Fulbright Grants for Faculty

The Fulbright Scholar Program provides U.S. scholars with the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and learn in a broad range of topics globally. The core program alone sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals every year to as many as 140 countries. The overarching goal of this program is to provide an opportunity for an educational exchange as well as development training worldwide. Grant opportunities include:

1. Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

This award allows U.S. faculty and experienced professionals to teach and/or conduct research in a variety of academic and professional fields.

2. Fulbright NEXUS Regional Scholar Program

The NEXUS program will connect a network of junior scholars, professionals, and mid-career applied researcher in the U.S., Brazil, and other Western Hemisphere nations. It includes a series of three seminar meetings as well as a Fulbright exchange experience. The goal is to facilitate collaborative and multidisciplinary research in relation to regional issues with the hope of producing tangible results. Five scholars are chosen from the United States. Research topics sought for this program include:

  • Renewable Energy, including Micro-Grid Innovations
  • Social and Behavioral Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Measuring Climate Change and its Impact (Metrics and Standards)
  • Climate Change and Biodiversity
  • Climate Change and Food and Water Security

Award winners receive $35,000 USD for the duration of the program which is intended to support travel to all program meetings and maintenance for the exchange visit, research materials and assistance for grantees only. Accommodations and meals are covered separately, and limited accident and sickness benefits are included as well.

Deadline for application is Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and duration ranges from June 2014 to May 2016.

3. Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards

This program includes 40 distinguished lecturing, 40 distinguished research, and 40 distinguished lecturing/research awards from three to twelve months. Candidates should be eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.

Duration of the award will vary, and applicants can propose projects for a range of anywhere between three and twelve months, as specified in the award description.

Information on applying to this award program can be found here.

4. Fulbright Specialist Program

This program provides short-term, collaborative projects to U.S. faculty and professionals in select disciplines promoting connections between U.S. Scholars/professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. Duration of this grant ranges from two to six weeks.

This grant has a rolling deadline. More information about applying is provided here.

5. Fulbright International Education Administrators Program (IEA)

This award assists U.S. International Education professionals and senior higher education officials in creating connections with higher educational systems in other countries. Award recipients will learn about education systems in the host country and network with U.S. and international colleagues.

This award runs for two weeks and the deadlines are as follows:

  • India: August 1, 2014
  • Japan and Korea: November 3, 2014
  • France and Germany: February 2, 2015

For information on applying, please refer to the program website.

6. Fulbright-Fogarty Postdoctoral Awards

This program seeks to promote post-doctoral research in public health in a resource-limited setting. Award winners correspond with the host site and its U.S. partner on how they can participate with ongoing research projects at the sites. Grant lengths will vary, and applicants can propose projects from three to nine months.

Scholars who receive their Ph.D or other appropriate terminal degree within the past five years are eligible to apply.

The deadline to apply to this award is Friday, August 1, 2014 (All day).

7. Fulbright Community College Administrators Seminar in the Russian Federation

Award recipients will learn about the Russian higher education system which includes reforms utilized to create a new system of special status, federal, and national research universities. Additionally, they will learn about changes in professional education and efforts to solve labor issues.

This grant lasts for two weeks, and the deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

For more information, refer to the program website or contact Lisa Hendricks: lhendricks@iie.org, (202) 686-8644(202) 686-8644.

Eligibility requirements for the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards, Fulbright International Education Administrators Program (IEA), and Fulbright-Fogarty Postdoctoral Awards are as follows:

1. U.S. Citizenship – permanent residence is not sufficient.

2. Ph.D or equivalent professional/terminal degree (including a master’s degree, depending on the field) as appropriate. Candidates outside academia (e.g. professionals, artists) with recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments are also eligible, as specified in the award description.

3. Recent college graduates with limited professional experience and graduate or doctoral students seeking funding to complete their degrees are ineligible for consideration under the Fulbright Scholar Program. Instead, such applicants can visit the Fulbright Student Program.

4. All teaching awards are at the postsecondary level and may vary in experience or discipline requirements, as specified in the award description.

5. Foreign language proficiency as specified in the award description, or commensurate with the requirements of the proposed project. (Note: In many world areas, English is sufficient for lecturing.)

6. Sound physical and mental health: selected candidates are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be finalized.

7. Grants shall not authorize engagement in pastoral, missionary, or other professional religious activities, or those for which a license practice medicine or nursing is required.

8. Applicants are required to disclose any prior convictions of a felony or misdemeanor, including Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), but excluding minor traffic violations. The complete FFSB regulations can be found under 626 ineligibility factors.

For additional information please visit the Fulbright Scholar Program website. All information provided is sourced from the IIE/CIES website.