Scholarship Programs
Fulbright Foreign Student Program
Fulbright Awards for Filipinos

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a scholarship opportunity for Filipinos to study at the graduate level (master’s or doctoral studies) or pursue non-degree doctoral dissertation research in the United States.

Grants under the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for Filipinos are for a maximum of one academic year for non-degree, one to two years for master’s, and two years for doctoral degree studies. The grant provides for round-trip international travel, monthly maintenance allowance, tuition and fees, book/supplies allowance, and health and accident insurance.

Fields of Study:

Study of the United States – the study of American culture, life and society through such fields as government, education, arts and humanities, law, economics, literature, history, the multi-disciplinary field of American Studies or any other humanities or social science field with significant study of the US subject matter.

Global Issues – Fields of study include the environment, human rights, governance and public administration, peace studies/conflict resolution/transformation, international relations and transnational issues, international economics, international business, international law, public health and STEM fields.

Open Grants – Fields of study not covered by the first two field categories with the exception of medicine, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, clinical psychology, medical technology, and accountancy.

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • Philippine citizenship
  • English proficiency
  • College degree with major in field of specialization; excellent undergraduate record
  • Applicants must have at least two years of professional work experience (after college) in their field of specialization.  Assistantships during college do not count.
  • Applicants must be in good health to pursue graduate work in the U.S.
  • Applicants must return to the Philippines immediately upon completion of study.
  • Non-degree applicants must meet the added requirements:
    • Applicants for doctoral dissertation must show proof that materials required to pursue research are not available in the Philippines but are available in the United States.
  • Note:  Individuals holding dual citizenship, are permanent residents and/or are presently studying in the U.S. are not eligible.

Required Documents:

  • Completed online application at https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2022
  • Make sure to Select/Change Award to Fulbright Graduate Student Program on the Award Information portion found on the Country Information tab on your online application page.
  • Upload the following documents to the online application portal:
    • Official or certified transcript of records from all colleges/universities attended
    • Certified true copy of diploma (not original)
    • Three letters of reference (in order to register your recommendations, you must first complete the Reference Materials Waiver on the Study Plan page of your online application)
    • NBI Clearance acquired in the past 6 months (upload as a PDF file on the Country-Specific Materials portion under the Additional Information tab)

Application period for the 2022-2023 Fulbright Foreign Student Program (for Filipinos) is now OPEN. Deadline for online applications is on March 31, 2021. Selected grantees are expected to begin their program in the U.S. in August of 2022.