Fulbright Opportunities for Faculty and Staff

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Explore Syracuse University Fulbright Opportunities for Faculty and Staff

  • The Specialist Program is designed to provide short-term academic collaboration opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals.
  • The Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (FRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities for faculty to engage in full-time research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement, and area studies not generally included in U.S. curricula
  • The 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 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 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 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.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

U.S. Scholar Program 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 Syracuse University faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. Browse the awards catalog.

U.S. Scholar Program 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.

U.S. Scholar Program 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).

2023-24 U.S. Scholar Program Timeline

TIMELINE: General TIMELINE: 2023-24 Competition
Early February
Competition Opens
February, 2022
Competition Opens
Application Deadline;
all materials, including letters of recommendation, due
September 15, 2022
Application Deadline; all materials, including letters of recommendation, due
U.S. Peer Review
U.S. Peer Review
Applicants notified of peer review status
Applicants notified of peer review status
In-country review
In-country review
Applicants notified of final selection status
Applicants notified of final selection status

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

The 2023-24 U.S. Scholar Program competition is NOW OPEN.

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

Program Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

U.S. Scholar Catalog of Awards 2023-2024

Register for a Webinar. Webinars are a valuable resource for prospective applicants and U.S. institutions to learn more about Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities. Hear directly from Program Staff as they share details about awards by region, discipline or program, as well as offer general application advice and answer questions live from attendees.

Alumni Ambassadors. Alumni Ambassadors are recent alumni that apply to serve as official representatives for the Fulbright Scholar Program. They serve for a 2-year term representing a variety of disciplines in various institutions across the U.S.  Alumni Ambassadors showcase program impact, encourage peers to apply and serve as a resource for Fulbright Scholar Program leadership and Outreach team.