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Fulbright Open Study/Research

Uniting the World, One Student at a Time


Online application availability

Early spring. Check for details

Campus deadline

Early September

National deadline

Early October


Applicant education level

Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent

Open to applicants who have

completed an undergraduate degree?


Open to applicants not currently

enrolled in college/university classes?


Open to (non-U.S.) international students?


Age limit


Are applicants limited to specific fields of study?


Are students required to demonstrate financial need?


Minimum G.P.A.

None; but academic excellence is a must


UAA Institutional Endorsement


Advising Appointment

Schedule an advising appointment with the Fulbright Program Adviser, Dr. Francisco Miranda, at or at 907.786.4035, to discuss intent to apply


The language requirement depends on the host country you choose

For a full list of requirements, please visit


The Fulbright U.S. Student Open Study/Research Program offers opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students

  • Applicants for study/research design their own projects and typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education
  • Grants will fund project and living expenses for an 8-12 month period
  • During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences
  • The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think
  • Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding

Note: Grant lengths and dates vary by country. For more information, please consult the specific country summary for details at


Award benefits for all Fulbright U.S. Student Study/Research grants include:

  • Round-trip transportation to the host country
  • Funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country
  • Accident & sickness health benefits

In some countries, benefits may also include:

  • Book and research allowances
  • Mid-term enrichment activities
  • Full or partial tuition payment
  • Language study programs
  • Pre-departure/In-country orientations


Depends on specific country

Can the award be deferred?


Can the award be renewed?


Specific notes and/or exceptions

You may only apply to one country

Enrolled applicants should submit application through UAA

Non-enrolled applicants may submit application “at-large”

For more information about eligibility requirements, please visit:


Open Study/Research Awards

  • The Fulbright Study/Research Award is the traditional award opportunity where a candidate designs a proposal for a specific country
  • Read the Country Summaries for more information


Basic characteristic sought by Review Committees:

  • Quality and feasibility of the proposal as described in the Statement of Grant Purpose and the Personal Statement
  • Ability of the supervising agencies abroad to arrange/confirm supervision and facilitate research clearance, if necessary
  • Academic or professional record
  • Personal qualifications
  • Language preparation
  • Extent to which the candidate and the project will help to advance the Fulbright aim of promoting mutual understanding among nations through engagement in the host community, among other activities
  • Requirements of the program in individual countries; for example, advanced-degree candidates are preferred in some countries, while in others, certain fields of study are not recommended. Check with IIE (Institute of International Education) before filing an application if you do not meet all country specifications

Note: It is the policy of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board that reasons for non-recommendation of candidates not be given


Since program requirements vary by country, applicants should familiarize themselves with the host country by visiting

  • Find a faculty member willing to serve as your mentor throughout the application process
  • Schedule an advising appointment with the Fulbright Program Adviser, Dr. Francisco Miranda at or at 907.786.4035,the semester before you plan to apply for the award
  • Register at and start completing the application
  • Start developing your Statement of Grant Purpose and your Personal Statement according to the Fulbright guidelines
  • If your research proposal involves working with human subjects, then internal IRB approval is required
  • For your letters of recommendation, select instructors who can comment on your research skills, talents, and academic and/or professional plans in detail
    • At least one instructor should be able to comment on your previous undergraduate research experiences in detail and be able to speak to the academic merit of your Statement of Grant Purpose proposal
  • Submit a complete application online, including all letters of recommendation, in-country affiliation, and IRB approval if applicable, by the CAMPUS DEADLINE
  • Prepare for individual CAMPUS INTERVIEW, which will take place within 1-2 weeks after the campus deadline
  • The Fulbright Campus Interview Committee will submit an official institutional endorsement of your application at the end of your campus interview
  • A Fulbright National Screening Committee will conduct a preliminary elimination on the basis of credentials in December and determine if your application will be forwarded to the embassy of the country to which you are applying for final review
  • You will be notified of the status of your application in January
  • Candidates whose application is forwarded to the appropriate embassy for further review will be notified of the final decision in March-May


Number of applications received:


Number of applications rewarded:

1900 +/-

Is an interview required?

Campus interview: Yes

National interview: No

When are qualifying candidates notified?

Approximately January 31st

When are winning candidates notified?

Approximately May 1st


Fulbright Program Adviser

Dr. Francisco Miranda



Phone number


Email address


Webinars for candidates are available at

Schedule an advising appointment at or at 907.786.4035