Canadian Scholars Receive Up to $25,000 in Financial Aid through Traditional Fulbright Scholar Awards for Studying in the United States

Canadian Traditional Fulbright Scholar Awards for Academics who Wish to Study in United States (upto $25,000 Worth of Financial Aid)

Canadian Traditional Fulbright Scholar Awards for Academics who Wish to Study in United States

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    • Awards to be taken up in the 2024-2025 Academic Year
  • Applications accepted until November 15, 2023
  • The next competition for awards to be taken up in the 2025-2026 Academic Year will open in May 2024

Award Value

$25,000 US for a full academic year (nine months) or $12,500 for one semester.

Basic health insurance is also provided.

Award Specifications

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Traditional Fulbright Scholar awards for Canadian scholars are open to scholars in all fields (excluding medical training) and are designed to enable emerging and established scholars, post-doctoral researchers and experienced professionals to conduct research, teach, or undertake a combination of both activities for one semester or a full academic year at a university or research centre of their choice in the United States. Applicants must have received a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree by December 31, 2014 or have equivalent professional experience.

Fulbright scholarships are awarded for periods ranging from one semester to a full academic year. Ideally, the dates of the award should coincide with the academic year of the host institution. Traditional Fulbright Scholar awards are not available for the summer months only, nor are awards available for attendance at professional conferences or meetings.

All Canadian applicants to the traditional scholars program must meet all of the eligibility requirements enumerated in eligibility section of this site. More specifically, eligible candidates must be Canadian citizens (landed immigrant or permanent resident status is not acceptable) at the time of the application, who have not had significant recent experience in the United States. Further, they cannot be dual citizens of both Canada and the United States, they cannot presently reside in the United States.

Please note that Fulbright awards may be held at the same time as other form of compensation (i.e. sabbatical pay, salary, or research grant).

    • Grantees are expected to use the award to cover necessary expenses such as housing, travel, school fees and other academic expenditures.
    • Fulbright enrichment opportunities are also available on a competitive basis.

Canadian Students Can Take up the Award in One of Three Ways

    • Formal enrolment awards are intended for students who plan to enroll in a graduate program at an American university. The student must seek admission at the same time as they apply for a Fulbright award. The Traditional Fulbright Canada award would support the first nine months of the student’s graduate degree.
    • Research awards are intended for students enrolled in a graduate program at a Canadian university, and who wish to conduct research in the United States that will support their Canadian degree. The Traditional Fulbright Canada award would support the student’s nine-month academic year in the United States.
  • Independent research awards are intended for researchers who have completed an undergraduate degree or a master’s degree at a Canadian university and who wish to pursue one academic year of independent research in the United States.
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All grantees must have an approved affiliation with an appropriate host (i.e., a university or other research-oriented institution) in the United States and are responsible for securing such affiliation and documenting it in the application. Applicants are encouraged to establish an affiliation with the intended host institution at an early stage and ideally have a fallback position. Applicants must list their potential host institution(s) in the Statement of Grant Purpose.


Traditional Fulbright student awards are normally granted for a full academic year (nine months) and normally begin in September. The award carries a fixed cash value of US$25,000. Grants may, under exceptional circumstances, be offered for different periods and may be pro-rated accordingly. Grantees are expected to use the award to cover expenses related to their studies and/or research, such as housing, travel, tuition and other academic expenditures. Basic health insurance is provided, along with visa, and other professional services. An integral part of the program includes Fulbright enrichment opportunities, which are available on a competitive basis.


Applicants must;

    • Be a Canadian citizen (Permanent residence is not sufficient).
    • Hold a Bachelor’s degree prior to the proposed start date of the grant.
    • Be proficient in English.
    • 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 residence.

Applicants must not;

    • Be a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen.
    • Hold permanent residency status in the United States.
    • Reside in the United States.
    • 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.
    • Be seeking enrollment in a medical degree program.
  • Possess a PHD by the start of the program. Instead, such applicants can visit the Fulbright Scholar Program.
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Application Deadline: 13 November 2023

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