Fulbright Future Scholarships

Applications open 4 February 2019 and close 15 July 2019

Join the ranks of ASVO members like Dr Anthony Robinson, ASVO President, Dr Terry Lee, our Senior Editor and Dr Bryan Coombe, ASVO lif member and Fellow of the Society who were Fulbright recipients.

Available to postgraduate students, PhD researchers, academics, postdocs, and professionals, awardees will receive funding for full tuition/visiting researcher expenses at a U.S. institution of their choice, as well as travel and living costs.

Executive Director of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, Thomas Dougherty, says that the collaborative opportunities were ripe for Australian STEM professionals.

“There is a significant appetite for international exposure among Australian researchers and STEM students, and this scholarship helps connect the best science minds with their counterparts in the United States,” Mr Dougherty said.

“A Fulbright Future Scholarship is one of the best ways to connect with active, engaged and passionate collaborators in the U.S.”

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is pleased to offer Fulbright Future Scholarships – our most generous scholarship program ever. This unique opportunity provides 100% funded opportunities for study and research program in the U.S., for projects that seeks to have a positive impact on the health, livelihoods and prosperity of Australians.

Thanks to generous support from The Kinghorn Foundation, the Fulbright Future Scholarships fund projects that have potential tangible impact. We’re looking to fully support projects that may seek to advance cutting-edge applied science, kick start innovative business collaborations that foster the creation of new jobs or further the development of impact-driven emergent technologies.

Fulbright Future Scholarships are open to postgraduate students, PhD researchers, academics and professionals. Awardees will receive funding for full tuition/visiting researcher expenses at a U.S. institution of their choice, as well as travel and living costs.

Who can apply?

Fulbright Future Scholarships are open to applications for Australian candidates who satisfy the following criteria.


  • can apply as postgraduate students who seek to complete a full U.S. masters degree, or part of their Australian degree in the U.S.
  • can apply as PhD researchers who seek to complete a full U.S. PhD program or part of their Australian PhD in the U.S.
  • Can apply as postdoctoral candidates, academics or professionals who seek to complete a period of research in the U.S.
  • must have an undergraduate qualification
  • should aim to create, contribute to, or otherwise enhance Australian-American bilateral research collaborations
  • must include an additional statement separate from their project statement (maximum of one page) that outlines the potential impact of their proposed program on the lives, health, livelihoods or prosperity of Australians
  • all applicants are required to include a letter of invitation from their proposed institution with their application (except postgraduate students seeking to complete a U.S. master’s program)
  • Masters-seeking postgraduate applicants should download the attachment for additional information.

What is considered ‘Impact’? 

To qualify for the Future Scholarships program, applicants should highlight the potential impact of their proposed research/ study in their additional statement separate from their project statement. ‘Impact’ may be defined as;

  • Significant advancement of new technologies, techniques, or other novel research with potential for practical outcomes
  • Tangible effect, benefit, or outcome for Australian society
  • Creation of enduring bilateral commercial or research partnerships with potential for significant growth
  • Novel approaches to medical treatment or rehabilitation
  • Potential for job-creation

Entitlements include:

  • a monthly living allowance
  • travel allowance for international flights to/from the United States
  • full tuition or visiting researcher scholar fees
  • placement services support for postgraduate students seeking to complete a full U.S. master’s degree
  • 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
  • please view the Australian Scholarships Budget 2019/20 for more information. Please note that the budget is provided as a guide only and is subject to change.

How Do I Apply?

  • Applicants should first read the Eligibility & Conditions section of the Australian Applicants page.
  • Applications must be completed and submitted via the online portal (see below for instructions and access). Applications emailed or posted to the Commission cannot be considered.
  • To discuss your application aspirations with someone in your area, please consider reaching out to one of our Campus Advisers.
  • Download the Australian Applicant checklist to include with your application.

Please download the instructions on how to apply:

For students and PhD researchers: 2019-20 Postgraduate Instructions PDF


For postdoctoral, professional and scholar award applicants: 2019-20 Scholar Instructions PDF


 Categories Available

Postgraduate Scholarships

Postgraduate students seeking to:

  • undertake a full U.S. masters degree (up to 2 years)
  • study part of an Australian master’s program in the U.S (3-10 months)
  • conduct research towards an Australian PhD program (4 – 10 months)
  • Complete a full U.S. PhD program

Funding is available for up to 2 years and includes full tuition or visiting research scholar fees.

Postdoctoral Scholarships

Individuals seeking to undertake 3-10 months postdoctoral research in the U.S., who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years (or will complete their PhD before July 2020).

Scholar Awards

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 in the United States. This award supports a 3-4 month position.

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

Applications for the 2019/2020 Fulbright Future Scholarships close 15 July 2019.