Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Approximately 310,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the program since its inception in 1946. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Around 1,200 US scholars receive awards each year. A series of Fulbright webinars provides helpful information and answer questions about awards, application process, programs offered, and more. In February, the Fulbright Scholar Program launches its catalog of awards for the following academic year. The application deadline is typically August 1.

In addition to the fellowships available to US scholars described here, other opportunities exist for US students, and foreign students and scholars as well.

Grant Categories

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program sends approximately 1,100 American scholars and professionals per year to around 125 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

The Fulbright Specialist Program, a short-term complement to the Core program, sends US faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at overseas academic institutions for a period of 2 to 6 weeks.

The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program is viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.

The Fulbright German Studies Seminar provides a firsthand look into how Germany’s political, economic, and cultural systems deal with contemporary issues over a 10-day seminar. For US scholars, the engagement in substantive dialogue with political, academic, scientific, journalistic and cultural leaders in Germany can strengthen research and teaching.

The International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminars helps international education professionals and senior higher education officials from the United States create empowering connections with the societal, cultural, and higher education systems of other countries.

The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program (on hold) brings together a network of junior scholars, professionals, and mid-career applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations to address challenging regional issues and produce tangible results in the areas of science, technology, and innovation; entrepreneurship; and sustainable energy.

New Program Innovations

Fulbright Flex Awards provide grants for US scholars to spend one to three months in the host country over a period of two to three years. This is a great opportunity for scholars who are unable to spend extended periods of time abroad.

Salary Stipend Supplements are available to US scholars on Fulbright teaching or teaching/research grants in specific countries whose grant amount is less than their gross base salary.

Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Awards provide US scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degrees—typically within the five previous years—the opportunity to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources, and to make connections with others in their fields.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language grants are now presented as a single award type, which allows interested candidates to examine and compare more than 50 country options simultaneously.