Eligibility - American Primary Awards

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Program Policy

  • All eligibility requirements apply from the time of application.
  • Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin and/or disability.
  • Fulbright Canada awards are merit-based, and may be held concurrently with other awards and/or salaries.


Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens (Permanent residence is not sufficient).
  • Hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree as appropriate. 
    Candidates outside academia (e.g., professionals, artists) with recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments.
  • Be proficient in English.
  • Be proficient in French should the requirements of the project and host institution require it.
  • Be in compliance with all J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) guidelines.
  • Be in compliance with all governmental regulations regarding visas, immigration, travel and residency.

Applicants must not:

  • Hold permanent residency status in Canada.
  • Reside in Canada; or
  • Have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six year period immediately preceding the date of application.
    A period of nine months or more during a calendar year is considered to constitute a full year abroad.


  • Recent graduates with limited professional experience and graduate or doctoral students seeking funding to complete their degrees should visit the Fulbright Student Program.
  • Where an award is open to early career or postdoctoral candidates, scholars may apply if they will complete the requirements for their doctoral (or equivalent) degree by February 1 in the year following the application deadline, unless otherwise specified in the award description.
  • Grants shall not authorize engagement in pastoral, missionary, or other professional religious activities
  • Grants shall not authorize activities for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required.
  • Grantees must demonstrate sound physical and mental health. Finalists are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be completed.
  • Candidates who previously held a Fulbright Scholar grant should be aware that, as a general matter, preference will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Scholar grant. Previous Fulbright Scholar grantees are expected to make a strong case in their application for a repeat Fulbright grant.


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