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Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

9529-MC

Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship

  • Multi-country
  • Burma
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Peru
  • Ukraine
Global
East Asia and the Pacific
Africa, Sub-Saharan
Western Hemisphere
Europe and Eurasia

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Award Details
Grant Activity

The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. early and mid-career professionals and practitioners to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments around the world. Fulbright Public Policy Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while cultivating public policy experience in their desired area of expertise. The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship also includes an independent research component that focuses on an issue that is beneficial for the host ministry and the Fellow. 

The Fellows will have an opportunity to build their knowledge and skills, provide support to partner country institutions, and promote long-term ties between the U.S. and the partner country through this flexible and innovative Fulbright program.

Fellows will work with ministry officials as “technical specialists” where they will assist by immersing themselves in ongoing assignments and new initiatives, at the direction and under the supervision of host government officials, related to their sector and contribute to public policy-related projects that benefit the host country. In addition, Fellows will undertake a self-directed independent research project related to their area of expertise.

Fellows will be hosted by their relevant ministry and spend approximately 80% of their time carrying out ministry-directed projects. Approximately 20% of their time will be dedicated to their independent research project. Fellows must work with their ministry supervisors to agree upon a schedule to carry out the required time commitment.  The schedule will be determined on an individualized basis and will take different forms depending on the country and responsibilities in the placement.

The research project is expected to be an independent project proposed during the application phase, but should be focused on a field or sector and relate to the ministry placement and be adaptable to correspond to the work done in the ministry.

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.
Grant Length
Minimum length of the total grant is four months and the maximum is nine months
Grant Dates

Earliest start date is July 2019; latest start date is May 2020. Grants for the Fulbright Public Policy have a flexible start date and also flexible timeframe of a semester or academic year (4-9 months), with sufficient time to carry out the goals of the project.

Locations

Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships are available in: Burma, Cote d'Ivoire, Peru, Ukraine.

US Embassies, Fulbright Commissions (where applicable), and host country governments will coordinate placements in a host country ministry or institution in a variety of public policy areas. 

All qualified applicants with skills applicable to public policy in any field are eligible and encouraged to apply.  Preferred fields of interest and/or potential ministry hosts, along with language requirements, for each country are:

PERU:

Potential Host Ministries/Focus Areas: Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Communities, Ministry of Social Inclusion, and the Mesa de Concertación de Lucha contra la Pobreza (a multiparty group that works on policies to fight poverty).

Language: Advanced (superior) Spanish is required.

BURMA: 

Fields: Economics, Infrastructure, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Education, Environmental Science, Communications, Political Science, Agriculture, Economic Development, Energy, Environmental Policy, Public Finance, Women's Issues

Language: Fulbright Public Policy Fellows for Burma do not need Myanmar language proficiency skills, though they are helpful.  Fellows communicating in English are strongly encouraged to use simple, clear English spoken slowly with counterparts until their facility with English is clear.

COTE D'IVOIRE:

Fields: Education and STEM; Economic Diplomacy; Security Sector Reform; Transparency and good government/anti-corruption; Agronomics and Cocoa sector; Child labor and child protection

Potential Host Ministries: Ministry of National Education et Technical Education; Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research; Ministry of Youth, Youth Employment and Civic Service; Ministry of Salubrity, Environment, and Sustainable Development; Ministry of Agriculture; Ministry of Women, Children Protection and Solidarity; Office of the President; Office of the Vice President; Ministry of Interior; Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Language: French proficiency is required.

UKRAINE:

Potential Host Ministries/Focus Areas:

Ministry of Education on quality control, academic integrity and student mobility

Ministry of Health on strategic communications regarding reforms in the health sector

Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs in Ukraine

Proposals are also encouraged in areas of strategic communications and countering disinformation

Language:  Level of Ukrainian depends on ministry.  Preferred: basic level of Ukrainian or Russian language skills for some specific ministries; others work in English on a regular basis.

Fellows will work with ministry officials as technical specialists where they will assist by immersing themselves in ongoing assignments and new initiatives, at the direction and under the supervision of host government officials, related to their sector and contribute to public policy-related projects that benefit the host country.

Fellows will undertake a self-directed, independent research project related to their area of expertise. This project should focus on a public policy issue that is beneficial for the host country and the Fellow.

Fellows will be hosted by their relevant ministry and spend approximately 80% of their time carrying out ministry directed projects.  Approximately 20% of their time will be dedicated to their independent research project. Fellows must work with their ministry supervisors, in coordination with their US Embassy/Fulbright Commission contact, to agree upon a schedule to carry out the required time commitment. The schedule will be determined on an individualized basis and will take different forms depending on the country and responsibilities in the placement.

Flex Option
No
Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in the following disciplines are preferred:
Disciplines
Agriculture
Communications
Economics
Environmental Sciences
Information Sciences
Law
Political Science
Public Administration
Public/Global Health
Specializations

Child Labor and Protection

Economic Development

Education and STEM

Energy

Environmental Policy

Infrastructure

Justice

Public Finance

Transparency and Good Governance

Women’s Issues

Number of Grants
Approximately 10 globally (expected at least two per country), depending on individual grant lengths and overall global budget
Activity
Professional Project/Research
Category
Core (Open to all levels of scholars, including early career)
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Application Deadline
Closed
Program Staff
Phone: 
415-362-6520 x200
Email: 

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