The Fulbright Commission

The German-American Fulbright Program is based on a 1952 agreement between the Governments of the United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany.

Over 40,000 German and American university students, professors, high school teachers, teaching assistants, journalists and experts in education have received Fulbright awards to spend research or teaching periods in Germany or the United States. These alumni represent the quality and diversity of both educational systems, and they have substantially contributed to the academic and cultural dialogue across the Atlantic. 

The German Fulbright Commission cooperates with the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars in Washington, D.C. and with all hosting academic institutions. Fulbright grants allow recipients to spend up to one academic year in the host country to pursue projects in any legitimate field. 

For American students and scholars in natural science and engineering fields special program categories offer adequate project support. 

Eligible students have to hold at least a Bachelor degree. Post-doc students will only be considered if they have been awarded their PhD recently. Applications shall be submitted to the respective Fulbright Program Advisor at the home university or to the IIE directly if the applicant has already graduated. Deadlines are set by the home institutions. For applications submitted to the IIE the deadline is Oct. 21 of each year. 

Fulbright grant benefits include a monthly stipend between €715 and €975, a spouse allowance, health insurance, international travel, orientation meetings and other benefits. 

American scholars – usually university professors – can apply for projects between three and 10 months, preference is given to candidates with no recent experience in Germany and projects with a substantial teaching part. Grant benefits are around €2,100 a month plus travel allowances and other benefits. 

For American students and professors, the Fulbright Program establishes close contacts with German host institutions and offers a Fulbright network and an alumni network. Details on these programs can be found at www.fulbright.de.