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Fulbright grants for u s faculty and professionals

Fulbright Grants for U.S. Facultyand Professionals


Fulbright scholar program

Fulbright Scholar Program

  • U.S. government’s premiere exchange program

  • Created in 1946 by legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright

  • Sends over 750 U.S. academics and professionals abroad each year

  • Brings 750 foreign scholars and professionals to the U.S.

  • Funded by U.S. government, host countries, universities, corporations and foundations

  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

  • Administered by the Council For International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

Grants in 140 countries available for

Grants in 140 countries available for:

  • U.S. faculty

  • Administrators

  • Professionals

Types of Awards

  • Lecturing

  • Research

  • Lecturing/Research

  • Seminars

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship

  • For faculty, a master’s or Ph.D.

  • For professionals/artists outside academe, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments

  • Teaching experience at the level required by award

  • Cannot have lived abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding application

  • At least three years since any previous Fulbright award (not including seminars or student awards)

  • Sound mental and physical health

  • No felonies

Language requirement

Language Requirement

  • Most lecturing awards are in English

  • Latin America countries usually require Spanish or Portuguese

  • Francophone Africa generally requires French

  • Research awards may require knowledge of language appropriate to project

  • Check award description!

U s fulbright opportunities

U.S. Fulbright Opportunities

  • Distinguished Chairs Program

  • Traditional worldwide awards

  • Seminars for administrators

Distinguished chairs program

Distinguished Chairs Program

  • Application Deadline MAY 1

  • 34 awards available in 13 countries in Europe and North America

  • Majority of awards for lecturing

  • Applicants must have prominent record of scholarly accomplishment

  • Submit letter of interest and curriculum vita

  • Contact: kadams@iie.org

Worldwide grants for u s faculty and professionals

Worldwide Grants for U.S. Facultyand Professionals

  • Application deadline AUGUST 1

  • Awards in 140 countries



Lecturing /




Special multi country awards

Special Multi-Country Awards

  • African Regional Research Awards

  • Minority Studies Regional Research Program

  • European Union Affairs Research Award

  • Middle East, North Africa, South Asia Regional Research Program

  • Aegean Initiative in Greece and Turkey

Special joint country awards

Special Joint Country Awards

  • Argentina/Uruguay--Environmental Sciences

  • Argentina/Brazil/Uruguay Joint Award in Trade Integration: Mercosur and NAFTA

  • Austria/Hungary--Joint Research Award

Seminars for administrators

Seminars for Administrators

  • Application Deadline NOVEMBER 1

  • Two- to three-week programs in Germany, Japan and Korea

  • Open to full-time administrators affiliated with a four- or two-year college or university

  • Applicants should be involved with international programs

Why apply for a fulbright

Why Apply for a Fulbright?

  • Meet new colleagues and establish new institutional linkages

  • Help internationalize home and host institutions

  • Understand your discipline in a global context

  • Gain new teaching and research insights

  • Increase personal knowledge of another country

  • Share your knowledge

  • Provide opportunity for spouse and family to experience a different culture

How to apply

How to Apply

  • Use CIES Web Site www.cies.org

    • From home page, find links to discipline lists as well as complete listing of awards by country

    • Check stipend information and program overview

    • Consult ‘Tips for Prospective Applicants’

    • Downloading the application requires MS Word 6.0 or higher or Acrobat 3.0 or higher

    • Read both general instructions and electronic file instructions

    • Consult the site for updated award information

Fulbright grants for u s faculty and professionals

  • Use the printed Awards Book

  • Request from CIES

    • 3007 Tilden Street, NW

      Suite 5L

      Washington, DC 20008-3009

      Phone: 202/686-7877

    • E-mail: apprequest@iie.org

  • Be sure to read initial instructions

To select an award

To select an award

  • Check index

  • Check stipend chart

  • Read country information

  • Read specific award description

  • Consider ‘Any Field’ award if no specific award matches your expertise

For additional help

For additional help

  • Check country and host institution Web sites

  • Contact CIES program officer(s) with

    questions about specific awards or countries

Making Contacts Abroad

  • Check CIES Web site for host institution

  • Ask CIES program officer for university contact sheets

  • Talk with visiting scholars from other countries

  • Ask international division of your professional organization for ideas

Submitting a competitive application

Submitting a Competitive Application

  • Meet all eligibility requirements

  • Write a clear, focused proposal

  • Follow instructions and format precisely

  • Make certain application is complete

  • Meet application deadline

  • Get three good reference letters

    • One from a person to whom you report at your institution (crucial for teaching report)

