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 or independent research under the supervision of a German advisor may be possible. A formal matriculation with a German university is in any case usually required and arranged by Fulbright Germany.
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.
Benefits for the full maintenance grant:
Benefits for the travel-only grant:
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 2020 should contact an advisor in the spring of 2019.)
The application deadline for the Fulbright Study and Research Program 2020-2021 will be October 8, 2019. 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 is available here.
Grants depend on funds available. There are several stages of the selection process; all applications will be reviewed by special selection committees and the final decision lies with Fulbright Germany.
For applicants in the performing fields please read these additional admission conditions and audition requirements.