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Fulbright Scholar Programs for Faculty

For more than 60 years, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) has helped administer the Fulbright Scholar Program, the U.S. government's flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the United States Department of State. The Fulbright Scholars programs offer U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars.

Fulbright Scholars change lives abroad and at home.

The Fulbright Scholar Program affects thousands of lives worldwide. From the lecturer or researchers who has an impact on a village or institution abroad, to the students, faculty and staff in the United States who benefit from expanded knowledge, revamped curricula and new perspectives, Fulbright Scholars make a significant difference in the lives of many. They also form lasting bonds with colleagues from other nations, gain research and teaching insights, and share in what has become known as "the Fulbright experience."

Available programs and grants

The traditional Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program has expanded to include a variety of grant opportunities, such as the Fulbright Specialists Program, the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program and the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program.

Applying for a Fulbright

If you are interested in a U.S. Fulbright Scholar grant for the 2012-2013 academic year, you may submit your qualifications beginning in February 2011. The Fulbright competition for traditional Fulbright Scholar grants traditionally opens March 1. The application deadline is August 1. Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Award and application information for all programs is posted online. Application eligibility for the various Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programs differ, but basic requirements are determined by the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizenship ( permanent resident status is not sufficient )
  • a Ph.D. or equivalent professional or terminal degree depending on the award requirements
  • college or university teaching experience at t5he level and in the field of the assignment for a proposed lecturing activity
  • foreign language proficiency as specified in the award description or as required for the completion of the proposed project. (Note: Except in certain world areas and countries, lecturing is in English.)
  • sound physical and mental health

Facts you may not know about the Fulbright Scholar Programs

Each year, the Fulbright Scholar Program looks for a wide range of scholars and professionals to represent the United States abroad. Here are some reasons why you should apply:

  1. Opportunities abound for all levels of scholars. Whether you are a tenured scholar or adjunct faculty, there are a wide range of grants suitable for your level of experience. In fact, more than 800 grants are available every year in virtually every discipline.
  2. Professionals and artists are accepted into Fulbright, too. Curious about the development of media in developing countries? Want to lecture on American jurisprudence? Fulbright offers opportunities for journalists, filmmakers, administrators, lawyers and many other professionals.
  3. Awards are flexible in length. Grants range from two months to an entire academic year. Awards for less than one year are increasingly common. And in some cases, a Fulbright grant can be extended for an additional term or year.
  4. Foreign language fluency isn't necessary to apply. Although some Fulbright Scholar awards require fluency in a foreign language, most awards—especially those in lecture—only require English.
  5. You can spend your time teaching, researching or both. Just 26 percent of Fulbright Scholar awards are for research only. Most awards are for lecturing or combined lecturing and research. Depending on the country and the grant, you have opportunities to advance your career—and your home institution's prestige internationally—in the way you see fit.
  6. You can help internationalize your home institution. As a Fulbright Scholar, you become a catalyst in forging long-lasting links between your home institution and a hosting institution. Seventy percent of randomly sampled U.S. Scholar alumni have initiated educational exchange between home and host institutions after completing their Fulbright. Three out of every four scholars incorporated aspects of their experience into courses and teaching methods.
  7. You can get help in identifying prospective host institutions. In collaboration with overseas Fulbright Commissions and Public Affairs Sections of U.S. embassies, the Fulbright program can help you make connections with potential host institutions.
  8. Taking a sabbatical isn't necessary to become a Fulbrighter. Although stipends and benefits can vary from country to country, most Fulbright awards provide enough money for you to live on during your time abroad.
  9. Many Fulbrighters take their families. Your entire family can experience new cultures and customs. Some awards provide maintenance and travel funds for accompanying dependents. Some grants even include a tuition allowance to educate school-age children.

Additional resources and information

For more information on how to apply to the Fulbright Scholar Program, please contact:

Fulbright Scholar Program
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
3007 Tilden Street, NW
Suite 5L
Washington, DC 20008-3009

Telephone: 202.686.7877
Fax: 202.362.3442
Email: apprequest@cies.iie.org