2019 Application Cycle: February 1st 2018 – July 15th 2018
This is Fulbright
The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers Scholarships to Australian citizens across all career stages. Awardees take part in a bi-lateral academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at a U.S. institution, experiencing life in the United States of America, 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 postgraduate students undertaking their Australian PhD to conduct research in the U.S. for 8-10 months
Supports enrolment in a graduate degree program (e.g. a Master’s) for 10 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.||Fulbright Scholar Awards are for academics (at Associate Professor or 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 in any discipline.||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:
If you have previously held a J-1 visa and subsequent DS-2019, please upload it with your application. Please be aware that if clause 212e or the 24-month bar is in effect from a previous J-1, you will be unable to accept the Fulbright award, should it be offered to you, within the 24-month/212e period. Scholarships cannot be deferred until the 24-month/212e period has passed. Preference will be given to candidates who have not had previous Fulbright grants. However, recipients of a Fulbright grant are eligible to receive another Fulbright grant five years after the date of completion of the previous grant. (FSB Guidelines 725.2)
Please see our Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Previous J-1 Visas/Programs
Extra information for Postgraduate Applicants can be viewed Here
If you have previously held a J-1 visa and subsequent DS-2019, please upload it with your application. Please be aware that if clause 212e or the 24-month bar is in effect from a previous J-1, you will be unable to accept the Fulbright award, should it be offered to you, within the 24-month/212e period. Scholarships cannot be deferred until the 24-month/212e period has passed.
Preference will be given to candidates who have not had previous Fulbright grants. However, recipients of a Fulbright grant are eligible to receive another Fulbright grant five years after the date of completion of the previous grant. (FSB Guidelines 725.2)
- Prior to applying, we strongly encourage applicants to read the Eligibility & Conditions section of this applicant’s page, and the FAQs
- Applications must be completed and submitted via an online portal. Applications emailed or posted to the Commission cannot be considered.
- To discuss your application aspirations with someone in your area, please consider reaching out to our Campus Advisers.
- Download the Australian Applicant checklist to include with your application.
- Download Instructions below which outlines how to apply and includes the application link.
Click here to check your eligibility, then download the 2018-19 Student instructions to complete your application
Postdoctoral, Professional, Scholar Award and Distinguished Chair Applicants:
Click here to check your eligibility, then download the 2018-19 Scholar instructions to complete your application
|Applications Open||February 1|
|Applications Close||July 15 at 11:59pm (AEST)|
|Applications are reviewed by Selection Committees and selected applications progress to interview|
|Interviews||August – October|
|Applicants notified of outcome||December 1|
|Formal awarding of successful applicants at Gala Presentation Dinner (awardee attendance compulsory)||February/March the following year|
- Postgraduate applicants in Western Australia: 17 August 2018
- Applicants for the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australian-U.S. Alliance Studies: 4 September 2018
- Applicants for the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership: 5 September 2018
- Applicants for the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Vocational Education and Training: 6 September 2018
- All categories of applicants from the Northern Territory: 7 September 2018
- All categories of applicants from Tasmania: 10 September 2018
- Postgraduate applicants in Victoria: 11 September 2018
- Postgraduate applicants in South Australia: 13 September 2018
- Postgraduate applicants in NSW: 17 September 2018
- Postgraduate applicants in Queensland: 18 September 2018
- Scholar Award applicants: 26 September 2018
- Postdoctoral applicants: 27 September 2018
All applicants must be available for interview, either in person or via Skype dependent upon location and scheduling.
What happens to my application after submission?
Your application will be reviewed for eligibility per the checklist at the bottom of the application instructions. Eligible applications are then reviewed by discipline-based committees to decide whether your application will proceed to interview.
Who is on the interview panel?
The interview panels are composed of Australian and American experts in a variety of fields of study with a sound understanding of the Australian Fulbright Program’s ethos and goals.
Does the Fulbright Program provide any orientation for grantees before leaving for the U.S.?
Yes, an annual (late February/early March) pre-departure orientation is held in Canberra for all awardees.