Fulbright Scholarship

The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program of the United States of America, aimed at increasing binational collaboration, cultural understanding, and the exchange of ideas. These prestigious scholarships are awarded across senior, professional, postgraduate and postdoctoral categories in a broad range of disciplines, including science, arts, law, health and leadership.

Born in the aftermath of WWII, the program was established by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. Since its establishment, the Fulbright Program has grown to become the largest educational exchange program in the world. Since its inception in Australia in 1949, the Fulbright Commission has awarded over 5,000 scholarships, creating a vibrant and interconnected network of Australian Alumni.

The Co-Chairs of the Australian American Fulbright Commission are the Australian Prime Minister and the US Ambassador to Australia.

Go to the Australian American Fulbright Commission to find out more.

Information on the Northern Territory’s own Fulbright NT Scholarship can be found below.

Fulbright scholarship applications for research or study in the USA in 2022 are now open and close on 6 July 2021.

A Zoom information webinar has been scheduled for NT Fulbright applicants at 10.00am on 23 February 2021.

Register for the webinar

You will receive a confirmation email and further information.

Go to the Australian American Fulbright Commission webpage for more information and online applications

Dr Sarmad Akkach - Fulbright Future and Northern Territory Postgraduate Scholarship (Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation)

Dr Sarmad Akkach Sarmad, a surgical trainee and researcher with expertise in Aboriginal eye health and rural eye care delivery, is dedicated to the global eradication of preventable blindness. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) from the University of Sydney. Since graduating, he has worked in Alice Springs, Broken Hill, and Melbourne and is involved in regular outreach work in Myanmar, Ethiopia, and Vanuatu. As a Fulbright Scholar, Sarmad will undertake a Master of Public Health, where he will conduct research into novel methods of eye care delivery in rural and low-resource settings. Sarmad remains optimistic that the solution to ending cataract blindness is within reach and, through his research in the U.S., hopes to identify and work towards the most effective means of achieving this.

Dr Renee Bartolo - Senior Scholars

Renee Bartolo

Home Institution
Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist, Department of the Environment and Energy
Host InstitutionNational UAS Project Office, United States Geological Survey
Award NameFulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
DisciplineEnvironmental Assessment
Award Year2019

Renee is a Principal Research Scientist with the Supervising Scientist Branch, Department of the Environment and Energy, and is currently the Team Leader of the Ecosystem Restoration and Landform Group. The Supervising Scientist Branch is responsible for providing independent science advice on the rehabilitation of Ranger Uranium Mine, including the development of environmental standards and monitoring programs. Renee has established a leading practice drone program to undertake these activities.

Renee will use her Fulbright Scholarship to develop guidelines for the effective use of drones in environmental assessment and monitoring in collaboration with the National Unmanned Aerial System Project Office, United States Geological Survey, with a view to establish a long-term exchange of capabilities and knowledge. This project aims to address the gap between research and development in the application of drones and their operational use in measuring and monitoring the environment, particularly in government agencies.

Dr Benedict Scambary - Postdoctoral Scholars

Benedict Scambary

Home Institution 
Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority
Host Institution 
Columbia University
Award Name   
Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship
Indigenous Land Rights
Award Year2019

Ben is an anthropologist with nearly 30 years’ experience working with Aboriginal people in Australia’s Northern Territory. He has an extensive background in land claims, native title claims, cultural heritage protection, dispute mediation and agreement making, particularly in the context of mining and resource development in Australia’s remote north. Ben is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, and is responsible for the protection of sacred sites in the Northern Territory.

Ben will use his Fulbright scholarship to continue his research on livelihoods, aspirations, identity, and modes of alternate economic engagement in the context of treaties between American First Nations and the state with a focus on natural resource development projects.  He will be based in the Anthropology Department at Columbia University in New York. He intends to forge research and collaboration opportunities as the Northern Territory embarks on the negotiation of a Treaty.

Professor James A. Smith - Senior Scholars

James A.Smith

Home Institution
Menzies School of Health Research
Host InstitutionGender and Health Research Lab, School of Social Work, University of Michigan /Center for Research on Men’s Health, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Vanderbilt University
Award NameFulbright Northern Territory Scholarship Funded by the Northern Territory Government, Charles Darwin University and Blackboard Ltd.
DisciplinePublic Health.
Award Year2019

James is a Father Frank Flynn Fellow at Menzies School of Health Research, and holds honorary academic appointments at the University of Sydney, Curtin University, Charles Darwin University and the University of Saskatchewan. His applied research interests have spanned alcohol harm minimisation, Indigenous health/education, health literacy, and men’s health. James is a Fellow of the Australian Health Promotion Association, current Editor-in-Chief of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia, and an Editorial Advisory Board member of the International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health.

James’ Fulbright project will focus on synthesising global evidence to improve health promotion strategies aimed at reducing health inequities among young black men. This will involve learning from recent achievements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander male health in Australia, and comparing these with strategies adopted in African-American and Native American men’s health contexts in the U.S. This work will enhance international men’s health policy discourses.

