The Fulbright Scholar Program

As one of the largest and most prestigious international exchange programs in the world today, the Fulbright Program’s main objective is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other nations through the sharing of ideas, knowledge, skills, and individual experiences. Over the past sixty years, the Fulbright Program has provided over 360,000 participants from 160 countries around the world the opportunity to share ideas, promote joint understanding of cultures, and learn about political and economic institutions. Sweden and the U.S. have been participating in the successful exchange of scholars and students since 1952.

Scholars are chosen based on their academic merit and leadership potential. The Fulbright Program expects their grantees to demonstrate outstanding academic performance and actively contribute to the promotion of mutual understanding as unofficial “ambassadors" of their country. The Swedish Fulbright Commission issues grants to outstanding Swedish and American students and scholars who embody the mission of the Fulbright program.

Eligibility Requirements for Swedish Applicants
• Swedish citizenship
Fluency in English
• Doctorate degree completed prior to departure for the U.S.

Minimum program length in the U.S. is three months.
Preference is given to candidates who have not studied for an extended period of time at a university in the United States.

In the following cases, you are NOT eligible to apply for a Fulbright scholar grant: 

• No doctorate degree prior to departure to the U.S.
• Dual citizenship with the U.S., a resident of the U.S., or possess a 
"green card" 

• Already started academic activity in the United States

Fulbright scholars will be issued a U.S. J-1 visa. This visa is issued via the Fulbright office in Stockholm in cooperation with IIE / CIES in the United States. The visa process can NOT be issued by the host institution in the United States for those nominated for a Fulbright scholarship. Note that the Fulbright program may not be appropriate for scholars wishing to pursue programs/projects that involve human or animal subjects. More information regarding this can be found here.

IMPORTANT: Please read the online instructions prior to filling out the application. Complete application instructions are available once you have registered and logged in at the website.  Preliminary notification of awards will be made by the end of March. 

For questions regarding this program, please contact Monica Dahlén at fulbright@fulbright.se / 08 534 818 85.