Fulbright Program, USA

 

Overview

The Fulbright Program, including the Fulbright-Hays Program, is an American scholarship program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. Under the Fulbright Program, competitively selected American citizens may become eligible for scholarships to study, conduct research, or exercise their talents abroad; and citizens of other countries may qualify to do the same in the United States of America. The program was established to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. It is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world.

The Fulbright Program is administered by cooperating organizations like the Institute of International Education. It operates in over 160 countries around the world. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Fulbright Program from an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress. Additional direct and in-kind support comes from partner governments, foundations, corporations, and host institutions both in and outside the U.S. In each of 49 countries, a bi-national Fulbright Commission administers and oversees the Fulbright Program. In countries without a Fulbright Commission but that have an active program, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy oversees the Fulbright Program. More than 360,000 persons have participated in the program since it began.

Types of grants

Fulbright grants are offered in almost all academic disciplines except clinical medical research involving patient contact. Fulbright grantees’ fields of study span the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural and physical sciences, and professional and applied sciences.

Student grants

  • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to research, study, or teach English abroad for one academic year.
  • The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to conduct research and study in the United States. Some scholarships are renewed after the initial year of study.
  • The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program provides opportunities for young English teachers from overseas to refine their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of American culture and society while strengthening the instruction of foreign languages at colleges and universities in the United States.
  • The International Fulbright Science and Technology Award, a component of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, supports doctoral study at leading U.S. institutions in science, technology, engineering, or related fields for outstanding foreign students. This program is currently on hiatus.
  • The Fulbright-mtvU Fellowships award up to four U.S. students the opportunity to study the power of music as a cultural force abroad. Fellows conduct research for one academic year on projects of their own design about a chosen musical aspect. They share their experiences during their Fulbright year via video reports, blogs and podcasts.
  • The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship provides the opportunity for U.S. students to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions to gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries.

Scholar grants

  • The Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards comprise approximately forty distinguished lecturing, distinguished research and distinguished lecturing/research awards ranging from three to 12 months. Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.
  • The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends American faculty members, scholars and professionals abroad to lecture and/or conduct research for up to a year.
  • The Fulbright Specialist 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 two to six weeks.
  • The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program and Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program bring foreign scholars to lecture and/or conduct post-doctoral research for up to a year at U.S. colleges and universities.
  • The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program is a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from the United States, Brazil, Canada, and other Western Hemisphere nations in a year-long program that includes multi-disciplinary, team-based research, a series of three seminar meetings, and a Fulbright exchange experience.

Teacher grants

  • The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program supports one-to-one exchanges of teachers from K–12 schools and a small number of post-secondary institutions.
  • The Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program sends teachers abroad for a semester to pursue individual projects, conduct research, and lead master classes or seminars.

Grants for professionals

  • The Hubert H. Humphrey Program brings outstanding mid-career professionals from the developing world and societies in transition to the United States for one year. Fellows participate in a non-degree program of academic study and gain professional experience.
  • The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends American scholars and professionals abroad to lecture and/or conduct research for up to a year.
  • The Fulbright Specialist 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 two to six weeks.
  • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year. The Program also includes an English Teaching Assistant component.
  • The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to conduct research and study in the United States. Some scholarships are renewed after the initial year of study.

How to apply

Each year some 800 faculty and professionals from around the world receive Fulbright Visiting Scholar grants for advanced research and university lecturing in the United States. Individual grants are available to scholars from over 155 countries. Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements apply for grants through the Fulbright commission/foundation or public affairs section of the U.S. embassy in their home countries.

Program Search

Fulbright Scholar Program offers a wide range of programs to choose from in a number of prestigious educational institutions around the world. To find the program that best matches your interests, you could categorically search that in the program website following the link:

http://www.cies.org/programs

Once you have your pick, online application portal can be launched following the link https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/usscholars/83/

We need to mention here that due to the prestige, class and competition of the Fulbright Program, the application process follows a strict deadline the window of which opens in early February every year for the following academic year. Undoubtedly, the process is a lengthy and involved one requiring immense composure and perseverance on the applicant’s part.

Before you apply

Before starting the application, the applicant needs to have at his/her disposal the following documents.

Project Statement:

All applications require a project statement. This is your opportunity to explain your specific strengths as a candidate to reviewers and potential hosts. It must be clear and compelling to audiences both inside and outside your field.

Format Requirements:

  • 3 to 5 pages, single spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins
  • Page numbers, headers and/or bullets to organize and convey key elements may be helpful
  • File type: Adobe PDF or Word document
  • File size cannot exceed 2MB

Project Statements should address the following:

  • Your current job responsibilities and how they relate to this grant.
  • The impact your participation would have on your career, professional development, home institution, and/or community.
  • Why you have chosen this country.
  • How you would share what you have learned with your home institution and others.
  • How the IEA seminar would contribute to the international education goals of your institution?

Institutional Statement:

  • This document should be 1 to 2 pages long, single-spacedand written in 12-point font.
  • Page numbers, headers and/or bullets to organize and convey key elements may be helpful
  • File type: Adobe PDF or Word document
  • File size cannot exceed 2MB

Institutional Statements should address the following:

  • General information about your home institution (type of institution, total enrollment, number of degrees offered, etc.).
  • The number of international students on campus and where they are coming from.
    • If applying for the IEA Seminar in Japan or Korea, you must include the number of Japanese or Korean students currently on your campus.
  • The study abroad opportunities available on your campus.
  • Any institutional partnerships, particularly with universities in the country where the grant takes place.
  • Any future goals/plans for internationalizing the campus.

Curriculum Vitae or Resume:

Please ensure your curriculum vitae or resume:

  • Is tailored to show how your credentials, professional standing and accomplishments relate to international education
  • Up to 6 pages, single spaced, 12-point-font, 1-inch margins
  • Includes an employment history in chronological order
  • File type: Adobe PDF or Word document
  • File size cannot exceed 2MB

Reference Letters:

Your referees should meet the following criteria:

  • One reference must be from your current supervisor or someone you report to at your institution.
  • One reference must be from a colleague in your field from your own or another institution who is familiar with your administrative skills and leadership success.
  • One reference can be from any colleague who can speak to your personal attributes and interest in international education.

Reference letters must be submitted by the application deadline and should address the following:

  • Applicant’s professional qualifications: Evidence of achievements in the development of educational institutions and systems, including any international initiatives
  • Institutional impact: Anticipated benefits to applicant’s home institution after participation in the program; commitment of the institution to international education activities and programs
  • Applicant’s personal qualifications and qualities: Ability to work with colleagues from a variety of institutions in the U.S. and abroad and to function well in a group

IEA Checklist and Instructions

IEA website hosts specific and step by application that could be accessed by following the link:
http://www.cies.org/iea-checklist-and-instructions