Fulbright Future Scholarships (funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)

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Thanks to generous support from The Kinghorn Foundation, the Fulbright Future Scholarships fund projects that seek to have a positive impact on the health, livelihoods and prosperity of Australians. We’re looking to fully support projects that seek to advance cutting-edge applied science, support the development of new or existing medical treatments or devices, kick start innovative business collaborations that foster the creation of new jobs or further the development of impact-driven emergent technologies.

What disciplines are supported by the Fulbright Future Scholarships?

  • Health Sciences excluding Psychiatry, Dentistry, General Practice, Psychology, and Fitness
  • Natural Sciences
    • Earth Science
    • Life Science
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Formal Sciences
    • Computer Science
    • Statistics, including Artificial Intelligence, Biostatistics, and Statistical Modelling
    • Systems Science
  • Professions and Applied Sciences
    • Agriculture excluding Animal Husbandry, Beekeeping, Agrology, Entomology, Enology
    • Engineering
    • Mining

Please note the following disciplines are not supported: Public Health, Public Policy, Law, and Business.

Who can apply?

Fulbright Future Scholarships are open to Australian postgraduate students, PhD researchers, academics and professionals who satisfy the following criteria.


  • Can apply as postgraduate students who seek to complete a full master’s degree or PhD in the U.S.
  • Can apply as PhD researchers who seek to complete a period of research in the U.S. as part of their Australian PhD
  • Can apply as postdoctoral candidates, academics or professionals who seek to complete a period of research in the U.S.
  • Must have an undergraduate qualification
  • Should aim to create, contribute to, or otherwise enhance Australian-American bilateral research collaborations
  • Must include an additional statement separate from their project statement (maximum of one page) that outlines the potential impact of their proposed program on the lives, health, livelihoods or prosperity of Australians
  • All applicants are required to include a letter of invitation from their proposed (maximum one) institution with their application (except postgraduate students seeking to complete a U.S. degree)

Please see the APPLICANT INFORMATION page for information regarding Fulbright qualities, eligibility requirements, award conditions, interview processes and FAQs.

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

What is considered ‘Impact’? 

To qualify for the Future Scholarships program, applicants should highlight the potential impact of their proposed research/ study in their additional statement separate from their project statement. ‘Impact’ may be defined as;

  • Significant advancement of new technologies, techniques, or other novel research with potential for practical outcomes
  • Tangible effect, benefit, or outcome for Australian society
  • Creation of enduring bilateral commercial or research partnerships with potential for significant growth
  • Novel approaches to medical treatment or rehabilitation
  • Potential for job-creation

 Categories Available

Postgraduate Scholarships


Postgraduate students seeking to:

  • undertake a full U.S. Master’s degree (up to 2 years)
  • conduct research towards an Australian PhD program (4 months – 5 years)
  • Complete a full U.S. PhD program

Funding is available for up to 2 years for a Master’s degree and up to 5 years for a PhD.

Postdoctoral Scholarships

Individuals seeking to undertake 4 – 10 months postdoctoral research in the U.S., who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years (or will complete their PhD before commencing their time in the U.S.)

Scholar Awards 


Academics (at associate professor or full professorial level) and mid-career professionals (with an undergraduate qualification and minimum 10 years work experience) to undertake research at one institute/university in the United States. This award supports a 4-month position.

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