Study/Research Award

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Applicants for study/research awards design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. The study/research awards are available in approximately 140 countries. Program requirements vary by country, so the applicant’s first step is to familiarize themselves with the program summary for the host country.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Permanent residents are not eligible. Please review the Ineligibility section below in relation to the eligibility of dual citizens.
  • Applicants must have a conferred bachelor’s degree or the equivalent before the start of the grant.
  • In the creative and performing arts, four years of professional training and/or experience meets the basic eligibility requirement.
  • Applicants must be in good health. Grantees will be required to submit a satisfactory Medical Certificate from a physician.
  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the written and spoken language of the host country sufficient to communicate with the people and to carry out the proposed study/research. This is especially important for projects in the social sciences and the humanities.

Study/Research Award applicants are required to design a research proposal, outlined in their Statement of Grant Purpose. Here are some questions to address in your essay:

  • What do you propose to do? What is exciting, new or unique about your project? Why do you want to do it? What is important or significant about the project?
  • With whom do you propose to work?
  • When will you carry out your study or research? Include a timeline.
  • Where do you propose to conduct your study or research? Why is it important to go abroad to carry out your project?
  • How will you carry out your work? All students should discuss methodology and goals in their statements.
  • How will your project help further your academic or professional development?
  • Your project statement should contain a clear commitment to and description of how you will engage with the host country community.
  • What contribution will the project make to the Fulbright objective of promoting cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding?

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