Fulbright Indigenous Scholarships

Applications are open 4 February – 15 July 2019

The Fulbright Indigenous Scholarships are for two Indigenous students/scholars each year to undertake a research or study program in the U.S.  Scholarships are available in any field of academic study, across any category – postgraduate, postdoctoral or professional scholar.

These scholarships were established to recognise Indigenous leaders’ commitment to achieving excellence, while seeking an international perspective and collaboration through their studies/research. The scholarship was originally established in cooperation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) in 1993 and is now supported by the Australian Governments Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Entitlements include:

Scholarship entitlements vary per category; please see individual scholarship categories listed below for details. Awards generally include:

  • a living allowance
  • international travel to/from the U.S.
  • partial tuition or visiting research scholar fees (postgraduate/ PhD recipients only)
  • assistance with identifying and applying to host institutions via Placement Services (Masters students only)
  • dependent allowance (if applicable)
  • ASPE medical coverage of up to A$100,000 (for the scholar only)
  • attendance at the Orientation Program, Showcase & Gala Presentation Dinner
  • enrichment activities in 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
  • to access specific funding amounts for 2019/20 please download the Australian Scholarships Budget 2019/20Please note the budget is provided as a guide only and is subject to change.
  • Postgraduate applicants should download the attachment for additional information.

How Do I Apply?

  • Applicants will be considered within the category they apply (e.g. for a Scholar Award) and can elect to additionally be considered for the Fulbright Indigenous award by noting this on the Australian Applicant checklist.Prior to applying, applicants need to read the Eligibility & Conditions section of the Australian Applicants page.
  • Applications must be completed and submitted via the online portal (see below for instructions and access). 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 one of our Campus Advisers.

Postgraduate Applicants: The online portal can be accessed via the Australian Student instructions PDF


Postdoctoral, Professional and Scholar Award Applicants: The online portal can be accessed via the Australian Scholar instructions PDF


 Categories Available

Postgraduate Scholarships 

Postgraduate students seeking to;

  • undertake a full U.S. masters degree (up to 2 years)
  • study part of an Australian master’s program in the U.S
  • conduct research towards an Australian PhD program (3-10 months)

Funding is available for up to 2 years and includes partial tuition or visiting research scholar fees.

Postdoctoral Scholarships 

Individuals seeking to undertake postdoctoral research, who have either completed their PhD in the past 5 years or are in the last year of completion. The award supports a 3-10 month position.

Scholar Awards 

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.