The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students to undertake international graduate study and advanced research. The U.S. Student Program currently awards approximately 1,500 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

The candidates applying to Chile must comply with the following requirements:

Language: Proficient spoken and written Spanish is required at the time of application.

Grant Purpose: Research

Grant duration/period: 9 months. March to November. Students must arrive shortly prior to or at the beginning of March . Extensions are not available. Grant dates must correspond to the academic year in Chile. The grant period starts with an orientation session organized by the Fulbright Commission in Chile during the first week of March.

Candidate profile: Graduate students conducting thesis or dissertation research are preferred. However, graduating seniors, recent graduates, and students working towards a Master’s degree will be considered with evidence of full-time study or a significant research project.

Factors affecting eligibility: Candidates already in Chile at the time of application are not eligible. Candidates who have lived/studied in Chile for more than 12 months within the last 5 years will be less competitive.

Affiliation: Grantees will be required to have affiliations with accredited universities in Chile. Accreditation status of Chilean institutions can be confirmed through: Therefore, applicants must initiate contact with the host institution of preference and obtain a formal letter of invitation or affiliation prior to submitting the application. In addition to indicating the nature of the affiliation between the applicant and the host institution (e.g., enrollment in classes, access to facilities or resources, collaboration with ongoing project, etc), the letter should state that a host contact would be available to mentor the applicant and/or supervise the applicant’s work on their proposed project.

General comments: Applications from candidates in science and technology are especially welcome. Topics concerning astronomy, earth sciences, engineering, mathematics, biology, geology, food science, forestry, mining, oceanography, aquaculture, energy, biotechnology, physics, environmental sciences, ecology and chemistry are of particular interest.

Dependents: No dependent allowance is available.

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For information on accredited Chilean universities visit

Potential Host Institutions and Research Centers in Regional Chilean Universities

2017-2018 Competition Deadline: October 11, 2016 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time



Language: Some programs may not require a high level of Spanish proficiency since much of the work at the institute is conducted in English. Applicants should be sure to determine the level of Spanish required for their project. Both the letter of affiliation and applicant’s Statement of Grant Purpose should address the language issue if proficiency is not required.

Additional grants in the sciences may be awarded in the Full Grant category.

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