Fulbright Scholar Award Opportunities

Applications are currently closed and will re-open early 2021


Who can apply?

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 at one institute/university in the United States for a minimum of 3 and maximum of 4 months in any discipline. Please note that applicants can be considered for multiple awards by noting this in the Australian Applicant checklist and attaching it to your application.

Entitlements including:

Scholarship entitlements vary per award; please see individual scholarships listed below 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
  • applicants need to read the eligibility & conditions section of the Australian Applicants page.

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

Scholar Awards
Fulbright Scholar Awards
For 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 at one institute/university in the United States in any discipline.
Fulbright Future Scholarships
Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Academics (at associate professor or full professorial level) and mid-career professionals to undertake research and/or training at one institute/university in the fields of business or science. These awards support 3 – 4 month positions.
Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership
Funded by the Centenary Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarships Foundation
For professionals in the non-profit sector to undertake a program of research and/or professional development at one institute/university in the U.S. with an approved U.S. charitable organisation. Applicants must be from an Australian not-for-profit organisation.
Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australian-United States Alliance Studies
Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
For early/mid-career academics or professionals from public/private fields associated with the alliance to conduct research into contemporary aspects of the Australian – U.S. alliance (defense/security) and broader bilateral relationship (trade/economics/politics) of interest to both alliance partners.
Fulbright Professional Coral Sea Scholarship (Business/ Industry)
For early/mid-career professionals seeking to undertake a short course of study or research regarding an identified problem or opportunity relevant to Australian industry or business. This scholarship was originally established in 1992 by the Coral Sea Commemorative Council to recognise the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.
Fulbright Professional Scholarship In Vocational Education and Training
Funded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment
For individuals in the vocational education and training sector or training leaders in business and industry; including teachers, managers, and administrators, of private and public registered training organisations; people who are leading vocational education and training strategies within their business; staff within universities that teach in the training/skills sector.
Fulbright Scholar Award
Funded by Kansas State University
For individuals at associate professor or full professorial level seeking to undertake a collaborative project at Kansas State University.
Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship
Funded by the National Indigenous Australian Agency
For an Indigenous applicant to undertake a research or study program in the United States in any discipline and scholarship category (Postgraduate, Postdoctoral, Scholar)
Fulbright State/ Territory Awards
The Northern Territory 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.
Fulbright Scholar Award 
Funded by Florida Polytechnic University
Open to academics at the level of associate professor or full professor, this Fulbright Scholar Award will afford Australian scholars the opportunity to undertake research and teach classes that are strategically aligned to Florida Polytech’s research priority areas.

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