Applications are closed and will reopen February 2020
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
Fulbright Interviews for Australian Applicants in 2019
Please note that interviews for 2019 applicants will take place on the following days. Applicants will be invited to attend in-person or can elect to be interviewed via video-conferencing. Please note that applicants will be informed 1-2 weeks prior to interview date if they have been successful in receiving an invitation to interview, and that these dates are subject to change.
- Applicants from Northern Territory (all categories) – 23 August
- Applicants from Queensland (postgraduate only)- 26 August
- Applicants from Adelaide (postgraduate only)- 2 September
- Applicants from Tasmania (all categories)- 3 September
- Applicants from Victoria (postgraduate only)- 4 & 5 September
- Applicants for the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership (funded by the Australian Scholarships Foundation & Perpetual Ltd.)- 16 September
- Applicants from NSW (postgraduates only)- 17 & 18 September
- Applicants from WA (postgraduates only)- 24 September
- Applicants from ACT (all categories)- 26 September
- Applicants for the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in American-Australian Alliance Studies- 27 September
- Applicants for Scholar Award in the Arts- 3 & 4 October
- Postdoctoral Applicants in the Sciences- 8 & 9 October
- Applicants for Scholar Award in the Sciences- 15 & 16 October
- Postdoctoral Applicants in the Arts- 30 & 31 October
Please note that you may be interviewed more than once, depending on which awards you elect to be considered for.
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 postgraduate students undertaking their Australian PhD to conduct research in the U.S. for 3 months up to 2 years.
Supports enrollment in a graduate degree program (e.g. a Master’s) for 3 months up to two-years.
|Fulbright Postdoctoral scholarships allow individuals to undertake postdoctoral research in the U.S. for 3-10 months, who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years or are in the last year of completion.||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 professorial level to carry out research in the United States for up to 6 months.|
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:
Please see our Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Additional information for Postgraduate Applicants can be viewed here.
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