Fulbright IEA Seminars Application FAQ

  1. How do I access the application?
  2. Can I apply to or be considered for more than one higher education administrator seminar? Can I also apply for a core award for teaching and/or research?
  3. Do I have to know a foreign language?
  4. Can I propose a project of my own design for the seminar? Can separate briefings be arranged for me?
  5. How can I make my application more successful?
  6. Where do I upload the institutional statement, and do I need a bibliography or syllabi?
  7. Who should write my reference letters? How should they be submitted?
  8. How is my application reviewed and how am I notified?
  9. What are the financial benefits of Fulbright awards?
  10. If I am selected, can I take my family with me on my grant?
  11. I applied last year and was unsuccessful. How can I find out why I wasn’t selected so I can improve my application for the current competition?
  12. If I already had a Fulbright, can I receive another one?

  1. How do I access the application?
    Please read the application guidelines before beginning your application. Begin or return to your application here.
     
  2. Can I apply to or be considered for more than one higher education administrator seminar? Can I also apply for a core award for teaching and/or research?
    No. Applicants may apply for only one award per academic year. This also means that applicants may apply for only one seminar per academic year and will only be considered for the seminar to which they applied. For example, you may not apply for a seminar with an August 1 deadline and a seminar with a February 1 deadline if both are offered for the same academic year. Please consult the Catalog of Awards for the most up to date award offerings.
     
  3. Do I have to know a foreign language?
    No. The seminars are conducted in English.
     
  4. Can I propose a project of my own design for the seminar? Can separate briefings be arranged for me?
    No. Each country arranges an itinerary of meetings, briefings, and campus visits. There is little time available for individual projects or appointments.
     
  5. How can I make my application more successful?
    There is no "formula" for a successful application. The application should reflect the candidate, why the country was chosen, how the grant will benefit them and their home institution, and what outcomes can be reasonably expected. Desired professional profiles vary across the awards, so you are encouraged to apply to the award that best fits your background and experience. Please see our application guidelines for information on the application components. Also, you can discuss your application and fit for the program with the staff contact listed in the award description.
     
  6. Where do I upload the institutional statement, and do I need a bibliography or syllabi?
    Please upload the institutional statement to the online application. You do not need to submit a bibliography nor syllabi.
     
  7. Who should write my reference letters? How should they be submitted?
    The best criteria for recommendations is someone who knows your work and character extensively. In addition, they should be able to address the impact your participation would have on your institution and its commitment to internationalization. You may wish to mix internal and external referees. One letter must be written by your supervisor or someone to whom you report; the other two must be from colleagues, speaking to your skills and successes, interest in international education, and personal qualities. Please see our application guidelines.
     
  8. How is my application reviewed and how am I notified?
    Your application will undergo a two-phased review process. The first phase is peer review, where U.S. international education administrators with experience in the selected country review the applications. After the peer review meeting, all candidates will be notified whether their application has been recommended for further consideration. Recommended candidates are simultaneously forwarded to our counterparts abroad, as well as to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the U.S. Department of State (Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) for final decisions and confirmation. Grantees are informed of the decisions sometime in the spring. More specific guidelines are found in our Review Criteria and Notification Timeline.
     
  9. What are the financial benefits of Fulbright awards?
    Grant benefits vary by country but generally include round-trip travel, lodging, and a per diem that includes meals. Each award description contains details on these benefits.
     
  10. If I am selected, can I take my family with me on my grant?
    No financial benefits for dependents are provided for the international education administrator seminars.
     
  11. I applied last year and was unsuccessful. How can I find out why I wasn’t selected so I can improve my application for the current competition?
    Final selections are based on the U.S. peer review and the commission abroad. CIES operates in conformity with the policies of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). Per FFSB policy, CIES cannot give applicants the specific reasons for selection or non-selection. If you are interested in reapplying, you may contact IIE for general guidance.
     
  12. If I already had a Fulbright, can I receive another one?
    Preference for Fulbright Scholar opportunities will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright Scholar grant. Recipients of a Fulbright Scholar grant are eligible to apply for another Fulbright Scholar grant two years after the date of completion of the previous grant. This includes the higher education administrator seminars. (For flex or serial grants, the two-year period begins at the end of the final grant in the series.) Additional Fulbright policies are available here.
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