Fulbright Global Scholar Award

Meet the 2016-2017 Global Award Scholars.

The competition is closed

The Fulbright Global Scholar Award allows U.S. academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to propose research or combined teaching/research activity in two to three countries with flexible schedule options; trips can be conducted within one academic year or spread over two consecutive years. For more information and examples on the grant schedule, please see below.

Grant Schedule Examples

One multi-country trip: scholar visits two or three host countries back-to-back in a single international trip.

Example Grant:

  1. Country A May 2018, Country B June 2018, Country C July 2018

Two or three single country trips (Flex): scholar visits each host country on separate international trips, with time spent in the United States between trips.

Example Grant Segments:

  1. Country A June-July 2017
  2. Country B December 2017-January 2018
  3. Country C (or A, or B) April-May 2018

Two dual-country trips (Flex): scholar visits two countries back-to-back, twice.

Example Grant Segments:

  1. Country A September 2017, Country B October 2017
  2. Country A March 2018, Country B (or C) April 2018

Applications are welcome from a wide range of scholars - early career, professor emeriti, independent scholars - and from all disciplines, including those with an interdisciplinary focus.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is designed to expand and strengthen the relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of the rest of the world. To support this mission, grantees will be asked to give public talks, mentor students and otherwise engage with the host country community, in addition to their primary research or teaching/research activity.

Award Description:
View the 2017-2018 Global Scholar Award description online in the Catalog of Awards for complete grant parameters

Grant/Program Dates or Duration:

Three to six months total with a minimum of one month spent in each host country, each visit. 

August 1, 2016


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.

Program Policy

  • 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.
  • With the launch of the 2014-15 Core Fulbright Scholar Program competition, restrictions regarding previous Fulbright experiences have been lifted by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.  The board reiterated its strong preference for Fulbright Scholar opportunities to be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright Scholar grant, as stipulated in section 624.2 of the Fulbright Program Policies.
  • All eligibility requirements apply at time of application.
  • Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin and/or physical impairment.

Eligibility Essentials

  • As of academic year 2014-15, there will be no lifetime limits on Fulbright Scholar grants. In addition, there will be no required waiting period between Fulbright Scholar grants.
  • U.S. citizenship - permanent residence is not sufficient.
  • Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree (including a master’s degree, depending on the field) as appropriate. Where an award is open to early career or postdoctoral candidates, scholars may apply if they will complete the requirements for their doctoral (or equivalent) degree by February 1 in the year following the application deadline, unless otherwise specified in the award description.
  • Recent college graduates with limited professional experience and graduate or doctoral students seeking funding to complete their degrees are ineligible for consideration under the Fulbright Scholar Program. Instead, such applicants can visit the Fulbright Student Program.
  • All teaching awards are at the postsecondary level and may vary in experience or discipline requirements, as specified in the award description.
  • Foreign language proficiency as specified in the award description, or commensurate with the requirements of the proposed project. (Note: In many world areas, English is sufficient for lecturing.)
  • Sound physical and mental health: selected candidates are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be finalized.
  • Grants shall not authorize engagement in pastoral, missionary, or other professional religious activities, or those for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required.
  • Applicants are required to disclose any prior convictions of a felony or a misdemeanor, including Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), but excluding minor traffic violations.  The complete FFSB regulations can be found under 626 Ineligibility Factors.

Eligibility Guidelines for Previous Fulbright Grantees and on Previous Experience Abroad

  • Candidates who previously held a Fulbright Scholar grant should be aware that, as a general matter, preference will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Scholar grant. Therefore, previous Fulbright Scholar grantees are expected to make a strong justification in their application for a repeat Fulbright grant. For further guidance, please refer to the relevant section in the Application Guidelines and Review Criteria.
  • Candidates who have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application are ineligible. In this case, a period of nine months or more during a calendar year is considered to constitute a full year abroad.

Employees and their immediate families (i.e. spouses and dependent children) of the U.S. Department of State and of public or private organizations under contract to the U.S. Department of State are ineligible to apply for a Fulbright grant until one year after termination of such employment.

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.

  • Application Guidelines

    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.

  • Review Criteria

    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.

November- December

CIES notifies applicants whether or not their application has been recommended for further consideration in the host countries; this notification is emailed. Please let your CIES Program Officer know if your email address changed since you submitted your application. Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies (Posts) or binational Fulbright Commissions overseas and the J.W. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board review recommended applications.


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.


Pre-departure information provided.

March onward

Grant details are finalized and grants may begin.

