Postgraduate Scholarships

Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships are available to Australian citizens to engage in 8 - 10 months of research relevant to an Australian PhD; or undertake an approved course of study in an American higher degree. These scholarships are aimed at current PhD students, honours students, or honours graduates who are considering postgraduate study in the U.S.

The Commission offers up to twelve (12) Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships annually. These include:

Fulbright General Scholarships

Fulbright general scholarships are open to applicants from all academic fields of study.

Fulbright Sponsored Scholarships

The following scholarship is open to applicants in all fields of study, however there are specific eligibility requirements (see links below).

Fulbright State and Territory Scholarships

Fulbright State and Territory Scholarships support study or research related to a topic or issue of importance to that state or territory.

Current Australian Postgraduate Scholarship holders are encouraged to apply. Government guidelines related to Australian Postgraduate Scholarships changed in 2005 to encourage international research experiences related to Australian postgraduate studies through scholarships, such as Fulbright.

Postgraduate Scholarship Benefits

This Scholarship is valued up to AUD 40,000 and includes:

  • Living, travel & establishment allowances
  • National Orientation Program and a Fulbright Presentation Dinner
  • Enrichment Seminars in the United States with international Fulbright Scholars
  • Distinguished professional network with U.S. and Australian Fulbright Alumni Associations
  • A support agency in the U.S. that assists with visas, events, and networks
  • Media and publicity support
  • ASPE medical insurance of up to A$100,000 (for the Scholar only)

Note: The cost of obtaining a postgraduate degree from a U.S. university can be as much as USD 40,000 per year. For this reason, applicants should investigate additional funding sources from their universities along with private and government sources to cover tuition fees as the Fulbright Scholarship will only cover living and travel expenses.


  • Fulbright Postgraduate Scholars must spend  8-10 months in the U.S., the majority of time should be at their host institution.
  • Fulbright funding is for a maximum of 10 months only and will be reduced for shorter programs. Applicants must demonstrate they have sufficient additional funds to support themselves and any dependants during their stay in the U.S. If enrolling they must have funds available or to seek a tentative waiver.

For further information

Contact the Senior This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Program Officer at the Fulbright Commission at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To assist in identifying a suitable U.S. educational institution, contact your local U.S. Educational Advisor in Australia. 

For general information on how to apply and applications please refer to Application Information.