Study and Research at a German University


American students who will have completed at least a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Sciences degree by the time of arrival in Germany.

A solid academic background and a well-focused project plus adequate German language proficiency where necessary are essential.

Applicants with a U.S.-German dual citizenship are not eligible.


  • U.S. citizenship
  • A high level of academic achievement
  • A solid application


The program facilitates access to research and studies for two academic semesters at a German university or any other pertinent non-university institution, such as research labs or archives. The 10-month grant period usually starts mid-September. Depending on the candidate's academic level, full-time study (graduating seniors) or independent research (doctoral candidates) under the supervision of a German advisor may be possible. A formal matriculation with a German university is in any case required and arranged by the Commission.

Several grants are reserved for candidates in the performing arts. Information on the special application procedures for these grants can be obtained from the Institute of International Education.


Approximately 75 grants are available annually.


 Benefits for the full maintenance grant:

  • Monthly stipend of currently Euro 750 to Euro 1.000, depending on the candidate's academic background
  • An incidental allowance of Euro 250 per semester
  • Health insurance
  • International travel (according to the guidelines set by the Fulbright Commission)
  • Current German visa regulations require a valid passport for American grantees traveling to Germany; the Fulbright Commission assists its grantees in applying for a residence permit after arrival
  • Orientation and mid-year meetings
  • Administrative and academic support through the Fulbright Commission in Germany
  • The Fulbright Commission offers intensive language courses (approximately six weeks in duration, beginning in early August) in Germany to those grantees whose German language ability is not sufficient at the beginning of the grant to pursue their projects
  • Spouse allowance of Euro 276 per month will be available to married grantees

Benefits for the travel-only grant:

  • This grant category is for candidates with funding from other resources, for instance through the Germanistic Society of America/IIE awards or through direct fellowships from German host institutions.
  • The benefits provided by Fulbright are restricted to international travel, orientation and mid-year meetings, and administrative support.


Fulbright Internship Program

The Commission has recently developed an internship program for U.S. student grantees, designed particularly but not exclusive for those in the fields of economics, finance, hard sciences, and law. This program allows grantees to intern with an internationally-oriented company for several months following the academic year. Benefits include maintenance at approximately the regular grant level and health insurance. Further details about this program are distributed to grantees during the course of the grant year.


Applicants still affiliated with a university should consult the Fulbright Program Advisor at their institution for application information and deadline. At-large applicants no longer at a university should contact the Institute of International Education directly.

Applicants should contact their advisor or the IIE in the spring preceding the year in which they wish to study in Germany. (For example, those intending to begin studying in September 2015 should contact an adviser in the spring of 2014.)

Applications deadline for the Fulbright Study and Research Program 2017-2018 will be mid-October 2016. The IIE Online application system closes at 5:00 P.M. EST and applications have to be fully submitted by then. Further information on the IIE timeline are available here.

Grants depend on funds available. There are several stages of selection levels; all applications will be reviewed by special selection committees and the final decision lies with the Fulbright Commission.

For Applicants in the Performing Fields

Further admission conditions and audition requirements