Project Statement | core Fulbright Scholar Program

Guidance for Project Statement


All applications require a project statement. This is your opportunity to explain your specific strengths as a candidate to reviewers and potential hosts. It must be clear and compelling to audiences both inside and outside your field.


Format Requirements:

  • 3 to 5 pages, single spaced, 12-point or larger font size
  • Submission as a PDF attachment
  • Headers and/or bullets to organize and convey key elements may be helpful

Content Guidelines:

  • What you propose to do
  • How you propose to do it
  • Why it is important
  • What benefits it will produce for the hosts, for the discipline, for the applicant and the home institution

Teaching Awards specifically describe:

  • Why this country? What can you contribute to the host institution and what will it mean for you professionally?
  • What experiences have prepared you to teach in this country? Experiences that indicate your collegiality, adaptability, cultural sensitivity, ability to serve as a cultural ambassador.
  • What have you taught, how do you teach, your involvement in curriculum planning, thesis advising, or administrative responsibilities?
  • What courses do you propose to teach? Do you plan other teaching activities? (seminars, curriculum and program development, public lectures)
  • How you will adapt your materials to the culture and language of the host country?
  • How will you adapt to a pedagogically different teaching environment in which the first language for your students may not be English?
  • What impact do you expect on your teaching and/or professional work?
  • How do you expect to use the experience upon your return? (institutional collaboration, student and faculty exchange)

Research Awards specifically describe:

  • What do you propose to do? State clearly your objectives, methodology and the nature of your research (quantitative or qualitative.)
  • What is the academic and professional context of the project? Include a bibliography (not exceeding 3 pages) referring to the leading works by others and the current state of research in the field.
  • What professional experience prepared you to successfully accomplish this project?
  • Why does it need to be done? What significance does it hold for your discipline, your development, the host country’s benefit?
  • How will you carry out the proposed research? (methodology, logistics, time frame)
  • How feasible is your project in terms of resources and amount of time allocated?
  • Why does it need to be done in this country? What research facilities and resources are found in the host country?
  • How may local political or cultural issues impact your work?
  • How will your results be disseminated? (publications, conference presentations, joint collaboration)

Teaching/Research Awards specifically describe:

  • Both the teaching and the research components, using the above suggestions.
  • Match your teaching and research time allocations to any specifics given in the award description (e.g., if the award denotes 80% teaching and 20% research, then the project statement should reflect this requirement).
  • Lacking a specific percentage requirement, you should address both the teaching and research components adequately. If you have any questions about the percentages, consult with your potential host or contact the appropriate CIES program officer.

Previous Fulbright grantees should also address:

  • What accomplishments and contributions resulted from your earlier grant(s)
  • How this grant will build on your previous Fulbright experience

Guidance for Your Project Statement: