Welcome to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Catalog of Awards2022-2023
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: September 15, 2021
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- U.S. citizenship
- Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship at the time of application. Permanent residence is not sufficient.
- 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.
Timeline and Review Criteria
|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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- What type of teaching, research, or professional project can I propose?
- Award descriptions indicate which type of project is acceptable. Some awards accept Teaching only, Research only, a combination of Teaching and Research, or professional projects. Each activity has unique submission requirements.
- Are there opportunities to conduct a project during the summer?
- The timeframe is indicated in each award description, and while most awards follow the academic calendar in the host country, some awards may allow projects in the summer months, especially if no teaching is involved.
- If I am selected, can I take my family?
- Most awards have no restrictions on accompanying dependents and some provide additional support for dependents. Please check the award description for details.
- Can I apply to more than one country or more than one award?
- You can only apply to one award per cycle. The majority of awards are for a single country. For multi-country projects, please search for Global or multi-country awards.
- Can I apply to the Scholar program if I am on the Fulbright Specialist roster?
- Yes; however, grant periods cannot overlap.
- What are the financial benefits?
- Award stipend and benefits vary by country and type of award, but are intended to cover a stipend, and travel and living costs in-country. Please refer to the award description for more information.
- I am a retired academic or professional. Can I still go on a Fulbright grant?
- Yes; the Fulbright Scholar program welcomes applicants at all stages of their careers.
- Do I need Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to apply to an award?
- IRB approval is not required at the time of application; however, applicants must abide by all ethical requirements before commencing their research on human and/or animal subjects through a Fulbright award.
- Can I apply to the Scholar program to fund MA/PhD research?
- No. Please visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website.
- Who can I contact at my institution for assistance?
- Over 1,400 academic institutions and professional associations across the United States have Fulbright Scholar Liaisons, a network of faculty and administrators who can guide you. We encourage you to connect with the Liaison at your institution for assistance with your application and your institution’s process for participating in the Fulbright program.
What do I need to start my application?
|Project Statement||Up to 5 pages|
|CV/Resume||Up to 6 pages; up to 8 pages for Distinguished Chair awards|
|Letters of Recommendation||Two|
|Bibliography||Required for Research and Teaching/Research awards, up to 3 pages|
|Syllabi/course outlines||Required for Teaching and Teaching/Research awards, up to 10 pages|
|Letter of Invitation from host institution||Only if required or recommended by award description|
|Language proficiency||Only if required or recommended by award description|
|Digital Portfolio||Digital Portfolio Only for applicants in the creative/performing arts. Portfolios are limited to no more than 10 images, 15 pages in length or 30 minutes of audiovisual files.|
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.
Teach undergraduate or graduate courses in any discipline taught at the host institution. Collaborate with faculty on staff training and curriculum development. Conduct research in the area of specialization. Consult with relevant government ministries/civil society organizations to improve and...
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This professional project grant is for specialists in the field of journalism and communications to work with the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD). CSD is a Sofia-based European policy institute, combining knowledge on economics, law, criminology, political science, and sociology. Its...
The Border designation of this award refers to geography as well as focus. The goal of the Fulbright Border Scholar Travel Award is to enhance linkages and collaborative work between U.S. and Mexican institutions and scholars in the border regions. Grantees maintain their U.S. residence and...
For research or teaching, or a combination of teaching and research activities. Teaching can include co-teaching, guest lectures, workshops, seminars. Depending on the department, it is likely that the grantee will also work with faculty on curriculum and program development. The applicant may...