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Fulbright Scholar Program

The following programs offer U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals, assistance to provide lectures, conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars.

Core Fulbright Scholar Program
The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. 

New Century Scholars (NCS) Program
Each year the NCS Scholar Program brings together approximately thirty outstanding research scholars and professionals from the U.S. and abroad. Under the guidance of an appointed Distinguished Scholar Leader, NCS Scholars engage in collaborative, multidisciplinary examinations of topics of universal concern and together seek solutions to critical issues affecting all humankind. 

Fulbright Specialist Program
The Fulbright Specialist Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter term programs provide specialists greater flexibility to pursue special projects that work best with their current academic or professional commitments.

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

Fulbright German Studies Seminars
Participants of Fulbright German Studies Seminars will examine the political, social and economic institutions of Germany. Each seminar has a specific thematic focus. The program will begin in Berlin and include visits to other cities in eastern and western Germany. 

Occasional Lecturer Fund
Through this travel fund, you may invite Visiting Fulbright Scholars already in the U.S. to your campus.

Each year, the Fulbright Scholar Program looks for a wide range of scholars and professionals to represent the United States abroad. 

Fulbright at a Glance

Opportunities abound for all levels of scholars.

Whether you are a tenured scholar, tenured-track or temporary faculty member, 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 all disciplines.

Administrators can become Fulbrighters too!

Curious about the development of independent media in developing countries?  Want to lecture on American jurisprudence?  Fulbright offers opportunities for journalists, filmmakers, college administrators, lawyers and many other professionals. 

Awards are flexible in length.

Grants range from two months to an 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.

Foreign Language fluency isn't necessary to apply.

Although some Fulbright Scholar awards require fluency in a foreign language, most awards--especially those in lecturing--only require English.  There are exceptions:  Research awards may require knowledge of the host country's language, while awards for study in Francophone Africa and Latin American countries usually require fluency in each country's respective language.

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.

You can 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 U.S. Scholar Program alumni have initiated educational exchanges between home and host institutions after completing their Fulbright.

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.  You can also talk to Fulbright alumni to learn about prospective hosts.  Keep in mind that some awards do not require a letter of invitation.

Taking a sabbatical isn't necessary to become a Fulbrighter.

Although stipends and benefits can vary from country to country, most Fulbright awards provide sufficient funding for you to live on during your time abroad.

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.