    • One from someone not at your institution

    • One from a colleague who knows your work well

Fulbright grants for u s faculty and professionals

  • Consider the audience when you write the proposal

  • Focus on what you plan to DO--not your biography

  • Write so that people outside your field can understand your project and why it is important

Special tips for

Special tips for:

  • Lecturing awards

  • Research awards

  • Lecturing/research awards

Lecturing awards

Lecturing Awards

  • DO your homework: research host country and host institution

  • WHAT will you teach?

  • HOW will you teach the material in a different culture?

  • WHY are you suited for this award?

  • Make certain your expertise matches award description

  • Check to see if a letter of invitation is needed for ‘Any Field’ awards

  • Include sample syllabi for courses planned

  • Explain why you want to teach in this particular country

Research awards

Research Awards

  • WHAT is your project?

  • HOW do you propose to do the research?

  • WHY is this research needed?

  • WHAT will be contributed to both countries and the discipline?

  • WHY must this research be done in this country?

  • Is the research strategy feasible, and is there adequate time for the project?

  • Consider the culture and politics of the host country

  • Discuss dissemination plan for research results

Lecturing research awards

Lecturing/Research Awards

  • Follow directions for completing a lecturing application AND directions for completing a research application

  • Divide the 5-page proposal proportionally between lecturing and research (50/50 or other ratio)

Reviewers look for

Reviewers Look For:

  • Suitability for award (match)

  • Publication and scholarly record in relation to career stage

  • Teaching ability

  • Innovative projects and methodology

  • Project feasibility

  • Value to discipline, scholar, host country

  • Benefits to home and host institutions

  • Evidence of host country interest

  • Demonstrated need to be in country to accomplish project

  • Applicant’s cultural sensitivity

Review selection process

Review/Selection Process

  • Applications first screened by U.S. peer review committees

  • List of recommended candidates then sent to each country and to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

  • Final selection is made in country after approval by Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

Notification time table

Notification Time Table

  • JULY--letter sent to Distinguished Chairs applicants regarding status after U.S. review

  • DECEMBER--letter sent regarding status after U.S. review for traditional world wide awards

  • Selections for Distinguished Chairs occur in December and January

  • Selection dates for August 1 awards vary by country--generally February through April

  • All recommended applicants receive letters on their final status from the Chair of the Foreign Scholarship Board

Grant benefits

Grant Benefits

  • Stipends and benefits vary considerably from country to country

  • Consult Awards Book or CIES Web site for details

  • Payment is made in local currency or U.S. dollars

Contact cies

Contact CIES

  • Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

    3007 Tilden Street, NW, Suite 5L

    Washington, DC 20008-3009


  • E-mails:

    apprequest@iie.org (to request an application)

    scholars@iie.org (questions about the program)

Alumni initiatives awards program

Alumni Initiatives Awards Program

  • Develop and sustain ongoing contacts initiated as a result of the Fulbright experience

  • Current and former U.S. Fulbrighters who have received CIES administered grants from 1995-96 to 2000-01 (grant completed by 2/1/01) are eligible to apply

  • Proposal should demonstrate evidence of commitment on part of scholar’s home institution to the project

  • 20 to 25 awards from $1,000 to $20,000

  • Application deadline JUNE 1

  • Contact Micaela Iovine, miovine@.iie.org

Fulbright senior specialist program

Fulbright Senior Specialist Program

  • Short-term Fulbright grants of two to six weeks

  • Worldwide coverage

  • Open to U.S. scholars and art, law and journalism professionals

  • Opportunities to collaborate with foreign colleagues on faculty and curriculum development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities

