Fulbright Future Scholarships – Postgraduate

For Postgraduate students seeking to:

  • Undertake a full U.S. Master’s degree (up to 2 years)
  • Conduct research towards an Australian PhD program (4 – 10 months)
  • Complete a full U.S. PhD program (up to 5 years)

Who can apply?

Fulbright Future Scholarships are open to applications for Australian candidates who satisfy the following criteria.


  • Can apply as postgraduate students who seek to complete a full U.S. Master’s degree or PhD
  • Can apply as PhD researchers who seek to complete a period of research in the U.S. as part of their Australian PhD
  • Must have an undergraduate qualification
  • Should aim to create, contribute to, or otherwise enhance Australian-American bilateral research collaborations
  • Must include an additional statement separate from their project statement (maximum of one page) that outlines the potential impact of their proposed program on the lives, health, livelihoods or prosperity of Australians
  • All applicants seeking to conduct research towards an Australian PhD program (4 – 10 months) are required to include a letter of invitation from their proposed (maximum one) institution with their application (not required for postgraduate students seeking to complete a U.S. Master’s or PhD program)

Please see the APPLICANT INFORMATION page for general information regarding Fulbright qualities, eligibility requirements, award conditions, interview processes and our  FAQ PAGE for answers to commonly asked questions.

Postgraduate applicants should additionally download the POSTGRADUATE INFORMATION ATTACHMENT for postgraduate-specific information.

What disciplines are supported by the Fulbright Future Scholarships?

  • Health Sciences excluding Psychiatry, Dentistry, General Practice, Psychology, and Fitness
  • Natural Sciences
    • Earth Science
    • Life Science
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Formal Sciences
    • Computer Science
    • Statistics, including Artificial Intelligence, Biostatistics, and Statistical Modelling
    • Systems Science
  • Professions and Applied Sciences
    • Agriculture excluding Animal Husbandry, Beekeeping, Agrology, Entomology, Enology
    • Engineering
    • Mining

Please note the following disciplines are not supported: Public Health, Public Policy, Law, and Business.

What is considered ‘Impact’?

To qualify for the Future Scholarships program, applicants should highlight the potential impact of their proposed research/ study in their additional statement separate from their project statement.

Impact may be defined as:

  • Significant advancement of new technologies, techniques, or other novel research with potential for practical outcomes
  • Tangible effect, benefit, or outcome for Australian society
  • Creation of enduring bilateral commercial or research partnerships with potential for significant growth
  • Novel approaches to medical treatment or rehabilitation
  • Potential for job, business, and/or industry creation

Benefits include:

  • Monthly stipend based on the cost of living in the city of the host institution
  • Tuition for up to 2 years for a master’s degree and up to 5 years (capped at AUD$500,000) for a PhD
  • Round-trip, economy class airfare directly to and from the scholar’s home city and the city of the host institution (capped at AUD$4,000)
  • Establishment allowance (one-time payment)
  • Dependent allowance (one-time payment, if applicable)
  • Placement services support for postgraduate students seeking to complete a full U.S. Master’s degree or PhD
  • ASPE medical insurance of up to A$100,000 (for the scholar only)
  • Orientation and enrichment opportunities – in Australia and the U.S. with other international Fulbright scholars
  • Access to a professional network of distinguished Australian and American Fulbright Alumni
  • Ongoing assistance from the Commission with visas, enrichment opportunities and pastoral care
  • Media and publicity support