2018 APPLICATIONS CLOSED Australian Fulbright Postdoctoral Opportunities

Add a Global Perspective to Your Research


Applications are now closed and will reopen in February 2019


Who can apply?

Individuals seeking to undertake postdoctoral research in the U.S. for 3 – 10 months, who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years or in the last year of completion.

Entitlements include:

Scholarship entitlements vary per award. Please see individual scholarships for details. Awards generally include:

  • a living allowance
  • travel allowance for international flights to/from the United States
  • dependent allowance (if applicable)
  • ASPE medical insurance of up to A$100,000 (for the scholar only)
  • attendance at the Orientation Program, Showcase & Gala Presentation Dinner
  • enrichment activities in the United States 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 2018/19. Please note the budget is provided as a guide only and is subject to change.

How Do I Apply?

  • 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.
  • Please download the Australian Applicant checklist to include with your application.
  • Download 2018-19 Scholar instructions which outlines how to apply and includes the application link.

All applications are considered for the general Fulbright Postdoctoral Awards, however eligible applicants may elect to be considered for an additional sponsored scholarship opportunity.

Postdoctoral Scholarships

Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarships
Individuals seeking to undertake postdoctoral research, who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years, or in the last year of completion. The award supports a 3-10 month position.
Fulbright Future Scholarships 
Individuals seeking to undertake postdoctoral research in the fields of science or business, who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years, or in the last year of completion. The award supports a 3-10 month position.
Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship (Vice Chancellor’s Fellowship)
Sponsored by RMIT University
Individuals seeking to undertake research from one of a broad variety of fields (advanced manufacturing and fabrication, advanced materials, biomedical health and innovation, design and creative practice, global business innovation, information and systems engineering, social change, urban futures) in the U.S. as part of a three year Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at RMIT University. 
Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship
Sponsored by Monash University 
Individuals seeking to undertake postdoctoral candidate research in areas of importance to Monash University which directly address the grand challenges of our time, regardless of disciplinary background. In addition to academic merit, the projects must help strengthen the Australian bilateral relationship with the United States. The award supports a 3-10 month position.
Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship
Sponsored by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australian Government
For an Indigenous applicant to undertake a research or study program in the United States in any discipline and scholarship category (Postgraduate, Postdoctoral, Scholar). The award supports a 3-10 month position.
Fulbright State/ Territory Awards
The ACT, NT and Tasmania sponsor scholarships annually for applicants whose projects encourage and profile research relevant to their home state; and assist in building international research links between the state and U.S. researchers and institutions.

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