The full text of the current J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Policies For Fulbright U.S. Scholars may be found in Chapter 600: U.S. Lecturers and Research Scholars.
Eligibility requirements apply at the time
of application. Applicants must meet
all of the following requirements—unless
specific exemptions are stated in individual
country or award descriptions. Applicants
will be considered without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, age, national origin
and/or physical impairment.
- U.S. citizen at the time of application. Permanent resident status is not sufficient. If a naturalized citizen, applicant must provide actual date of naturalization.
- For academics, a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree at the time of application plus a minimum of five years of post-doctoral teaching or professional experience in the field in which you are applying.
- Sound physical and mental health.
- Grants shall not authorize activity for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required.
- For professionals and artists outside academe, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments plus a minimum of five years of professional experience in the field in which you are applying (Note: Specialists work with colleagues at non-U.S. degree granting, academic institutions. In the application, professionals and artists outside academe should highlight 1) experience as a college/university teacher or trainer and/or 2) how their experience could benefit foreign academic institutions).
- Applicants are required to disclose any prior convictions of a felony or a misdemeanor (excluding minor traffic violations). The complete JWFFSB regulations can be found under Ineligibility Factors.
- Employees, spouses or dependent children of the United States Department of State or public and private organizations under contract to the United States Department of State exchange programs are ineligible to apply for a Fulbright grant until one year after the employee's termination.
- Fulbright specialists must be residing in the United States at the time they are approved for a grant and intend to return to the U.S. after the grant's completion. Roster applicants or candidates need not necessarily be residing in the United States in order to be approved or accepted for the Roster, but must be residing in the United States in order to receive a grant; candidates who have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in a 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.
After State Department approval of the project, CIES contacts the preferred candidate indicated by the requesting institution or, for open requests, contacts appropriate Specialist candidates to ascertain their interest and availability for the project. CIES processes the grant and administers the grant payment for the candidate ultimately selected for the Specialist project.