people and their projects.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)