Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Grants

The Fulbright program is eager to engage postdoctoral and early career academics, offering opportunities in a range of countries and fields.  In addition to their primary research or teaching activities, postdoctoral and early career scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host country academic community.

Postdoctoral/early career grants are open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degrees – typically within the five previous years. The number of such Fulbright Scholar awards has grown, particularly for research activities. A few awards include teaching opportunities as well.  Postdoctoral awards are available in STEM fields, the arts, humanities and social sciences. Specialists in public health should take special note of the Fulbright-Fogarty Postdoctoral Awards for research at a National Institutes of Health Fogarty site in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi or Zimbabwe through the African Regional Research Program, or in South Africa, Bangladesh or Peru.  Grant lengths for the programs listed below range from one semester to 20 months, depending on the host country.

Several countries have developed awards that offer early career scholars research opportunities.  These awards are similar to postdoctoral research awards, so scholars within five years of completing a doctoral program should pay special attention to those as well.

Postdoctoral/early career grants present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields. Scholars will be expected to engage with graduate students in the host country and to be involved with host university training in cutting edge research in their specializations.

Grantees without institutional affiliation in U.S. may be eligible to apply for $2,500 funding to attend a professional conference.

The full list of postdoctoral and/or early career opportunities is available in the current Fulbright Award Catalog.