Explore Opportunities with the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Application Deadline August 1

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers nearly 600 awards in teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2015-2016 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.

New Program Models

In order to meet the changing needs of academia and develop new options to better accommodate the interests and commitments of today’s scholars, we have introduced several innovations to the Fulbright U.S. Core Program, including: Flex Awards, Postdoctoral/Early Career Awards, and Salary Supplements.

Disciplinary Highlights

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching and/or research awards in 46 disciplines, in addition to many All Discipline awards that welcome teaching and/or research proposals in any area of study, including interdisciplinary projects.

To view the full range of awards by discipline, visit the Catalog of Awards.

To learn more about a few highlighted disciplines, click on the links below:

These highlighted disciplines pages represent just a sample of what is offered by the Fulbright Scholar Program.  All Disciplines awards continue to be offered in every world region. 

Regional Highlights

After a 10-year hiatus, the U.S. Scholar Fulbright program has reopened in Belize, the Bahamas, and Guyana.  The Bahamas has a strong academic community with a healthy appetite for new and cutting-edge research.  Applicants interested in a teaching or teaching/research grant to Belize will find themselves in high demand for their expertise in a country that abounds with natural wonders.  Guyana is eager to benefit from curriculum development, knowledge exchange and research collaboration.

Visit the interactive map on the new Fulbright Scholar Program website for more regional highlights, or click on the links below:

New Awards

A number of new awards are introduced to the Core Fulbright U.S. Program each year to address program country needs and priorities.  Below is a sample of what’s new for the 2015-2016 program:

  • Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art. The Fulbright- Terra Foundation award provides U.S. Scholars the opportunity to teach and guest lecture on American art history prior to 1980 at the undergraduate or graduate level in China and select European Union (E.U.) countries. Fulbright-Terra Foundation Scholars to the E.U. will also have the opportunity to conduct research while on their grant. Proposed coursework and methodology should be designed to increase awareness about American art to the next generation of art history teachers and scholars and to inspire university administrators, faculty and students to build their institutional capacity for curriculum and research mentoring on American art history. 
  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Brain Science and Family Wellness.  The Norlien Foundation, in partnership with Fulbright Canada, has established a new and unique academic program in the area of brain science, addiction and family wellness. This Chair is designed specifically to attract and support extraordinary American researchers in a targeted area of academic inquiry who will take up residence at one of Alberta’s three research-intensive universities
  • Fulbright-Coach Award in Fashion and Design. The Fulbright-Coach Award is funded in cooperation with the world-renowned design house Coach. The selected scholar would spend a semester working with Master’s students in the Communication in Fashion and Beauty program at CEU San Pablo University in Madrid, Spain.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about core Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online Catalog of Awards. The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2014. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions, please visit the program website.

Explore the Fulbright Scholar Program in greater depth by reading recent blog posts, viewing short video features, or participating in program webinars.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.