- The Fulbright Program is governed by policy and procedures established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB), the 12-member board appointed by the President of the United States.
Grant lengths vary in duration: applicants can propose projects for a period of two to 12 months, as specified in the award description. In addition, flexible options may be available.
Eligibility requirements apply at the time of application. Applicants must meet all of the following requirements—unless specific exemptions apply. In matching candidates with grant opportunities, preference will be given to candidates with the most relevant professional experience.
Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for a grant through the core U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program. If you live abroad and are not a citizen of the United States, and would like to apply for a grant to visit the U.S., please visit the Visiting Fulbright Scholar Program.
To insure that your application is reviewed in a timely manner, it is essential that all required parts be submitted by the deadline. The following checklist provides a general guide, but it is important to read the description of the specific award for which you are applying.
The Fulbright Core Scholar Program supports activities and projects that recognize and promote the critical relationship between educational exchange and international understanding, in addition to the intellectual merit of the proposals.
In conducting the peer review of applications for Fulbright Scholar awards, CIES conforms with the policies of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the Presidentially appointed body that has statutory authority over Fulbright programs. The policy on selection and nonselection stipulates, "It is the policy of the Board not to give to individual applicants, to others inquiring on their behalf, or to the public generally, the specific reasons for selection or nonselection of applicants for awards under the program." (From the "Policy Statements of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board," Sec. 145.
Recommended candidates will be notified of the final outcome in a letter from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Notification is based on the deadline schedule, as detailed below.
CIES program staff review applications for technical completeness. Applicants will be notified if any required component is missing from the application or if page limits are exceeded, and asked to provide additional documentation as needed. Only complete applications will be forwarded to the reviewers.
August - September
Discipline Peer Review Committees read applications and make comments from a discipline-specific perspective, which are then provided to the Regional Peer Review Committees for consideration along with the applications.
October - November
Regional Peer Review Committees meet in Washington, D.C., review applications, and make recommendations.
November - December
CIES notifies applicants whether or not their application has been recommended for further consideration in the host country; this notification is emailed. Please let your CIES Program Officer know if your email address changed since you submitted your application.
December - May
Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies (Posts) or binational Fulbright Commissions overseas review recommended applications and nominate candidates for selection.
January - June
All recommended candidates are forwarded to the J.W. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for approval.
CIES notifies applicants whether they have been selected to receive a Fulbright award. This notification is also emailed. Please let your CIES Program Officer know if your email address changed since you submitted your application.
June - Onward
Grant details are finalized and grants may begin per start dates listed in the Catalog of Awards. For some countries, an orientation may be scheduled for applicants selected for grants.
There are nearly 600 awards being offered 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.
The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching and/or research awards to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in over 125 countries worldwide.
Project Statement Samples
The Project Statement is the central element of a Fulbright application, whether for teaching or for research. Here, in only five pages, applicants bring together their backgrounds, particular interests, teaching and research philosophies, relevant experience, adaptability, planned activities and anticipated outcomes in a coherent, well-written statement addressed to peer reviewers in the U.S. and abroad. There is no template for a “successful” Project Statement. Like each applicant, everyone is unique and individual.
Recommended candidates are simultaneously forwarded to our counterparts abroad, as well as to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Department of State (Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs) for final decisions and confirmation. Grantees are informed of the decisions sometime in the spring. Notification Timeline