The Fulbright Graduate Student Program for the Academic Year 2018-2019


The Embassy of the United States of America in Estonia is pleased to announce the Fulbright Graduate Student Program competition in the United States for the 2018-2019 academic year. Scholarships are awarded competitively and are subject to the availability of funds.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and administered under policy guidelines established by the William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The scholarship is administered in Estonia by the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Office in cooperation with the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The Fulbright Graduate Student Program offers one-year grants for Estonians who intend to enter graduate degree programs (Master's, Doctoral) at U.S. universities in any field (except for medical studies).

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be an Estonian citizen;
  • By the spring of 2018, you must have obtained a 4-year Bachelor's degree, or have completed the first year of your Master's program after a 3-year Bachelor's program;
  • Your U.S. studies must be in your previous undergraduate field of study;
  • You must have clearly defined study goals and career objectives;
  • You must have an excellent academic record and a knowledge of English appropriate for studying in the U.S.;
  • Preferred candidates should not have studied or lived more than six (6) months in the United States;
  • Applicants must be eligible for J-1 visa, which requires the grantee to return to Estonia for a minimum of two years at the end of the grant period (See note below);
  • Applicants must receive a satisfactory medical clearance;
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are no older than 30 years of age by the application deadline date;
  • Preferred candidates will have to be ready to take relevant admission tests for U.S. university programs (TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT) shortly after the completion of a successful interview at the U.S. Embassy, Tallinn. For successful candidates the test vouchers for some tests will be provided.

Disqualification Factors

  • Students who have already begun their studies in the U.S. universities are not eligible to apply.
  • Persons desiring permanent residence in the United States are not eligible.

The closing date for submission of applications (please note: medical forms and tests are not required with the application) is August 20, 2017.

The application for 2018-2019 is an electronic entry to the database and is available at the Foreign Fulbright Program site.

After filling in the on-line application, please send a paper copy of the application, together with other related documents, by mail to the U.S. Embassy, Kentmanni 20, 15099, Tallinn.  Finalists will be interviewed in late August or early September 2017 by a bi-national (American-Estonian) Fulbright Committee.

For more information on the program please feel free to contact the United States Embassy Public Affairs Section at 668-8155 or Jane Susi at susij....at....state.gov.

For testing information and consultations for the essays please contact the Educational Advising Centers at the Tallinn University of Technology and at the  University of Tartu Library.