Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship (co-funded with Rice University)

About the Award

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is pleased to offer awards for Australian students to complete degree programs at one the leading private universities in Houston, Texas – Rice University. To be considered for these awards, applicants should propose to complete master’s degree programs offered by Rice University.

Available awards:
  • Master’s degree-seeking candidates: 1-2 academic years.



General criteria for all Fulbright Awards:
  • Must be an Australian citizen.
  • Must not be a dual citizen of the U.S.
  • Must be residing in Australia at the time of application (exceptions may apply – please see link below).
  • Must not have already commenced this degree or project in the U.S.
  • Must not have held a J1 or J2 visa in the 24 months before program commences.
  • Must hold an undergraduate degree.*
  • Degree-seeking applicants only: acceptance to a U.S. institution is not required at the time of application.**

* Applicants may be in their final year of study if applying for a postgraduate degree award. Must complete their undergraduate degree before commencing their program.
** Successful degree-seeking candidates must apply to Rice University following notification from Fulbright regarding application success.


Award Benefits

  • Monthly stipend for duration of program for an individual based on the current approved MMR.
  • Full tuition waiver provided by Rice University (subject to funding availability, specified at time of offer)
  • 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).
  • Settling-in allowance.
  • A limited Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) Health Benefits Plan, designed by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Seven Corners, Inc. Please note this plan is NOT an insurance policy.
  • Orientation and networking opportunities.
  • Support from the Commission prior to and during program.


About the Funder

Rice University

Boasting a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has a 6-to-1 undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio, and a residential college system, which supports students intellectually, emotionally and culturally through social events, intramural sports, student plays, lectures series, courses and student government. Developing close-knit, diverse college communities is a strong campus tradition, which is why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life and best value among private universities.