2022 applications are now open
This is Fulbright
The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers scholarships to Australian citizens across all career stages. Awardees take part in an academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at a U.S. institution, experiencing life abroad and bringing back their knowledge and experience to share with their communities in Australia.
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 civilised, rational and humane than the empty system of power of the past.”
Australian Fulbright Scholarship recipients are interviewed and selected by panels of experts from academia, government, professional organisations and the U.S. Embassy. The panels are looking for the following attributes:
High academic and professional merit Strong program proposal Defined potential outcomes Ambassadorial skills
Fulbrighters have a record of high achievement in their chosen field, showcased through academic records, professional standing and recognition, as well as a through publications, exhibitions, performances, public lectures, or presentations.
Successful applicants propose a program that is feasible within the allocated time and is relevant / beneficial to their chosen field. Program proposals should identify:
Further to the above, the proposed program proposal should:
The Fulbright program is unique in its exchange nature and ambassadorial emphasis – Fulbrighters are chosen on their 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.
High academic and professional merit
Strong program proposal
Defined potential outcomes
Which Fulbright is right for me?
The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers scholarship opportunities to Australian citizens across various academic and career stages. Click on the links below to access information for each category (including opportunities available);
|Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships allow current postgraduate students undertaking their Australian PhD to conduct research in the U.S. for 4 months up to 10 month OR supports enrolment in a graduate degree program (dependent on award)||Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarships allow individuals who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years or who will have their PhD conferral before the proposed date of departure to undertake postdoctoral research in the U.S. for 3 – 10 months.||Fulbright Scholar Awards are for academics (at Associate or Full Professorial level) and mid-career professionals (with an undergraduate qualification and minimum 10 years work experience) to undertake research and/or training in the United States for 3 – 4 months.||The Fulbright Distinguished Chair award is for an exceptional individual at Full Professorial level to carry out research in the United States for up to 6 months.|
- Applications are open from January to July each year.
- Selected Postgraduate applicants will be invited for interviews on a rolling basis throughout August and September.
- Selected Postdoctoral, Professional, and Scholar applicants will be invited for interviews on a rolling basis throughout October and November.
- All applicants will receive notification of their application outcome by the end of the year
- Fulbright Scholarships are to be commenced in the U.S. academic year (August through May) following application and selection. Scholarships cannot be deferred.
Eligibility and Conditions
To qualify for a Fulbright scholarship through the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, you must meet and/or be aware of the following requirements:
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