The Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Are you interested in conducting research abroad for the 2021-22 academic year?

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Fulbright awards give master’s students, master’s alumni, and PhD students, opportunities for international experience, personal enrichment, and an open exchange of ideas with citizens of other nations. The Fulbright program provides over 1800 awards annually in over 155 countries. 

For the 2020-21 cycle, 13 UMD students and recent graduates received Fulbright awards!

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U.S. Citizens – Master’s and PhD students. Note that PhD students should be at or approaching candidacy and can apply up to the time of graduation (to use as a post-doc) but not after. The program also welcomes applications from recent graduates with a master’s degree. This is an opportunity for alumni to turn knowledge gained through professional experience into exciting international research projects. This can be a great step toward PhD level study or for transitioning to a new career phase.


Round-trip transportation, living costs for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country, and supplemental health and accident insurance. Depending on the country, you may also receive modest funds for dependent support, book and research allowances, tuition, and language or orientation courses.

Grant Duration

Approximately one academic year; length and timing of awards varies by individual country and/or region.

Campus Deadline

The UMD campus deadline is September 1, 2020. Please note that it takes time and effort to complete a strong Fulbright application and our successful applicants start by late spring/early summer. ​If you have any questions about the program, feel free to reach out! As always, you can view this information on our meGRAD webpage.