Dr Anna Ralph - Senior Scholar – Fulbright NT Scholarship Recipient 2018

Anna Ralph

Home Institution
Menzies School of Health Research
Host InstitutionSchool of Medicine, University of California San Francisco
Award NameFulbright Northern Territory Scholar
Award Year2018

Anna is Associate Professor at the Global and Tropical Health division at Menzies School of Heath Research, a specialist in Infectious Diseases at Royal Darwin Hospital, and Clinical Director of Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia. Anna’s research goals are to improve outcomes for people with diseases of disadvantage, focusing on tuberculosis and rheumatic fever. Her research has led to health system strengthening for better tuberculosis control in eastern Indonesia; new knowledge on host responses to tuberculosis infection; research capacity building in Australian Aboriginal communities; and improved understanding of the diagnosis and management of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

This opportunity will allow Anna to draw on world-class implementation research skills at UCSF to develop a comprehensive strategy for the elimination of rheumatic heart disease as a public health problem. Skills gained will also strengthen the Menzies tuberculosis research program, and will build important valuable ties.

David Crook  - Fulbright Professional Scholar

David Crook

Home Institution 
Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University
Host Institution 
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Award Name   
Fulbright Professional Scholarship
Fisheries Research
Award Year2018

David is a Principal Research Fellow at the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University in Darwin. He has more than 20 years of experience in fish ecology research, primarily focussing on the significance of fish migration for ecosystem connectivity, aquatic food web structure and function, threatened species conservation and sustainable fishery management.

David will use his Fulbright scholarship to undertake collaborative research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts and Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service in Corvallis, Oregon. Analyses of fish otoliths (earstones) will be used to quantify the transport of assimilated energy and nutrients across ecosystem boundaries by migratory fish, using barramundi from tropical Australia and Pacific salmon from the temperate USA as case studies. The project will help support sustainable fishery management and provides an opportunity for ongoing collaboration among fisheries scientists in Australia and the U.S.

Amy Dennison - Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship

Amy Dennison

Home Institution
Northern Territory Government
Host InstitutionTBC
Award NameFulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy
DisciplinePublic Policy
Award Year2018

Amy works for the Northern Territory Government in energy and environment policy. She is interested in how government and industry can ensure the ecologically sustainable development of non-renewable resources. Amy has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering with first class Honours and the University Medal and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. She placed first and received the Dean’s Medal for her Master of Laws in Mineral Law and Policy from the University of Dundee in the UK. Amy has worked as an environmental engineer in India, a corporate lawyer in Sydney and New York, and with traditional Aboriginal owners as land rights and native title lawyer in the Northern Territory.

Amy will use the Fulbright Scholarship to undertake a mid-career Masters of Public Affairs at a leading Public Policy school in the United States. Her long-term goal is to lead the development of policies and laws that will ensure the sustainable development of energy and resource projects in Australia.

Professor Timothy A. Carey - 2017 Fulbright Senior Scholar

Timothy A Carey

Home Institution
Flinders University
Host InstitutionCenter for Behavioural Health Innovation, Antioch University New England
Award NameFulbright Northern Territory Senior Scholarship
DisciplineClinical Psychology
Award Year2017

Tim is Director of the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. He is a clinical psychologist researcher and clinician and is particularly interested in improving patients’ control in health care settings in terms of the way in which services are designed and delivered, as well as how patients are able to access these services. Patient control is especially important in remote settings where access to services is compromised and health outcomes lag unacceptably behind the health enjoyed by urban citizens.

Tim will use his time on the Fulbright Scholarship to develop research training for practicing health professionals in conjunction with colleagues at the Center for Behavioural Health Innovation at Antioch University so that health professionals in remote and other underserved communities can evaluate and improve the programs and services they offer for the benefit of the patients they serve.

On 23 May Charles Darwin University hosted a reception in honour of Professor Tim Carey.

 2017 Fulbright NT Scholar Reception hosted by Charles Darwin University : L-R Ms Maryanne McKaige Fulbright NT Secretary, Dr Kevin Gillan NT Department of Education, Dr Pablo Jimenez Australian American Fulbright Commission, Professor Timothy Carey Fulbright NT Senior Scholar, Professor Sue Carthew CDU Provost, Professor Yolanda Moses Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Competence, Ms Tara Hawley Australian American Fulbright Commission

Since 2009 the NT has celebrated nine outstanding Fulbright NT Scholarship recipients and three American Fulbright scholars.

Read about past Fulbright Scholars.

In 2010 the Northern Territory became the last jurisdiction in Australia to join the Fulbright Scholarship Program, with a sponsored NT scholarship supported by Charles Darwin University, Blackboard Australia and the NT Government.

The Fulbright NT Scholarship is only open to Northern Territory residents (all Fulbright Scholarship applicants must be Australian citizens) and can be awarded in any scholarship category – Postgraduate, Postdoctoral, Senior or Professional.

Applicants must apply online on the Fulbright website. In the first round of the selection process applicants are assessed and shortlisted by the Northern Territory Fulbright Selection Committee. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by the Committee in Darwin, NT, the Committee will then make recommendations to the Fulbright National Selection Committee on the preferred candidate/s. Shortlisted NT Fulbright applicants are also automatically considered in the national Fulbright Scholarships pool.

Fulbright NT Scholarship Sponsors

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For further information about Fulbright events in the Northern Territory or the Fulbright NT Scholarship please contact:

Maryanne McKaige
Fulbright NT Secretary
T: 0428 899 500
E: maryanne.mckaige@cdu.edu.au