Fulbright Future Scholarships

Fulbright Future Scholarships

Changing Lives, Transforming Careers


Applications will open 4th February 2019 and close 15th July 2019


The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is pleased to offer Fulbright Future Scholarships – our most generous scholarship program ever. This program seeks to improve the health, wellbeing, and prosperity of Australians by funding innovative, impact-focused projects.

Thanks to generous support from The Kinghorn Foundation, Fulbright Future Scholarships fund projects that aim to advance cutting-edge applied science, kick start innovative business collaborations that foster the creation of new jobs, and further the development of impact-driven emergent technologies.

Fulbright Future Scholarships are open to postgraduate students, PhD researchers, academics and professionals. Awardees will receive funding for full tuition/visiting researcher expenses at a U.S. institution of their choice, as well as travel and living costs.

Who can apply?

Fulbright Future Scholarships are open to applications for Australian candidates who satisfy the following criteria.

Applicants:

  • can apply as Postgraduate students, PhD researchers, postdoctoral candidates, academics or professionals
  • must have an undergraduate qualification
  • must propose research that is innovative and/or has the potential for significant impact
  • must 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 impact of their proposed program
  • all applicants are required to include a letter of invitation from their proposed institution with their application (except postgraduate students seeking to complete a U.S. master’s program)

Postgraduate applicants should download the attachment for additional 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 significant job-creation

Entitlements include:

  • a generous living allowance
  • travel allowance for international flights to/from the United States
  • full tuition or visiting researcher scholar fees
  • placement services support for postgraduate students seeking to complete a full U.S. master’s degree
  • 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
  • please view the Australian Scholarships Budget 2019/20 for more information. Please note that the budget is provided as a guide only and is subject to change.

How Do I Apply?

  • Prior to applying, we strongly encourage applicants 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.
  • Download the Australian Applicant checklist to include with your application.

Postgraduate Applicants:

Please download the 2019-20 Student instructions

OR

Postdoctoral, Professional and Scholar Award Applicants:

Please download the 2019-20 Scholar instructions.

 Categories Available

Postgraduate Scholarships 

Postgraduate students seeking to;

  • undertake a full U.S. masters degree (up to 2 years)
  • study part of an Australian master’s program in the U.S (8-10 months)
  • conduct research towards an Australian PhD program (4 – 10 months)

Funding is available for up to 2 years and includes full tuition or visiting research scholar fees.

Postdoctoral Scholarships 

Individuals seeking to undertake postdoctoral research, who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years.

The award supports a 3 – 10 month position.

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 and/or training in the United States.

This award supports a 3-4 month position.

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