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The German-American Fulbright program was originally developed by Senator J. Wiliam Fulbright, whose intention was to promote mutual bilateral understanding on an academic and cultural level.

Approximately 400 scholarships are awarded to German graduates, PhD, teachers and administrative staff each year. Scholarships include full and partial scholarships as well as travel grants.

Target group:

Graduate students (i.e. Master) and graduates of all subjects at accredited universities are eligible to apply. Restrictions apply to law and medicine programs. You can find more information about application and subject restrictions here (in German only).

Formal requirements to participate in the Fulbright program are:

  • German nationality
  • At the time of starting the scholarship (August/September): Completed bachelor's degree or at least 6 successfully completed semesters in courses of study leading to a Diplom, Magister, First State Examination degree
  • Good to excellent professional/educational record
  • Active social, cultural, political commitment
  • Convincing motivation for studies/ cultural exchange in the USA
  • Proven English language skills


  • The scholarship provides up to $34,500 USD in financial support for a 9 month study period. Shorter study periods (one semester) will receive $15,300 USD.
  • Transatlantic air travel financing
  • US health/accident insurance
  • Free issuance of the Fulbright visa
  • Additional costs lump sum: 600€
  • Preparation and networking seminars
  • Admission to the international Fulbright network
  • Counseling by Fulbright Germany and our US partners

Application procedure:

The application deadline for the 2022-2023 academic year has passed. In May 2022, current guidelines and application documents for the 2023/2024 academic year will be published on the Fulbright website (in German).

Fulbright Germany Office:

Deutsche Programme
Lützowufer 26
10787 Berlin

Student Mobility Unit of Freie Universität:

Iltisstr. 4 (U-Bahnhof Dahlem Dorf)
14195 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 838-73930
Fax: +49 (0)30 838-73901
E-Mail: auslstud@fu-berlin.de

Office hours
Tuesday 9:30 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 17:00
Thursday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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