Postdoctoral Scholarships

Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarships are available to Australian citizens to engage in 3 - 10 months of postdoctoral research or professional training in the United States. The scholarship is aimed at applicants who have recently completed a PhD. [Note: To be eligible, your thesis must be lodgedprior to submitting your Fulbright application]. The scholarship is generally offered to applicants who are no more than three years post-PhD, however, applicants who are four to five years postdoctoral and present a strong case will be considered.

The Commission offers up to two General Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarships annually. These Postdoctoral Scholarships are open to all fields of academic study.

In addition to the two general scholarships the following Postdoctoral Scholarships are also offered:


Postdoctoral Scholarship benefits

The Postdoctoral Scholarships are valued up to AUD$47,000 (with the exception of the Postdoctoral Scholarship in Cultural Competence which is worth up to AUD $58,000) and includes the following.

  • 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: Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholars who also receive a full salary related to their postdoctoral position in the U.S., at or above the value of the Fulbright stipend, will be granted a set amount of AUD 20,000.


 Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholars must spend a minimum of 3 months and maximum of 10 months in the U.S.

  • Fulbright funding is for a maximum of 10 months only, however funding is stipend based 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.

For further information

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