The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards more than 800 fellowships annually.
Whether you are higher education faculty and administrators, or, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, and independent scholars outside of the academy, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program has international opportunities to fit your needs and further your goals
Fulbright Scholar Awards
The awards comprise the bulk of awards offered and include opportunities for professionals, artists, and scholars at all career levels.
Location and eligibility vary across all awards, and some awards may have restrictions for certain career levels or types of scholars. The Global Scholar Award and the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship are unique opportunities within the Fulbright Scholar awards.
Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Awards
Awards are open to scholars who have more than seven years of experience in their discipline or area of expertise, though some awards may further restrict eligibility. Distinguished Scholars are expected to actively engage host institutions in a spirit of promoting mutual understanding and sharing knowledge.
Fulbright Postdoctoral Awards
Postdoctoral Awards provide recently graduate scholars an opportunity to conduct research and receive professional training abroad. Awards may involve limited teaching. Postdocs are open to scholars who will have received a doctoral degree (Ph.D., J.D., M.D., Ed.D., etc.) within five years of the fellowship start date. Degree conferment before the start of the award is mandatory. However, institutional affiliation in the U.S. is not required.
Fulbright International Education Administrator Awards
This award provides international education professionals and senior higher education officials an opportunity to engage in a two-week intensive seminar to learn about the host country’s education system and establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues.
- U.S. citizenship
- Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship at the time of application. Permanent residence is not sufficient.
- Residency abroad
- Applicants who have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the application deadline are ineligible.
- A period of nine months or more during a calendar year constitutes a full year.
- Degree and/or Experience
- Award descriptions specify where a Ph.D., another terminal degree, or comparable professional qualifications are necessary
- Current faculty, administrators, and experienced professionals are encouraged to apply.
- Postdoctoral candidates are encouraged to apply for postdoctoral awards.
- However, graduate or doctoral students seeking funding to complete their degrees are ineligible.
- Recent college graduates with limited professional experience are also ineligible and should instead apply to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
- Prior Fulbright Scholar Awards
- Recipients of a Fulbright Scholar award are eligible to apply for another award two years after the date of completion of the previous award.
- Recipients of a Fulbright Specialist Program grant do not have to wait for two-year before applying for a Fulbright Scholar award.
- Moreover, these awards give preference to applicants who have not previously received a Scholar award
- Department of State employees and their immediate family
- Employees and their immediate families of the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, and of public or private organizations under contract to the U.S. Department of State are ineligible to apply for a Fulbright award until one year after termination of such employment.