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

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.

Review Criteria

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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Application Instructions

When you are ready to start your application, please read the detailed instructions for navigating the application system, uploading your materials, and submitting your application.

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  2. Good morning this is Buyinza Moses and am so grateful for the good opportunity given to the students to prosper and reach their dream.

  3. Good evening Sir ,madam I am a teacher of English from Tunisia and I would like to apply for this scholarship

    and to teach too . I woul be glad to be accepted . Thank you .

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    My names are MARGARET MUKUNTA I would love to study INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT if given the opportunity.

  5. Still my heart is afraid to lost this opportunity, please help me? i went to steady MBA Biostatistics with fully founded, in your institution. please help me?


    Good afternoon, I really need this scholarship to do my PhD . I will be very grateful is given the opportunity. I’m from Cameroon

  7. Uzoma Mary Cynthia Chibugo

    Hello,am a recent college graduate,I had aspired to study in US for long,I would be happy if u indulge me.

  8. My name is ikong Daniel, am from Nigeria, am interested sir/ma, i finished my high school but no money further, please help me

  9. Iam feras ben halem from libya Iam urologist resident in libya I hope to be of your choosing in this scolarchips to complete fuul learing in the best country of world and take my chance and thank you

  10. My name is Wondimagegn Legesse Ana.
    I’m from Ethiopia.
    I’m 28.
    I graduated by Building construction technology, from Federal TVET Institute. Ethiopia. And
    I wants to continue my education by a related field.
    Thank you !!!

  11. My name is Wondimagegn Legesse Ana.
    I’m from Ethiopia.
    I’m 28.
    I graduated by Building construction technology, from Federal TVET Institute. Ethiopia. And
    I wants to continue my education by a related field.
    Thank you !!!

  12. Hi, I’m Doloson N. Dolo, from Liberia.
    I’m so much interested in studying abroad. Am interested in the said fully founded scholarship program.

  13. Hi, I’m Jose Correia, from Cape Verde.
    I’m so much interested in studying abroad. Am interested in the said fully founded scholarship program. I am graduated in Graphic design in Portugal…. So now i really want to study computer programming … Please Help me.

  14. It has been my biggest dream to study in this university but money has been a great hindrance,all hope seems lost until I found this post.pls help out in every possible way u can,I will be more than grateful

  15. Hi,I am Ermias Mekonnen from the great country Ethiopia.I have MSC in physics and MA in business administration from Addis Ababa university.I am interested to do my PhD in any of the two fields.

  16. I am intrested un studing in the USA
    I am a sierra Leonean,I am 20 years old and am all so intrested in the programm

  17. My name is Teshome Bekele Bachore. I want to study at this institution. I hope you support me by providing information. I look forward to hearing from you.

  18. This is a golden opportunity for me to form part of the application process for this scholarship program. I will highly appreciate when I am selected to study in the USA.

  19. I am interested in the scholarship. I earned Bsc. (bachelor’s degree of Science in Biology), MPH (Masters in Public Health(Epidemiology)) and (MA) in Educational Administration and Supervision. My country is a developing country that is in great need of educated people to help improve the system with new ideas. When our minds are developed with outside experience, in my belief, setters like health, education, and security of the citizens will change and improve. My desire is growing towards PhD. In either of the vacant or available areas.

  20. I am interesting to study there in order to get my master degree.because i am graduated in 2020 in Agroforestery(licence degree).i am Guinean by nationality.
    I look forward to hearing from you !!!

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  22. Hello, am here to inform you that I have been searching for these kinds of alternatives for long periods, but now I guess I will have this type of opportunity that I have looking for so a long,
    I want to further my education to complete my career in advance, I study technology (IT) but I don’t complete It because of financial problems and I need to complete it because that’s my career for now.
    And I think this is my opportunity to change my life by winning this opportunity and i thank you for sharing this Fulbright scholar program. I appreciate everything you have done and helped people with their needs
    Thank you
    Man Sally F Bah
    From the Gambia
    Best Regards…..

  23. Hello Sir/Ma
    My name is Joy Bornu please am seriously in need of this scholarship, I pray you grant my request

  24. Hello. I’m Ziarmal Shirzad I’m in touch with you from Afghanistan I’m graduated from school on 2022. And i am look for scholarship from any where is it. Please help me.

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