Fulbright Scholar Award Opportunities

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Have you found a research topic that the world needs to know more about? A U.S Scholar award allows applicants to expose their interests in a unique and welcoming environment at an Australian institution.

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers a range of Scholar Awards for research periods of 3-4 months. Each year the Commission offers up to five general scholarships awards (in any field), and three sponsored scholarships (in a range of disciplines).

Who Can Apply?

  • Applicants will be a an associate or full professor, or have appropriate professional experience.
  • Applicants willing to undertake full-time research at an Australian institution for a period of 3-4 months
  • Applicants that meet the citizenship requirements for this award

Why Apply?

The Fulbright U.S Scholar Program is the largest U.S. exchange program in the world, offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study and advanced research, worldwide. Fulbright alumni populate a range of professions and include ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers.

A Fulbright scholarship provides recipients with an un-paralleled opportunity to add global context to their career, with tailored international experiences of up to two years.

If you have demonstrated academic excellence, are passionate about strengthening the United States ties to Australia and have a bold vision for your future, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program could be right for you.


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

  • A living allowance
  • Funding for international flight to/from Australia
  • Health coverage under Medicare
  • Health and Accident Insurance (ASPE) to maximum of US$100,000 (scholar only)
  • Access to Fulbright Alumni in the U.S. and Australia for social and professional networking
  • Support through the Fulbright Commission to assist with administration, visas and general enquiries
  • National Orientation Program, Showcase and Gala Presentation Dinner

Scholar Award Opportunities:

The Fulbright Commission offers the following Scholar Awards. Please click below for more information:

Fulbright Scholar Awards The Fulbright Commission offers up to five Scholar Awards annually, available in any field/ discipline. These awards support a 3-4 month project at an Australian institution. They are open to senior academics and appropriately qualified professionals.
Fulbright Scholar Award (funded by Curtin University) Curtin University is an internationally recognised leader in research related to geosciences and resource engineering and is located in Perth. This award is open to senior academics and appropriately qualified professionals to undertake research in the fields of resources and energy.
Fulbright Scholar Award (funded by the University of Canberra) The University of Canberra (UC) has a strong commitment to integrated learning and specialises in professional education and applied research. This award is open to senior academics and appropriately qualified professionals, and enables exceptional U.S. Scholars to undertake research in priority areas of the UC, including environment, governance, health, sport, education and communication.
Fulbright Scholar Award (funded by the University of Technology Sydney) Open to senior academics and appropriately qualified professionals, this award will enable exceptional U.S. Scholars to undertake research in priority areas of the University of Technology Sydney including, data science, sustainability and health.
Fulbright Scholar Award (funded by CQUniversity) CQUniversity is strategically focused on engagement and social innovation, undertaking change-maker research, and delivering research impact across its broad geographical footprint. Projects must be of high academic quality, align with CQUniversity’s research strengths and focus on building bilateral relationships with the U.S.
Fulbright Scholar Award (funded by the Regional Universities Network of Australia) The Fulbright Scholar Award funded by the Regional Universities Network of Australia (RUN) will support research projects undertaken at any of the network’s seven member institutions. The Regional Universities Network (RUN) is a network of seven universities with headquarters in regional/rural Australia and a shared commitment to playing a transformative role in their regions.
Fulbright Scholar Award (funded by the University of Wyoming) Open to academics at the level of associate professor or full professor, the Fulbright Scholar Award will afford Australian scholars the opportunity to undertake research and teach to two classes per semester that are strategically aligned to University of Wyoming research priority areas.

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