This program targets students who hold a Bachelor's degree from a recognized institution of higher education in Greece and have a strong academic record. Grants are awarded in specific fields to pursue graduate study at Master's level (including the MA to Ph.D. track program) in the United States and contribute to the first academic year. Equal preference is given to applicants in the Humanities & Social Sciences and STEM & Business.
Studying in the U.S. can be expensive for international students depending also on the choice of universities. Winning a Fulbright award is a big step in the right direction and many U.S. universities are willing to further support Fulbright nominees. Some awards are sponsored by accredited American universities solely for Fulbright applicants coming to or from their institution such as the Fulbright Georgetown Partner Award targeted to students interested in the fields of Environment and Sustainability Management (photo).
STEP 1. REGISTRATION PERIOD:
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 – Friday, January 12, 2024
No registration will be accepted beyond January 12, 2024 at midnight EET (23:59)
STEP 2. ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Friday, February 16, 2024
No applications will be accepted after February 16, 2024 at midnight EET (23:59)
Photo Credit: Iris Patra, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Columbia University, New York, 2021-2022 Fulbright Graduate Student
Overview and Guidelines
The Fulbright Foundation in Greece will award up to five grants for the academic year beginning August/September 2024 to outstanding Greek students to pursue a master’s degree at accredited U.S. colleges and universities in the areas of food science and nutrition, computer science and information technology, digital technology, education and education technology, supply chain management, shipping management, hospitality and tourism management, Mediterranean studies, agriculture, forestry, energy studies, oceanography/marine studies, social sciences, healthcare/public health, psychology, pharmacology, math and sciences, engineering, construction management, sustainability and environmental studies, aeronautics and aviation technology, arts and culture management/heritage conservation/archeology/museum studies, economics, international affairs/politics/diplomacy, journalism and mass communication, and public administration.
Candidates should already have applied to U.S. universities or be in the process of applying when they submit their Fulbright application. Admission to a U.S. university is not required at the time of application but is mandatory for the award of the grant. Candidates are selected on the basis of academic excellence, potential for professional development, civic engagement, extra-curricular activities, and personal qualities/abilities to serve as a cultural ambassador for Greece. All awards are subject to the Fulbright Foundation policies, in compliance with the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) guidelines, and all governmental regulations regarding visas, immigration, travel, and residence.
Fulbright Awards offer financial support toward only the first year of study, but do not cover the full amount (university fees plus the cost of living). The candidate is responsible for securing additional and adequate funding from personal and/or other sources and will need to provide financial evidence.
Studying in the United States can be expensive. However, there are many opportunities out there and U.S. universities are often willing to aid students financially. Earning the Fulbright title is a good step in the right direction and some universities are prepared to offer special scholarships to Fulbright nominees.
"The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, deeply American in its history and mission and without the slightest sense of contradiction profoundly global in its composition and universal imperative, was a truly transformative experience. MIT’s motto “mans et manus” (mind and hand) reflects the Institute’s solid credo for rigorous academic knowledge with practical humanitarian purpose. Yet the same motto also stretches the paramount importance of the Humanities in defining this purpose and in challenging the social, ethical, and cultural implications of our technologies both in a national, as well as a global context. MIT is a unique academic environment that encourages collaborations, embraces the exchange of ideas and knowledge, and nurtures a strong sense of community amid its students, faculty, and researchers. It is in this sense that MIT embodies the Fulbright ethos. The trust that was placed upon me by both MIT and the Fulbright Foundation, I tried to reciprocate during my time as a student at MIT through multiple teaching assistantships, mentoring of students, eager participation in student-faculty meetings, as well as the organization and coordination of events, studio trips, exhibitions, and publications. Last but not least, I would like to acknowledge the great influence of the Fulbright Foundation during my time in the United States. Fulbright’s commitment to the promotion of international welfare through the exchange of scholars between the United States and numerous countries renders the Fulbright program as a unique transdisciplinary platform that cultivates and facilitates the idea of a global community. It has always been a great pleasure to meet fellow Fulbrighters from all over the world, to attend the Fulbright Pub-Nights -a much-needed break from studying- and to witness in person how strong, supporting, and inspiring this community is. Those three years provided me with the intellectual, research, and human resources that were instrumental towards the development of my particular academic interests and pursuits. More importantly, those three years rewarded me with friendships, mentorships, and cherished memories that will hopefully further flourish in the future. Recognizing the scale of impact that the Fulbright scholarship has had so far, academically, professionally and personally, I feel honored to be a 2016 Fulbright Exchange scholar. This honor comes with the commitment on my part to continue serving the Fulbright ethos to the best of my capacities and to assist in any way possible the former, current, and prospective generations of Fulbright scholars."
