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 form via the online application portal:  https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2021
  • 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)
    • Four 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 2021-2022 Fulbright Foreign Student Program is already CLOSED. Please check back in December 2020 for the 2022-2023 application period.