The Fulbright Program is the largest and one of the most prestigious educational scholarship programs in the world. It operates between the United States and over 155 countries worldwide. Established in Australia in 1949 through a binational treaty between the Australian and U.S. Governments, the program has supported almost 4,800 scholarships.
The mission of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission is to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchange between Australia and the United States. It does this primarily through the administration of Fulbright scholarships.
2 year home residency requirement for Australians
Fulbright Australian Scholars must travel on a J-1 visa sponsored by the Fulbright Program. Scholars and their dependents are subject to Code of Federal Regulations rule 212(e), the two-year, home country residence requirement associated with the J visa. This is intended to ensure that Scholars fulfil the exchange nature of the program. During the two-year, home country residence requirement, Scholars and their dependents are ineligible to apply for status in the United States as:
• Permanent residents,
• Temporary workers or trainees (visa status H),
• Fiancé(e)s (visa status K), or
• Intracompany transferees (visa status L).
Scholars who stopover in a third country on returning from the United States, must return to Australia for two years before being eligible to apply for a permanent residence in the United States. The two year commences from the date of their return to Australia.
As with all Fulbright awards, applications under this initiative are evaluated by panels in accordance with normal Fulbright standards that are competitive, merit-based, open and transparent, including by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as sponsoring agency of the worldwide Fulbright Program, and by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) for final approval and selection of candidates.
This program is administered in accordance with all relevant FSB Policies. The policy on selection and non-selection stipulates, "It is the policy of the Board not to give to individual applicants, to others inquiring on their behalf, or to the public generally, the specific reasons for selection or non-selection of applicants for awards under the program." (From the "Policy Statements of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board," Sec. 145.)”.
The Australian-American Fulbright Commission follows the policy of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Reasons for non-recommendation of candidates will not be provided, including feedback on individual applications.
If you are not a citizen of Australia or the United States, please go to http://fulbright.state.gov/participating-countries/fulbright-commissions for a list of other Fulbright Commissions.