Fulbright Student Award for Graduate Study in the U.S. 2025 – 2026
FULBRIGHT STUDENT AWARD FOR GRADUATE STUDY IN THE U.S. 2025-2026
The Fulbright Singapore Student Program: A one-year grant for graduate study in the United States
The Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Singapore, is pleased to announce the 2025-2026 annual competition for Fulbright grants for Singapore citizens and Singapore permanent residents to study in the United States.
This flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. With this goal in mind, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas and observe each other’s cultures and political and economic institutions.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and is administered by the Department of State and the Institute of International Education (IIE).
The program operates on the principles of autonomy and open competition based on individual merit, without regard to the individual’s institutional affiliation, race, color or creed. The objective of the grant is to enable the recipient to pursue a particular field of study, and to develop leaders who can contribute to promoting better understanding between the United States and Singapore. We encourage grantees to participate and engage in non-academic activities within the community in which they are pursuing their studies. Upon returning to Singapore, Fulbrighters are expected to continue their role in building bridges of understanding, directly or indirectly, between the two countries through their professional and personal activities.
Fields of Study
Priority will be given to the social sciences and humanities as they relate to the United States and Singapore. Within the natural and applied sciences, only policy-oriented proposals related to subjects in Theme 2 below will be considered.
- The United States – study of U.S. society and culture through fields such as history, government, law, literature and the arts, intellectual history, sociology, education, religious pluralism, cultural anthropology and journalism.
- Challenges of Contemporary Society – comparative studies of contemporary social issues in Singapore and the United States, and/or transnational issues of global society. Subjects of particular interest include issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, challenges to freedom of speech and expression, innovation and entrepreneurship, critical emerging technology, and environmental issues.
- International Relations – study of geopolitical issues in the region and beyond. Proposed topic of study must have relevance to U.S.-Singapore relations.
All awards are subject to budget appropriations from the United States Government. Grants are for the 2025-2026 academic year (September to May). Graduate study must begin Fall term 2025. The award includes economy return airfare on an American carrier.
One-Year Graduate Study Grants
For the 2025-2026 academic year, only a limited number of partial grants will be available (depending on funding availability). These grants are intended for a one-year master’s degree program or the first year of study for a master’s program for individuals who meet the following criteria:
- Applicants must be Singaporean citizens or Singapore permanent residents.
- Leadership potential with exceptional promise and demonstrated involvement in community outreach.
- Evidence of motivation and commitment to graduate study.
- Outstanding academic records and preparation in the chosen field.
- High level of English verbal and written fluency.
- Good health – While no written report is required to apply, a candidate is required to submit a health report and obtain medical clearance before becoming a grantee.
- Applicants between 25 – 35 years of age at the time of application preferred.
- Preference is given to those with little or no experience in the U.S.
Individuals who are not eligible for a Fulbright grant:
- Individuals who are currently studying, researching or lecturing at American universities.
- Individuals who intend to pursue an internship, residency or research at a U.S. school of medicine or dentistry.
- Individuals who are currently living or working in the United States, or who have had extensive recent experience in the United States.
Application Procedure and Competition Schedule
- March 1, 2024 – Competition opens.
- April 30, 2024– Deadline for preliminary applications. If you meet the above criteria and are interested in the objectives of the Fulbright program, please email a copy of your curriculum vitae and a one-page statement of interest in the program as it relates to your proposed course of study to Singaporefulbright@state.gov by this date. After preliminary review, applicants who meet basic requirements and whose proposals are relevant to programs as outlined above will be sent program application forms.
- June 30, 2024 – Deadline for submission of completed Fulbright application forms.
- July 2024– Interview of shortlisted candidates.
- August 2024 – Notification of candidacy by Embassy.
- August 2024 – Following notification by the Embassy, selected candidates must register for TOEFL and GRE/GMAT. Singaporean applicants on the Fulbright program are required to submit TOEFL test scores for graduate school applications in the United States.
- December 2024 – Notification of candidacy by Fulbright Scholarship Board, Washington D.C.
- March/April 2025 – University responses
- August 2025 – Departure for the United States
For more information contact:
Academic & Professional Exchanges Specialist
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Singapore
27 Napier Road
Fulbright Specialist Program
Fulbright Specialist Program: The Fulbright Specialist Program invites U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at academic or research-oriented institutions in Singapore for a period of 2 to 6 weeks. Singaporean universities, cultural centers, non-governmental organizations, and other institutions will host a leading U.S. academic or professional at their institution to work on diverse, short-term collaborative projects focused on education and training. The projects focus on critical priorities identified by the host institutions and supported by U.S. Embassy Singapore. The applicant and host institution are required to submit independent applications through the Fulbright Specialist portal. Application deadline: Ongoing.