Iris Giannakopoulou Karamouzi, Architectural Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 2016-2017 Fulbright Graduate Student
To be eligible to apply for a grant, each candidate must
- hold Greek citizenship and a valid Greek passport. Candidates with dual citizenship (U.S./Greek) or permanent residence in the United States are not eligible.
- have permanent residency in Greece and commit to returning to Greece following the academic program to fulfill the mission and aim of the Fulbright grant.
- hold a Bachelor Degree from a Greek institution of higher education with a grade point average (GPA) of 8.0 (out of 10.00) and above or a degree from Deree–The American College of Greece or Anatolia College with a GPA of 3.4 (out of 4.0) and above. For those students who are in their last year of undergraduate study, a GPA is required on the basis of their previous performance.
- pass English language fluency tests, TOEFL or IELTS, GRE and/or GMAT, as required by the individual U.S. universities.
- apply to more than one U.S. institution.
Also note that
- candidates applying for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) should have at least two years of full-time relevant work experience since their graduation. Part-time employment while in school is not considered satisfactory work experience.
- preference will be given to candidates below the age of 28 at the time of application and to those with a student profile.
- students who have already begun their studies in the United States are not eligible to apply. Applicants who have previously studied abroad in the U.S. will be expected to explain how their return to the U.S. for further study will add to their previous experience.
Fulbright Awards offer financial support for study in the U.S. However, Fulbright is much more than a scholarship: we offer fellows the opportunity to have a transformative cultural and academic experience and provide unrivaled support both during and after the Fulbright year. While a Fulbright Award is toward the first year of study only, the benefits do not end there; receiving this award opens many doors and provides unparalleled global networking opportunities.
The Fulbright grant is a non-renewable grant that provides an allowance towards tuition and/or living expenses for the first year of study only, roundtrip airfare, and limited health and accident insurance. The amount of this allowance depends on the Foundation's budget for each year and cannot exceed the amount of $20,000 (maximum $2,000 per month for 10 months or one academic year).
More specifically, grant benefits include
- a round-trip travel allowance according to Fulbright Travel Policies & Regulations.
- limited health and accident insurance (for recipient only). All participants receive the Department of State's health insurance coverage (A+SPE) of $100,000 per illness or per injury with co-pays of $25 per medical visit and $75 for hospitalizations or emergency entries for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. Some U.S. universities require that you enroll in their health insurance plan. Make sure to inquire whether there will be any additional cost.
- free advising and counseling services on academic issues.
- an invitation to the Finalists Workshop.
- a pre-departure orientation session.
- participation in the Annual Awards Ceremony.
- a Fulbright IIE Certificate of Completion.
- J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa
- the Gateway Orientation, Enrichment Seminars, Pre-Academic Programs, and other benefits/invitations offered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the cooperating agency in the United States.
- membership in the online global communityfor all participants of U.S. government–sponsored exchange programs (such as the Fulbright program). International Exchange Alumni website
Terms and Conditions
- Registering before applying is mandatory. The registration serves to establish eligibility, which cannot be established through phone conversation or e-mail communication.
- An external Selection Committee appointed by Fulbright will interview shortlisted candidates on specific dates. Candidates will be informed of their interview appointments with the Selection Committee by email. Interviews last for about 15 minutes, are conducted in English, and are held virtually.