Meet the 2016-2017 Global Award Scholars

Dr. Michael Sfraga Marco Castaldi
Home Institution: City College of New York, The City University of New York
Host Countries: France, Italy
Discipline: Chemical Engineering
Project Title: Development and Valorization of Waste Residual Materials for Environmental Applications
Dr. Ross A. Virginia Joelle Dietrick
Home Institution: Florida State University
Host Countries: Germany, Chile, Hong Kong
Discipline: Intermedia/Multimedia
Project Title: Cargomobilities: Seaport Infrastructure in Hamburg, Valparaíso and Hong Kong


Dr. Tom Arnbom

Abraham Engeda
Home Institution: Michigan State University
Host Countries: China, Ethiopia
Discipline: Mechanical Engineering
Project Title: Hydropower: Low Impact Hydropower Turbine Design-Development-Investigation and Concept Verification Followed by Implementation

Dr. Linda Chamberlain

Michael Greenfield
Home Institution: University of Rhode Island
Host Countries: Denmark, Netherlands
Discipline: Chemical Engineering
Project Title: Simulating Bitumen on the Molecular Level: Collaborations to improve modeling of "real world" materials


Susan Chatwood

Kimberly Hoang
Home Institution: University of Chicago
Host Countries: Vietnam, Burma (Myanmar)
Discipline: Regional Studies
Project Title: Capital Brokers in Emerging Markets

Asli Dis

Gregory Kirk
Home Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Host Countries: Barbados, South Africa, Netherlands
Discipline: Epidemiology
Project Title: Enhancing Investigator and Research Capacity Globally to Address the Double Burden of HIV and Non-Communicable Diseases


Dr. Gunhild Gjørv

Terry Konn
Home Institution: Brookdale Community College
Host Countries: Ghana, Rwanda
Discipline: Health Services/Allied Health & Sciences
Project Title: Bringing the Knowledge Gap: Preparing for Future Medical Imaging Practice

Margaret Lanzetta
Home Institution: Independent Scholar
Host Countries: India, Singapore, Thailand
Discipline: Arts
Project Title: Mixed Waters: Indian Trade Textiles; The Confluence of Color, Pattern and Cultural References Embodied in Cloth in India, Singapore and Thailand


Dr. Anne Hansen

Rachel Lopez
Home Institution: Drexel University
Host Countries: Guatemala, Spain
Discipline: International Law
Project Title: The Complementarity of Transitional Justice Mechanisms

Brian Meacham

Brian Meacham
Home Institution: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Host Countries: Sweden, Spain, Japan
Discipline: Engineering, Other
Project Title: Understanding and Advancing Performance-Based Building Regulatory Systems


Joshua Newell

Joshua Newell
Home Institution: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Host Countries: Japan, China, Russia
Discipline: Geography, E. Europe & USSR
Project Title: Environmental Governance of Global Wood Commodity Chains: From the Forests of Siberia to the Apartments of Kanto via the Factories of Manchuria

Andrea Orzoff

Andrea Orzoff
Home Institution: New Mexico State University
Host Countries: Germany, Mexico, Peru
Discipline: History
Project Title: Music in Flight: Exiles, Refugees, Fugitives, and the Politics of Music in Latin America, 1933-1960


Hugh Safford

Hugh Safford
Home Institution: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region
Host Countries: Spain, Portugal, France
Discipline: Ecology
Project Title: Using Mediterranean Advances in Postfire Ecosystem Restoration to Inform and Improve California Restoration Policy and Practice

Greta Schiller

Greta Schiller
Home Institution: Rachel Carson Center for Environment and History, University of Munich
Host Countries: Spain, India, Australia
Discipline: Film Production
Project Title: Earth Repair: Ecological Restoration on Three Continents


Adam Seligman

Adam Seligman
Home Institution: Boston University
Host Countries: Japan, Israel
Discipline: Cultural Sociology
Project Title: Living with Difference

Keya Sen

Keya Sen
Home Institution: University of Washington Bothell
Host Countries: India, Bangladesh, China
Discipline: Microbiology
Project Title: Are Crows Nuisance to Public Health or Can They Have a Positive Contribution to Society: Molecular investigation of the pathogen campylobacter carried by crows


Valerie Soe

Valerie Soe
Home Institution: San Francisco State University
Host Countries: Taiwan, Hong Kong, United Kingdom
Discipline: Intermedia/Multimedia
Project Title: Love Boat: Taiwan documentary film project

Kirilka Stavreva

Kirilka Stavreva
Home Institution: Cornell College
Host Countries: United Kingdom, Italy
Discipline: English Literature
Project Title: The Merchant of Venice" on the Global Stage


Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor
Home Institution: Marquette University
Host Countries: Turkey, Italy
Discipline: Philosophy, Miscellaneous
Project Title: Aquinas and "the Arabs": the Kalam fi mahd al-khair (Liber de causis)