Fulbright Future Scholarships (funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)

Applications are now open

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is pleased to offer Fulbright Future Scholarships – our most generous scholarship program ever. This unique scholarship provides opportunities for study and research programs in Australia, and projects that seek to have a positive impact on the health, livelihoods and prosperity of American and Australian lives.

Thanks to generous support from The Kinghorn Foundation, the Fulbright Future Scholarships fund projects that have potential tangible impact. We’re looking to support projects that may seek to advance cutting-edge applied science, kick start innovative business collaborations that foster the creation of new jobs or further the development of impact-driven emergent technologies.

Fulbright Future Scholarships are open to postgraduate students, PhD researchers, academics and professionals.

Who can apply?

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


  • can apply as postgraduate students who seek to complete a postgraduate research project or a full Australian degree
  • can apply as PhD researchers who seek to complete research towards their U.S. PhD in Australia
  • can apply as postdoctoral candidates, academics or professionals who seek to complete a period of research in Australia
  • must have an undergraduate qualification
  • must include a half-page statement headed Impact Statement that outlines the potential impact and benefit of their proposed research or study on the health, livelihoods or prosperity of Australia and Australians
  • should aim to create, contribute to, or otherwise enhance Australian-American bilateral research collaborations
  • all applicants are required to include a letter of invitation from their proposed institution with their application (except students seeking to complete an Australian degree program)

What is considered ‘Impact’? 

To qualify for the Fulbright Future Scholarship program, applicants must include within their project/grant statement an impact statement identified with its own header. The impact statement should outline the potential impact of their proposed research/study and how the proposed research/study will benefit Australia.

‘Impact’ may be defined as:

  • Tangible effect, benefit, or outcome for Australians and Australian society
  • Significant advancement of new technologies, techniques, or other novel research with potential for practical outcomes
  • 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:

  • Generous monthly stipend
  • Round-trip, economy class airfare directly to and from the scholar’s home city and the city of the host institution
  • Health coverage under Australian Medicare (for the scholar only)
  • Health & Accident Insurance (ASPE) provided by the U.S. government, coverage up to USD$100,000 (for the scholar only)
  • Orientation Program and Gala Presentation Dinner
  • 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

How Do I Apply?

  • Prior to applying, we strongly encourage applicants to read the Eligibility & Conditions section of the American Applicants page.
  • For postdoctoral candidates, academics or professionals, apply here
  • For postgraduate candidates, apply here

Contact Information


Alexa Rowland, via email: FBStudent.EAP@iie.org

Fulbright Team

Please contact the Fulbright scholarships team for any queries related to scholarship benefits or application processes: fulbright@fulbright.org.au


 Categories Available

Postgraduate Scholarships 

Funding up to 3 years possible for those proposing enrollment in an Australian degree program. Candidates undertaking graduate study should commence their grants in January or February 2023. Those carrying out research must commence their grants at the start of the university year in January or February 2023 with the specific start date agreed upon by both grantee and host institution. (July 2022 in some cases – by approval only)

Postgraduate students seeking to:

  • undertake a full Australian postgraduate degree (up to 2 years)
  • conduct research towards a U.S. PhD program (6-10 months)
  • conduct a research project unaffiliated with degree study and/or standalone research (6-10 months)

Postdoctoral Scholarships 

Individuals seeking to undertake 4-10 months postdoctoral research in Australia, who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years.

Scholar Awards 

Academics (at associate professor 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 Australia.

This award supports a 3-4 month position.

Please see the Applicants Page for eligibility requirements, award conditions, FAQs, interview processes and timelines.