  • Contact fulspec@cies.iie.org

Specialist program administration

Specialist Program Administration

  • CIES builds rosters of candidates in each program field through an open application process

  • Approved candidates matched with requests from Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassies

  • List of finalists sent overseas for final selection

  • Benefits include travel and lodging plus $200 per day honorarium

  • Application materials available at: http://www.iie.org/cies/specialist

Fulbright visiting scholar programs

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Programs


Visiting scholar program

Visiting Scholar Program

  • Foreign scholars apply in home country to conduct research, lecture or pursue combined lecturing/research in the U.S.

  • Scholars tend to go primarily to large research institutions

  • U.S. academics or campuses wishing to host a Visiting Scholar can

    • invite overseas colleague to consider spending two months to an academic year at their institution

    • suggest the scholar contact Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in his country

    • provide scholar with detailed letter of invitation

    • contact CIES for advice, assistance recruiting

Scholar in residence program

Scholar - in ‑Residence Program

  • Overseas academics and professionals lecture for term or academic year in the arts, humanities social sciences or fields focusing on international issues

  • Principal objective is to bring scholars and professionals to campuses that do not often have access to such scholars

  • Can also help campuses initiate international programs, an internationalized curriculum or global studies

  • Preference is given to

    • small liberal arts colleges

    • community colleges

    • minority ‑serving institutions

Fulbright grants for u s faculty and professionals

  • Research institutions with both undergraduate and graduate programs may also participate

  • Proposals from consortia encouraged

  • Campuses wishing to host scholars‑in‑residence should

    • Suggest suitable candidates

    • Or contact CIES for help recruiting

    • Submit institutional proposals for Fulbright funding

    • Be prepared to share costs, depending on financial capacity

  • Application deadline NOVEMBER 1

European union scholar in residence program

European Union Scholar ‑in‑Residence Program

  • Part of Scholar‑in‑Residence Program, but separate funding

  • Senior European Union official or university faculty come for academic term or year

  • Designed for research and graduate institutions that have established programs in international affairs, business, political science or related fields

  • Campuses who wish to host EU scholars should

    • Contact CIES

Occasional lecturing program

Occasional Lecturing Program

  • Open to all campuses

  • Preference for small and minority‑serving campuses

  • Scholars come from the Visiting Scholar, Scholar-in-Residence and European Union Scholar‑in‑Residence programs

  • Two‑to‑three‑day visit usually

  • Campuses who wish to host Occasional Lecturers should

    • Choose scholar from CIES Directory of Visiting Scholars (available each Fall, print and online versions)

    • Contact scholar directly and issue invitation (scholar requests own travel funding from CIES)

    • Campus should be prepared to provide local transportation, accommodations and meals

Contact cies1

Contact CIES

  • scholars@iie.org or Call


  • Materials available include

    • Directory of Visiting Fulbright Scholars

    • Occasional Lecturer flyer

    • Scholar-in-Residence Guidelines and sample proposals

    • European Union Scholar-in-Residence Guidelines

Other fulbright programs

Other Fulbright Programs

  • Fulbright Graduate Students Program

    • for predoctoral study and research abroad

    • managed by Institute of International Education, IIE

  • Fulbright Teacher Exchange

    • principally for primary- and secondary- level educators

    • managed by United States Department of Agriculture, USDA

Graduate student fulbright awards

Graduate Student Fulbright Awards

  • Institute of International Education

    809 United Nations Plaza

    New York, NY 10017

  • www.IIE.org/Fulbright

  • 212/984-5330

Fulbright teacher exchange

Fulbright Teacher Exchange

  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Graduate School

    600 Maryland Avenue, SW

    Room 320

    Washington, DC 20024-2520

  • www.grad.usda.gov/International/ftep.html

  • fulbright@grad.usda.gov

  • 800-726-0479 (to request application)

  • 202/314-3520 (to speak with a staff member)

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