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Actors play during the rehearsal of the opera 'Tosca' by Giacomo Puccini in front of the Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary) and the St. Severi's Church in Erfurt, central Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Fulbright offers grants for a variety of purposes, including research, teaching, and language learning, among others. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is more accessible and comprehensive, covering the previously mentioned pursuits. If you’re a U.S. citizen and hold a bachelor’s degree, then you’re all set to apply.

Researchers will need some level of proficiency in the local language, but English teachers can often get this requirement waived. The Fulbright program wants to provide Americans with the opportunity to live abroad, which means having a prior connection with the country can be a disadvantage when applying. Additionally, creative and performing arts grants are available to anyone with at least four years of professional training or experience in the arts.

For those who may not fit any of these molds, the Fulbright travel-only grant provides grants for international travel to Germany, Hungary, and Italy to supplement a student’s own funds for study. For obvious reasons, these grants are quite competitive, so do your homework before applying.


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