- Candidates will be informed of their nomination status on the day following the end of the interview cycle. Candidates will be designated as 'primary', 'alternate', or 'non-selected'. Alternate candidates will remain on standby until the overall budget is reviewed and finalized.
- Candidates selected must provide the Foundation with proof of admission to a U.S. university and sufficient financial resources—in addition to the Fulbright award—before the issuance of the J-1 visa.
- Candidates selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a medical history and examination report before their grants can be finalized. The Fulbright office will provide the necessary Medical Health Form.
- Fulbright grant recipients are responsible for making travel arrangements in accordance with Fulbright Travel Policies & Regulations. Awards cannot be deferred to the following year.
- Fulbright policy limits a student's stay to a maximum of three years for a Master's candidate, including time spent for academic training (maximum 18 months). Academic training is limited under U.S. federal regulations and may not exceed the amount of time spent on academic studies. U.S. federal regulations also require that academic training commence within 30 days of completing the Fulbright study program.
- Male applicants are responsible for settling all relevant Greek military obligations.
- Fulbright grant recipients must travel on a J-1 visa sponsored by the Fulbright Program. It is a condition of the visa that, after completing the academic program, including studies and training, students must return to Greece and reside there for two years before being eligible to immigrate or apply for permanent residence or a work permit in the United States. The purpose of the two-year home residency requirement is to ensure that exchange visitors return to their home country and fulfill the exchange objectives of the Fulbright Program to broaden and strengthen mutual understanding between Greece and the United States.
Registration and Application Procedures
Step 1. Registration
The registration form is available online and serves to establish eligibility, which cannot be established through phone conversation or e-mail communication. Once submitted, it will be automatically available to the Fulbright Foundation/Greek Program Coordinator for a first review. You will receive a confirmation email in the week following your submission.
Step 2. Fulbright Online Application Procedure
Following successful registration and confirmation of eligibility, applicants will be given a link to complete the online Fulbright application in English (SLATE platform). Applications submitted without prior registration will not be accepted. When you begin your application, the platform will ask you to confirm that you have contacted the local office (registration) and that you are eligible for this award.
The Fulbright Foundation accepts ONLY applications submitted online through the SLATE platform. Faxed, emailed, or mailed copies of applications will not be accepted.
The following documents must be completed/uploaded as part of the online application:
- Online application form including GDPR consent.
- Detailed Curriculum Vitae.
- Degrees and transcripts of all university grades, in both Greek and English (Academic Materials section).
- TOEFL or IELTS, GRE and/or GMAT score reports in accordance with U.S. university requirements.
- Study/Research Objectives.
- Personal Statement.
- Letters of admission (if received).
- A digital portfolio for candidates in the fields of the arts or creative industries.
- A scanned copy of your passport as well as a scanned copy of any valid U.S. visa issued within the last 4 years. If you do not yet have a passport, you will need to include a copy of your ID card.
- Three letters of reference. Your reference (the person writing the letter of recommendation) should complete and submit the forms through the online platform once you have registered them. All candidates should inform their references that all letters must be submitted online by February 16, 2024. All letters should be written in English. The letters of reference should be written by professors with whom you have studied or pursued research or by someone who has supervised your work as related to your proposed field of study.
The registration period for the 2024-2025 academic year is now closed. New announcements for the 2025-2026 cycle will be posted in summer 2024.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE 2024-2025 FULBRIGHT AWARDS FOR GREEK GRADUATE STUDENTS
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 – Friday, January 12, 2024
All candidates must register during this period
Friday, February 16, 2024
Online Application Deadline
March 6-7, 2024 (TBC)
Interviews for applicants in STEM and Business /Finance
March 6-7, 2024 (TBC)
Interviews for applicants in Humanities and Social Sciences
March 8, 2024 (TBC)
Notification of results by email
April 2024 (TBC)
June 2024 (TBC)
Pre-Departure Orientation Session for Fulbright Grantees
attendance is required (virtual and in-person)
attendance is required
August - September 2024
Academic Year begins in the United States
Interim Grant Report and Letters of Appreciation
Final Grant Report and Debriefing Session