Fulbright Future Scholarships – Postgraduate

Applications open 6 January 2021, 9:00am AEDT

Applications close 6 July 2021, 11:59pm AEST


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)

Funding is available for up to 2 years for a Master’s degree and up to 5 years for a PhD and includes full tuition or visiting research scholar fees.

Who can apply?

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

Applicants:

  • Can apply as postgraduate students who seek to complete a full U.S. Master’s degree, or part of their Australian degree in the U.S.
  • Can apply as PhD researchers who seek to complete a full U.S. PhD program or part of their Australian PhD in the U.S.
  • 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 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-creation

Benefits include:

  • Monthly stipend based on the cost of living in the city of the host institution
  • Full tuition or visiting researcher scholar fees
  • Round-trip, economy class airfare directly to and from the scholar’s home city and the city of the host institution
  • 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

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