Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

1) 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Competition

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. The application cycle to go abroad for the 2020-2021 academic year is now open. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.

In order to meet the changing needs of academia and develop new options to better accommodate the interests and commitments of today’s scholars, the program includes several innovative program options such as: Fulbright Flex Awards, Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Awards, Global Scholar Award, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language Awards.

Interested faculty and professionals who want to learn more about these opportunities, review detailed award descriptions, and read eligibility requirements can do so by visiting the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website and reviewing the Catalog of Awards.

The application deadline for most awards is September 16, 2019. U.S. citizenship is required.

To register your interest in the Fulbright Program, join the My Fulbright online community for updates and to access helpful resources for applicants.

If you intend to apply for a Fulbright Scholar award, please notify Dale LaFleur, the UA Fulbright Scholar Liaison, at dlafleur@email.arizona.edu.

2) Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards

The Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards comprise approximately forty distinguished lecturing, distinguished research and distinguished lecturing/research awards ranging from three to 12 months. The Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Candidates should be eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record. Grant lengths vary in duration. Applicants can propose projects for a period of three to 12 months, as specified in the award description. For more information visit Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards.

3) Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions. Specialists, who represent a wide range of professional and academic disciplines, are competitively selected to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster based on their knowledge, skill sets, and ability to make a significant contribution to projects overseas. Those individuals that have been approved to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster are then eligible to be matched with approved projects designed by foreign host institutions from over 150 countries. Once abroad, Specialists partner with their host institution to conduct project activities in support of the host institution’s priorities and goals. The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), along with host institutions abroad, provide U.S.-based Specialists with full funding to participate in Fulbright Specialist projects

There is a rolling roster application deadline every eight weeks. For more information visit Fulbright Specialist Program.

4) Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminars

The IEA programs are designed for U.S. higher education administrators who are interested in spending an intensive two-week seminar in one of seven countries: France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, and Taiwan. Each seminar offers participants an in-depth look at the higher education system, culture and society of the host country and provides an invigorating opportunity for networking with international and U.S. colleagues. All participants gain a new perspective on the need to internationalize U.S. campuses and insight into how it can be done. They return to their home institutions empowered with an enhanced ability to build partnerships, encourage study abroad participation and support international students.

All awards include economy round-trip travel, travel within the country, lodging and a lump sum supplement for incidentals. The application deadlines vary by program. More information about each program can be found at Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminars.

5) Join "My Fulbright" - An on-line community

My Fulbright represents an online community of scholars and professionals interested in the Fulbright Scholar Program. This web site features the latest program updates, sample project statements, and other helpful resources. Joining My Fulbright also allows you to specify your geographical areas of interest, as well as relevant disciplines. Join My Fulbright today!