Fulbright Indigenous Scholarships (funded by the National Indigenous Australians Agency)

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The Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship is for an Indigenous student/scholar to undertake a research program in the U.S.  Scholarships are available in any field of academic study, across any category – postgraduate, postdoctoral or scholar.

This scholarship was established to recognize 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 Government’s National Indigenous Australians Agency.

Award Benefits:

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

  • Monthly stipend based on the cost of living in the city of the host institution
  • 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, if applicable)
  • Dependent allowance (one-time payment, if applicable)
  • Health & Accident Insurance (ASPE) – valued at up to USD$100,000 (for the scholar only)
  • Access to established professional networks – alumni and other international collaborative groups
  • Orientation and enrichment opportunities – in Australia and the U.S.
  • Extensive support – from the Commission as well as U.S. organizations
  • Media and publicity support

Additional Information:

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

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.

 Categories Available

Postgraduate Scholarships 

Current Australian PhD students seeking to undertake research as a Visiting Student Researcher for 4 – 10 months.

Postdoctoral Scholarships 

Individuals who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years or who will have their PhD conferral before the proposed date of departure seeking to undertake postdoctoral research for 4 – 10 months.

Scholar Awards 

Academics (at associate or full professorial level) and mid-career professionals (with an undergraduate qualification and minimum 10 years work experience) seeking to undertake research at one institute/university in the United States for 4 months.