International Fulbright Science and Technology Program

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State sponsor the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award for Outstanding Foreign Students (Fulbright S&T) to provide exceptional foreign students with an opportunity to pursue Ph.D. programs at top U.S. universities.

Fulbright S&T is designed to promote scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics especially is less developed countries to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to welcoming top-notch future researchers and leaders to pursue serious scientific study and research at U.S. institutions.

Grantees receive three years of funding from ECA followed by support from their U.S. host institution until the completion of Ph.D. programs.

Please note recruitment for the International Fulbright Science and Technology Program has been suspended for the 2013-2014 program year.  Decisions for the 2012 cohort have already been announced.

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree (comparable to a U.S. bachelor’s degree) on or before August 2012 and cannot reside in the U.S. at the time of application to the program. It is highly recommended that the applicant have received his/her bachelor’s degree in the same or a related field for which he/she plans to pursue Ph.D. study. Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency with a recent TOEFL score (or equivalent) of 580 or an IBT of 90 or higher.

Applicants to the S&T Program must plan to study in one of the following fields:

  • Aeronautics and Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agriculture (theoretical or research-based focus only)*
  • Astronomy/Planetary Sciences
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Energy
  • Engineering (aerospace, electrical, chemical, civil, industrial, mechanical, ocean, and petroleum)
  • Environmental Science/Engineering
  • Geology/Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Information Sciences/Engineering (engineering focus only; business-focused study is not eligible)
  • Materials Science/Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Neuroscience
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Public Health (biostatistics or epidemiology)

* While agriculture tends to be a fairly applied field of study, those wishing to pursue theoretical and research-based study in such areas as entomology, plant biology, plant pathology, and soil science are eligible for this Award.

For further details, please visit the program website at or send an email to

Open: January

Close: May