Monday, May 2, 2011

The 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.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals.

Eligibility Highlights:

Eligibility requirements apply at the time of application. Applicants must meet all of the following requirements—unless specific exemptions are stated in individual country or award descriptions. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin and/or physical impairment.

  • U.S. citizenship at the time of application. Permanent resident status is not sufficient.

  • A Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree (including a master's depending on the field) as appropriate at the time of application. For professionals and artists outside academe, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments.

  • College or university teaching experience at the level and in the field of the proposed lecturing activity as specified in the award description at the time of application.

  • Foreign language proficiency as specified in the award description or as required for the completion of the proposed project. (Note: Except in certain world areas and countries, lecturing is in English.)

  • Sound physical and mental health. Those selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be finalized.

  • Limits apply to previous Fulbright Scholar grantees

All applications must include a project statement.
  • The project statement must be the equivalent of from 3 to 5 pages, single spaced, in 12-point or larger font size.
  • The project statement should be submitted as PDF attachment.

The project statement is your opportunity to explain your specific strengths as a candidate to reviewers and potential hosts. It must be persuasive and compelling. Below are some suggestions for items to consider as you write, depending on the type of award you choose. You may use headers and/or bullets if they are deemed helpful in organizing and conveying key elements.

All applicants should explain:

  • What you propose to do
  • How you propose to do it (methodology, time frame)
  • Why it is important
  • What benefits it will produce for the hosts, for the discipline, for the applicant and the home institution

Previous Fulbright grantees should also address:

  • What accomplishments and contributions resulted from your earlier grant(s)
  • How a second grant will build on your previous Fulbright experience
  • What you will accomplish with a second grant

Project Statements for teaching Awards Specifically describe:

  • Why this country – what can you contribute to the host institution and what will it mean for you professionally?
  • What experiences have prepared you to teach in this country— experiences that indicate your collegiality, adaptability, cultural sensitivity, ability to serve as a cultural ambassador.
  • Preparation to teach courses abroad – what have you taught, how do you teach, your involvement in curriculum planning, thesis advising, or administrative responsibilities?
  • What do you propose to teach?
  • How you will adapt your materials to the culture and language of the host country?
  • How will you adapt to a pedagogically different teaching environment in which the first language for your students may not be English?
  • What impact do you expect on your teaching and/or professional work and how do you expect to use the experience upon your return?

Project Statements for Research Awards Specifically describe:

  • What you will do – state clearly your objectives and your methodology, if the research is quantitative or qualitative in nature.
  • What is the academic and professional context of the project—include a bibliography (not exceeding 3 pages) referring to the leading works by others and the current state of the field.
  • What teaching and professional experience prepared you for this work
  • Why does it need to be done—what significance does it hold for your discipline, your development, the host country’s benefit
  • How you will do the research (methodology, logistics, time frame)
  • Why it must be done in this country—what research facilities and resources are found in the host country
  • How local political or cultural issues may impact your work, if necessary
  • How your results will be disseminated

Project Statements for Teaching/Research Awards Specifically describe:

  • Both the teaching and the research components
  • Match your statement to any specifics given as to the percentage of the grant dedicated to a specific activity (e.g., if the award indicates 80% teaching, then the proposal should devote approximately 80% of its description to the teaching component).
  • Lacking a specific percentage requirement, you should discuss both the teaching and research components adequately. If you have any questions about the percentages, contact the appropriate CIES program officer.

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

  • All applicants must include a tailored curriculum vitae or resume, with a detailed publications list.
  • For Fulbright Scholar grants, the maximum length of the C.V. is 6 pages. (Note: The maximum length of the C.V. for the Distinguished Chairs Program is 8 pages)
  • Cite publications fully, listing them chronologically from the most recent.
  • Separate refereed from un-refereed publications.
  • Include an employment history

Course Outlines or Syllabi

For teaching and teaching/research grants, you must submit two or three course syllabi or sample course outlines relevant to your planned grant activity. The syllabi should be ones designed by you and expressive of your philosophy of teaching. Indicate when they were used or that they have been developed for your application.
  • Syllabi and reading lists should be no more than a total of 10 pages.

Select Bibliography – Research Awards

  • You should attach a bibliography relevant to your proposed project.
  • It should reflect the current state of research on the proposed topic.
  • The bibliography should not exceed 3 pages.

Submitting Material in the Creative and Performing Arts

Identification and labeling of material: Each individual article must be labeled to show the applicant’s name, field of study, award number and country of application. The applicant’s part in projects completed in collaboration with others should be clearly indicated.

Candidates who are applying for an award under one of the following categories but are not submitting supplemental materials must indicate in writing to the appropriate CIES Program Staff member their reasons for not doing so. Applications that lack supplemental materials (and do not include a reason for their absence) could be negatively affected in the review process.

Please refer to the catalogue of awards for a complete list of staff members associated with each award.

All material should be mailed to CIES staff digitally, as a data CD/DVD or on a flash drive.
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
ATTN: (insert name of country/program here)
3007 Tilden Street, NW, Suite 5L
Washington, DC 20008-3009


For images, pictures and graphics…

  • Please format all images, pictures and graphics into JPEG or BPM files
  • No more than 10 images
  • No more than 1 GB of information total

For video and movie clips…

  • Please format all movie and video clips into MOV, AVI or MPEG files
  • No more than 1 GB of information total

For sound and music clips…

  • Please format all sound and music clips into MP3 files
  • No more than 1 GB of information total

For writing samples…

  • Please format all writing samples into DOC files
  • No more than 1 GB of information total


Supplemental materials will be considered in the review of applications for the following disciplines. Applications that lack supplemental materials (and do not include a reason for their absence) could be negatively affected in the review process.


Given past experience, we anticipate that many candidates will submit their online application materials in the final days before the deadline. To avoid heavy server traffic and potential delays, we encourage candidates to submit their application materials as early as possible.

Please Note: You do not need to complete the application in one sitting. The system will allow you to enter, reenter and revise all sections of your application. Remember to periodically save any data you have entered.

Application Instructions (.pdf)
Reference Guidelines (.doc)
Content Guidelines - How to Construct a Strong Application
CIES Webinar broadcasts
Review catalog of available awards

Deadline: August 1, 2011

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Contact detail

Council for International Exchange of Scholars
3007 Tilden Street, NW, Suite 5L, Washington, DC 20008-3009
Telephone: 202.686.4000

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