The peer review process, a hallmark of the Fulbright Scholar program, ensures that applicants will be evaluated on academic, scholarly and professional criteria. CIES is responsible for coordinating the initial screening of Fulbright Scholar applications, known as peer review, for the Fulbright Scholar Program.
There are two rounds of peer review administered by CIES. Applications are first received by Discipline Committees, made up of two to three members, chosen for their knowledge and expertise within a specified area of study or discipline. Following Discipline Peer Review, each application is then sent to a panel made up of four to five Regional Peer Reviewers who have significant professional experience in the specific world region of the application. Each Regional Peer Review committee will then make recommendations based on their own review, along with the comments of the Discipline committees.
Stages of Peer Review
- Discipline Committee Members are asked to review up to 30 Fulbright Scholar applications during a two-week review window beginning mid-August.
Discipline Reviewers work independently through an online review platform, where they read each application and provide comments based on provided criteria. Reviewers will also be asked to assign a rating to each application. Once the Discipline Review is complete, the applications, along with Discipline Committee comments and ratings, are released to Regional Committee members.
- Regional Committee Members are given access to the applications in the online review platform approximately one month before the Regional Committee meetings in Washington, D.C.; Regional Committee Members can expect to review up to 80 applications.
All reviewers are expected to complete their work within the allotted time period to ensure that each application can continue through the review process.
Join a Discipline Committee
Thank you for your interest in serving on a Fulbright Scholar Peer Review Committee. If you would like to continue the process of joining a committee, please complete this survey and submit an updated CV to PeerReview@iie.org.
Why Become a Peer Review Committee Member?
The work of the Peer Review Committees is vital to the success of the Fulbright Scholar Program. It is because of the great care that peer reviewers take while reviewing applications that we can ensure a fair selection of Fulbright Scholar Program grantees.
Enrich: Continuing enrichment of your Fulbright experience by learning from other applicants in your field and giving back to the Fulbright Program.
Engage: Engaging in a deeper way with the Fulbright Program and Fulbright Scholar Alumni.
Evaluate: Evaluating applications will expose you to ongoing projects in your field and help ensure the competitiveness of the Fulbright Scholar Program.
To recognize the time and commitment from each reviewer, CIES will submit a letter of acknowledgement to your administrators following each review cycle.
Term of Appointment
Prospective Discipline and Regional committee members are identified based on recommendations from CIES board members, CIES staff, current committee members and individual self-nomination. Once approved, members of committees are appointed for a three year term by CIES on the authority of the Conference Board of Associated Research Councils. Academic discipline, demography, age and gender balance are taken into consideration in determining the final composition of the review committees. Peer reviewers are expected to make a three-year commitment to serve on review committees.
If you wish to join a Regional Peer Review committee, please contact a staff member associated with your country or regional expertise.