Fulbright Scholar Program

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Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship

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


Award Details
Grant Activity

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. Fulbright Public Policy Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while cultivating public policy experience in their area of expertise. The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship also includes an independent research component that focuses on an issue related to the Fellow's in-country work. 

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.

Fellows will work with ministry officials as “technical specialists”, immersing themselves in ongoing assignments and new initiatives, at the direction and under the supervision of host government officials. They will have the opportunity to work on issues related to their sector and contribute to public policy-related projects that benefit the host country. In addition, Fellows will undertake an independent research project related to their area of expertise.

Fellows will be hosted a ministry or institution 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, which will be determined on an individualized basis and will take different forms depending on the country and 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 related to the ministry placement and be adaptable 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 2021; latest start date is March 2022. 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. For Ukraine, preference will be given to grants that begin in September 2021.


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:


Fields: Combatting gender-based violence, social inclusion, anti-corruption, equality, integration, sustainability, dialogue and reconciliation, identity and diversity

Potential Host Ministries/Focus Areas: Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations, Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion, Ministry of Production, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Housing and Construction, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Mesa de Concertación de Lucha contra la Pobreza (a multiparty group that works on policies to fight poverty), and the National Council for Science, Technology, and Technical Innovation (CONCYTEC), among others

Language: Advanced (superior) Spanish is required.


Fields: Economics, Economic Development, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Education, Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Political Science, Agriculture, energy, drug issues, policy on rehabilitation of drug users, cyber crimes & cyber security, media

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


Fields: Security sector reform, environment and sustainable development, customs reorganization, justice and human rights, construction and urban planning, commerce and industry, and entrepreneurship

Potential Host Ministries: Ministry of Water and Forests, National Security Council, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Justice/Human Rights, Ministry of Construction, Housing & Urbanization, Administration of Territory and Decentralization, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Private Sector Promotion

Language: French proficiency is required.


Potential Host Ministries/Focus Areas: Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Social Policy; Ministry of Education; Ministry of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration; Ministry for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine

Language:  Level of Ukrainian depends on the ministry.  Some ministries will require a basic level of Ukrainian or Russian language skills; others work in English on a regular basis.

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
Environmental Sciences
Information Sciences/Systems
Political Science
Public Administration
Public Health
Areas of Interest

While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, there is interest in scholars who are in these particular specialty areas.

Child Labor and Protection

Economic Development

Education and STEM


Environmental Policy



Public Finance

Transparency and Good Governance

Women’s Issues

Application Deadline
Professional Project/Research
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Candidate Profile
Academics, all levels including early career
Number of Grants
Approximately 10
Program Staff
Kimberly Williams
Outreach and Recruitment Officer

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