Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. 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 U.S. 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.

In addition to the fellowships available to U.S. scholars described here, other opportunities exist for U.S. 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 U.S. 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 Arctic Initiative will support a team of scholars and researchers from the Arctic Council member countries to research and assess the impact of change in the Arctic and engage in collaborative thinking, analysis and problem solving. Scholars will come from different countries and different fields but will share a commitment to working together to understand and address Arctic issues.

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 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 U.S. 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.

Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Awards provide U.S. 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.