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.
- 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?
For more information, go to: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/
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