The Fulbright Graduate Student Program

Students 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. Many Fulbright grantees are early-career professionals who will return to Sweden or the U.S. to assume leadership positions, often working at universities or in government service. The Swedish Fulbright Commission issues grants to outstanding Swedish and American students and scholars who embody the mission of the Fulbright program. Grants are available for graduate study at universities in the United States for master’s, doctoral or non-degree programs for an entire academic year. Grantees will receive cash awards from the Fulbright Commission and will be eligible for additional financial aid from U.S. universities for the academic year.

The Fulbright Commission will apply for admission and for supplementary financial assistance at the grantees' preferred U.S. universities. Awards from institutions in the United States vary in amount, depending upon a grantee's qualifications and field of study, and there is no guarantee that every grantee will succeed in winning additional financial aid nor that all costs for the academic year will be covered. Applications will be accepted in all fields, except medicine (not including Public Health or medical research), dentistry, and veterinary medicine. Note that the Fulbright program may not be appropriate for students or scholars wishing to pursue programs/projects that involve human or animal subjects. More information regarding this can be found here.

Preference will be given to candidates who have not recently studied for an extended period of time at a university in the United States.

Please note: prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.

Swedish Applicants are encouraged to print out the following instructions to complement the general online instructions. Applicants are not required to contact the Swedish Fulbright Commission before applying.

Eligibility Requirements
• Swedish citizenship
• Fluency in English
• Excellent academic record
• Swedish or E.U. university degree completed prior to departure for the U.S., not just the 
equivalent number of points

In the following cases, applicants are NOT eligible to apply for a Swedish Fulbright graduate student grant:
• No Swedish or E.U. university 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 graduate studies in the United States

Degree Requirements: 
Master’s degree candidates must have completed a Bachelors degree or Masters degree (or equivalent) to apply. The time required for a Master’s degree is one or two academic years, so a student should expect to spend from at least one summer session to an additional academic year to complete the academic requirements. Programs for a Masters degree in Law (LL.M) are for one year. 

Visiting Student Researchers (non-degree) must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Sweden and must have already developed a Ph.D. dissertation topic. The primary objective is one year of research with a limitation of one or two courses. 

Ph.D. degree candidates must have at least two to three academic years beyond the Master’s degree and have published work in addition to the Masters thesis. However, many doctoral students find four or five years necessary, and in some cases even longer. Admission at the Ph.D. level is highly competitive.

Finalists will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and depending on the field of study, either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Tests are not required to be taken by the time of the application; however, high test scores will strengthen the candidate’s application to the Fulbright program and increase placement opportunities at a preferred university. 
Grantees in Law will be required take the TOEFL test only. Costs for the above tests will be covered by the Fulbright Commission for selected finalists.

Curriculum Vitae (CV):
Many resources are available online and provide writing and organizing tips for academic CVs. If possible, please limit the CV to two pages. The CV should be clear and simple. Dates should be written in the American way: mm/ dd/ yyyy. The CV should be formatted to include bullets and shortened descriptions of your professional experience. Furthermore, include proper headings and titles for your academic and professional work experience. It is recommended to incorporate any published works, volunteer organizations or professional organizations the applicant is involved with, and to add other extra- curricular activities or personal interests outside of academic and professional experiences.

Application Essays (2)
The applicant will be asked to prepare a Study/Research Objective essay and a Personal Statement for the application. The essays are one of the most essential and important aspects of the application. If the applicant meets all the requirements to apply for the Fulbright Program, it is advisable to begin working on your essays in a Word document, which can be uploaded into the application later. Helpful hints for writing the essays: Do not repeat verbatim parts of your Study/Research Objective in your Personal Statement, nor list dates and facts that can be covered in your CV. In your Personal Statement you should comment on the number of years of practical experience already completed in the field in which you will do academic work in the U.S. Please do not mention specific U.S. universities at which you would like to study.

1. The Study/Research Objective Essay:
You should take great care to write a clear and very detailed description of the program you want to pursue. Clearly identify the area(s) within your field of study in which you want to specialize or concentrate. If there is specific research that you want to accomplish, please describe. Treat this question as if you were competing for a job or research position against hundreds of applicants. 

2. Personal Statement:
This is a narrative statement, written in first person, in which you can include information about your education, practical experience, special interests, career plans, and your purpose in applying for study in the U.S. It should not be a mere listing of dates and facts. It should be well organized, concise and well written. This exercise allows the selection committee to measure your writing skills and also provides you with an opportunity to share those personal, academic and professional characteristics you feel important to emphasize in your application.

You must have three confidential letters of reference (recommendations) submitted on your behalf. All recommendations should be written by professors under whom you have studied or pursued research or by someone who has supervised you in work related to your proposed field of study. Letters of reference should not be written by persons related to you either by blood or marriage, or personal friends, and not by teachers from your gymnasium. 

Grant and Travel Plans:
Swedish applicants are not required to submit financial information at the time of application. However, please provide the passport and dependent information. Note: sambo relationships are not recognized as dependents under U.S. law.

Interviews and notfication:
Preliminary notification of awards will be made by the end of May. A personal interview and attendance at the orientation in Stockholm is mandatory
 for the dates listed in the program information. 

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