Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Western Hemisphere

IIE Contact

For information on programs in the Western Hemisphere, contact: FBstudent.WHA@iie.org

2019-2020 Western Hemisphere Program Information

Regional Program:

Selection for countries in Central America and the Caribbean will be made based on the quality of the applications, rather than per-country quotas. Distribution of awards to countries in the region will vary annually according to the caliber of the applicants.

English Teaching Assistant Programs are available to:

Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Unlisted Countries:

If the country in which you are interested does not appear, please check with IIE before filing an application.

Applications for Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines may be considered on a case-by-case basis, but for Master's thesis or Ph.D. dissertation research only.

Applicants interested in overseas territories (French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Netherland Antilles, etc.) should consult the Program Manager for Europe.

Grants are not available to:

Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, Guyana, Haiti, Suriname or U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. No case-by-case consideration or exceptions will be made.

Grant period:

Varies for independent research. Grantees affiliating with academic institutions in Central and South America may be required to begin their grants in February/March to coincide with the academic year. ETA programs in Guatemala and Panama begin in January 2020, and in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica and Peru begin in March 2020.

Zika Travel Information:

Cases of the Zika virus have been reported in the Western Hemisphere. As you prepare your Fulbright application, we encourage you to read the information Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.


Special Study/Research Awards for Fulbright-Fogarty are available to:


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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.