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.
Benefits for the full maintenance grant:
Benefits for the travel-only grant:
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 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 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 please read these additional admission conditions and audition requirements.