Australian-American Fulbright Commission :Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship

Opening Date: 01-05-2016   Closing Date: 01-08-2016  


The Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship is for an Indigenous scholar to undertake a research or study program in the United States, and is available in any field of academic study. For a Postgraduate this may be accredited towards an Australian higher degree, or to enrol in a U.S. higher degree.

The scholarship was originally established in cooperation with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) in 1993 and is now supported by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. As fitting with the Fulbright mission, the Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship was established to recognise Indigenous leaders’ commitment to achieving excellence, while seeking an international perspective and collaboration through their studies/research.

Benefits, rights and responsibilities, eligibility criteria and duration of the Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship at the Postgraduate level are as per the Postgraduate General Category.


  • Living, travel & establishment allowances for a program of 8-10 months duration
  • ASPE medical insurance of up to A$100,000 (for the Scholar only)
  • National Orientation Program, Showcase Evening & 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
  • Postgraduate Fulbright Scholarships are valued up to AUD$40,000


Applicants must be Australian citizens, and current Australian Postgraduate Scholarship holders are encouraged to apply.


  • Funding is stipend based and is for a maximum of 10 months. It will be reduced for shorter programs.
  • Funding does not cover Tuition fees
  • Recipients need one primary host institution. They can visit other institutions but must spend the majority of their program at their primary institution
  • Applicants must demonstrate they have sufficient additional funds to support themselves and any dependents during their stay in the U.S. (The cost of obtaining a full postgraduate degree from a U.S. university is very high and must be considered carefully)


Further information and application forms can be obtained from the Fulbright website below.

Scholarship Type: research, exchange and overseas travel, Indigenous students,