Fulbright Global Scholar Award


Meet the 2016-2017 Global Award Scholars.

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 2019, Country B June 2019, Country C July 2019

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 2018
  2. Country B December 2018-January 2019
  3. Country C (or A, or B) April-May 2019

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

Example Grant Segments:

  1. Country A September 2018, Country B October 2018
  2. Country A March 2019, Country B (or C) April 2019

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 2018-2019 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. 

Deadline:
August 1, 2017

Contact:
GlobalAward@iie.org

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. Additional Fulbright policies are available here.

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.
  • 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. (For serial grants, the two-year period begins at the end of the final grant in the series.)
  • 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

  • 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. (For serial grants, the two-year period begins at the end of the final grant in the series.)
  • 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.

January

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.

February

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)

 

 

FAQs | Core Fulbright Scholar Program

  1. How can I get an application?
  2. Do I have to know a foreign language?
  3. Do I have to have an invitation letter?
  4. I need an invitation letter, how do I get one?
  5. Are there summer awards available?
  6. If I am selected, can I bring my family with me on my grant?
  7. If I already had a Fulbright, can I get another one?
  8. Can I apply to more than one country?
  9. How can I make my application more successful?
  10. Who should write my reference letters?
  11. How is my application reviewed and how am I notified?
  12. What are the financial benefits of Fulbright awards?
  13. Can I apply to the Fulbright Scholar Program to fund MA/PhD research?
  14. I am a retired academic or professional, can I still go on a Fulbright grant?
  15. 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?

  1. How can I get an application?
    We only accept online applications. Please read the application guidelines before beginning your application. Begin or return to your application here.
     
  2. Do I have to know a foreign language?
    Most lecturers teach in English, with some exceptions in Latin America and Africa.
    If you are applying for a research award, your foreign language ability must meet the needs of the project. Be certain to indicate in your methodology discussion how you will need to use the language, since activities vary and reviewers should not have to make assumptions.
     
  3. Do I need to have an invitation letter?
    This depends on the award. Some countries require an invitation letter, especially for open “All Disciplines” awards. Other countries encourage but do not require a letter of invitation, while others still specifically request that you do not contact potential host institutions. The preference is clearly spelled out in the award description. If it is not clear, contact the program officer responsible for that country.
     
  4. I need an invitation letter. How do I get one?
    If you do not have a contact, your goal is to determine the name of an appropriate faculty member for a specific discipline or subfield within the discipline. Once you have determined possible hosts, write that faculty member a description of who you are (an attached C.V. can be helpful) and what you want to do while in that country. Note that you plan to apply for a Fulbright grant and that the application requires a letter of invitation. There may be several communications before a letter is forthcoming, but this method often works.
     
  5. Are there summer awards available?
    Each country establishes the time period for its grants, so you should check the timeframe indicated for each program as well as for particular awards. For the most part, grant periods follow the academic calendar in the host country for lecturing awards. So, if universities are in session from May to August, then an award in the summer may be possible. For research awards, there is a fair amount of latitude on the starting date, but the proposed schedule must fit within the parameters established by the country.
     
  6. If I am selected, can I take my family with me on my grant?
    This depends on the award and host country. Most awards have no restrictions on accompanying dependents; however, some awards do have restrictions. Check the award description and/or consult the program staff responsible for that award. Many grantees bring their families and report that the time abroad benefited all family members. No additional financial benefits for dependents are awarded for the Fulbright Global Scholar Award.
     
  7. If I already had a Fulbright, can I get 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. (For serial grants, the two-year period begins at the end of the final grant in the series.) Additional Fulbright policies are available here.
     
  8. Can I apply to more than one country?
    Only through the Global Scholar Award or multi-country awards may applicants include more than one country (within a region or outside a region) in their application. For all other awards, applicants may apply for only one country or regional program at a time. Please consult the Catalog of Awards for the most up to date award offerings.
     
  9. How can I make my application more successful?
    There is no "formula" for a successful grant. Each individual's application should be about the candidate, how the grant time will be spent, and what outcomes can be reasonably expected. What is successful for one applicant may not be effective for another applicant. The responsible program officer is a good point of contact for discussions of how to shape a competitive application. Also, see our application guidelines for tips on making your application more competitive.
     
  10. Who should write my reference letters?
    While it is useful to have someone with a known reputation in the field, the best criteria for recommendations is someone who knows your work and character extensively. We also advise mixing internal and external letters to demonstrate the breadth of your contacts. You may also contact a professional reference who knows you well. For teaching or teaching/research awards, one letter should be written by the head of your department or dean of your school. Please see our application guidelines and developing contacts abroad for additional information.
     
  11. How is my application reviewed and how am I notified?
    Your application will be reviewed in a two-tiered process, first by discipline then by country/region. Comments from U.S. scholars in your discipline will be shared with a panel of U.S. academics and professionals who have experience in the world area to which you applied.  All candidates will be notified after the country/region review meeting is held in Washington, D.C., sometime in the fall. More specific guidelines are found in our review criteria.

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

  1. What are the financial benefits of Fulbright awards?
    Grant benefits vary by country and type of award. Generally speaking, Fulbright grants are budgeted to cover travel and living costs in-country for the grantee and their accompanying dependents. Check the award description in the catalog of awards and/or consult program staff responsible for the particular award you are interested in.
     
  2. Can I apply to the Fulbright Scholar Program to fund MA/PhD research?
    The Fulbright Scholar Program does not support research activities for obtaining an MA/PhD, however you may wish to review the opportunities provided by the Fulbright Student Program.
     
  3. I am a retired academic or professional, can I still go on a Fulbright grant?
    Yes, the Fulbright Scholar Program welcomes scholars and professionals at all stages of their careers. As is required of all applicants, the project statement should address the expected benefits of the Fulbright grant to you (professionally and personally), to the United States (how will you share your experience when you return?), and to your host institution.
     
  4. 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 feedback from the U.S. peer review committees as well as posts and commissions abroad. CIES operates in conformity with the policies of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). According to FFSB policy, CIES cannot give applicants the specific reasons for selection or non-selection. If you are interested in reapplying, you are encouraged to contact the CIES country or regional lead, who can provide general guidance on reapplying.