The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is the largest program of its kind in the United States, awarding more than 800 fellowships annually. Over 400 different types of opportunities are available to teach, research and conduct professional projects in more than 135 countries. Whether you are higher education faculty and administrators, or, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, and independent scholars outside of the academy, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program has international opportunities to fit your needs and further your goals.
Deadline Sept 15, 2021
- Residency abroad
- Applicants who have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the application deadline are ineligible. A period of nine months or more during a calendar year constitutes a full year.
- Degree and/or Experience
- Award descriptions specify where a Ph.D., other terminal degree, or comparable professional qualifications are required. Current faculty, administrators, and experienced professionals are encouraged to apply. Postdoctoral candidates are encouraged to apply for postdoctoral awards. However, graduate or doctoral students seeking funding to complete their degrees are ineligible. Recent college graduates with limited professional experience are ineligible and should instead apply to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
- Prior Fulbright Scholar Awards
- Recipients of a Fulbright Scholar award are eligible to apply for another award two years after the date of completion of the previous award. Recipients of a Fulbright Specialist Program grant are not required to adhere to the two-year waiting period before applying for a Fulbright Scholar award. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Scholar award.
- Department of State employees and their immediate family
- Employees and their immediate families (i.e. spouses and dependent children) of the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, and of public or private organizations under contract to the U.S. Department of State are ineligible to apply for a Fulbright award until one year after termination of such employment.
Which award is right for me?
- Fulbright Scholar Awards comprise the bulk of awards offered and include opportunities for professionals, artists, and scholars at all career-levels. Location and eligibility vary across all awards, and some awards may be restricted to certain career levels or types of scholars. This information is outlined in the award description. The Global Scholar Award and the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship are unique opportunities within the Fulbright Scholar awards.
- Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Awards
- Distinguished Scholar awards are viewed as the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Awards are open to scholars who have more than seven years of experience in their discipline or area of expertise, though some awards may further restrict eligibility. Distinguished Scholars are expected to actively engage host institutions in a spirit of promoting mutual understanding and sharing knowledge.
- Fulbright Postdoctoral Awards
- Postdoctoral Awards provide recently graduate scholars an opportunity to conduct research and receive professional training abroad. Awards may involve limited teaching. Postdocs are open to scholars who will have received a doctoral degree (Ph.D., J.D., M.D., Ed.D., etc.) within five years of the fellowship start date. Degree conferment before the start of the award is mandatory. Institutional affiliation in the U.S. is not required.
- Fulbright International Education Administrator Awards
- This award provides international education professionals and senior higher education officials an opportunity to engage in a two-week intensive seminar to learn about the host country’s education system and establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues.
February 1 Competition Opens September 15 Application deadline; all materials, including letters of recommendation, due October-1 Letter of Invitation deadline for awards that require it October-November U.S. Peer Review November-December Applicants notified of peer review status December-April In country review January-May Applicants notified of final selection status
Note: This timeline may not apply to IEA seminars as they have varied deadlines.
- Applicant training, background, and experience:
- The applicant possesses the training, credentials, and active professional standing, as appropriate for their project, discipline, and career path, and meets all stated requirements for the award, including language proficiency (if applicable).
- Quality of project:
- The project is feasible, original, well-designed, innovative, and demonstrates relevance and currency to the discipline.
- Project’s potential impact, outcome, and benefits:
- The project demonstrates broad, sustainable impact beyond the length of the award period and clearly describes plans to disseminate results.
- Personal qualities:
- The applicant displays an ability to be adaptable, culturally sensitive, collegial, and can serve as a cultural ambassador for the U.S.
- Veteran status:
- Preference is given to veterans of the U.S. armed forces when other factors are equivalent.
- Awards shall not authorize engagement in pastoral, missionary, or other professional religious activities nor activities for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required.
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