Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

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OVERVIEW

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers approximately 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. Browse the awards catalog.

EXPLORE

The Fulbright Specialist Program is designed to provide short-term academic collaboration opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals.

The Fulbright Flex Awards, available for some awards, allow applicants to propose multiple stays of one to three months in the host country over a period of two years, rather than a single, more extended residency.

Postdoctoral awards offer opportunities in a range of countries and fields for applicants in the five years after their doctorate. These awards present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources, and to make connections with others in their fields.

The Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Awards are the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be senior scholars with more than seven years in their discipline or area of expertise and have a significant publication and teaching record.

Fulbright International Education Administrators Program introduce university administrators at various levels to the society, culture, and higher education systems of France Germany, India, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan. These short-term programs involve campus visits, meetings with foreign colleagues and government officials, attendance at cultural events, and briefings on education. Participants return to their home campuses with broadened perspectives on the global world that is higher education today.

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative brings together a network of scholars, professionals and applied researchers from the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience

The Fulbright Global Scholar Award allows U.S. academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to propose research or combined teaching/research activity in two to three countries with flexible schedule options; trips can be conducted within one academic year or spread over two consecutive years.

The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. early and mid-career professionals and practitioners to serve in placements in a foreign government ministry or institution around the world.

The Fulbright-Hays Program awards grants to individual U.S. K-14 pre-teachers, teachers and administrators, pre-doctoral students and postdoctoral faculty, as well as to U.S. institutions and organizations. Funding supports research and training efforts overseas, which focus on non-Western foreign languages and area studies.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Project Statement (Up to 5 pages)
  • CV/Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation (two)
  • Bibliography (Required for Research and Teaching/Research awards, up to 3 pages)
  • Syllabi (Required for Teaching and Teaching/Research awards, up to 10 pages)

Note: Additional items, such as letter of invitation from host institution or language proficiency, may be required or recommended by award description. Digital Portfolios are required for applicants in the creative/performing arts.

ELIGIBILITY

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • 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.
  • Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree, as specified.
  • Foreign language proficiency as specified in the award description. (Note: Except in certain world areas, English is sufficient for teaching activities.)
  • Limitations apply to previous Fulbright Scholar Grantees.
  • Research Applicants are expected to have substantial professional, scholarly, or artistic accomplishments and have made recognized contributions to their fields.
  • Teaching Applicants are expected to have teaching experience relevant to the proposed course topic(s).

TIMELINE 

TIMELINE: General TIMELINE: 2022-23 Competition
Early February
Competition Opens
February 3, 2021
Competition Opens
Mid-September
Application Deadline;
all materials, including letters of recommendation, due
September 15, 2021
Application Deadline; all materials, including letters of recommendation, due
October-November
U.S. Peer Review
October-November
U.S. Peer Review
November-December
Applicants notified of peer review status
November-December
Applicants notified of peer review status
December-April
In-country review
December-April
In-country review
January-May
Applicants notified of final selection status
January-May
Applicants notified of final selection status

Note: This timeline may not apply to IEA seminars as they have varied deadlines.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2022-23 competition is NOW OPEN.

Prospective applicants should register for My Fulbright to receive the latest program updates, webinar schedules, helpful resources, and suggestions for application assistance.

RESOURCES FOR THE 2022-23 COMPETITION

Fulbright Program Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Catalog of Awards 2022-2023

Webinar: Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program: What’s New for 2022-23 (Delivered 2/3/2021). This webinar is designed to highlight new Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities for the 2022-2023 academic year. Program Staff present on new awards across all regions and answer questions from attendees. Information about all upcoming and past webinars may be found on the Fulbright U.S. Scholar website.