FAQs | Peer Review

  1. How many applications will I review?
  2. How much time should I spend on each application?
  3. When does my term begin and end?
  4. Can I still apply for a Fulbright Grant?
  5. Are there other programs that seek peer reviewers?

1. How many applications will I review as a Peer Review committee member?
As the application numbers vary each year, this cannot be determined precisely until the application deadline has passed and applications are assigned to committees. However, committees can typically expect to review between 40 and 55 applications. Peer reviewers review all of the applications assigned to their committee.

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2. How much time should I spend on each application?
Peer reviewers typically spend 30-45 minutes per application. As regional peer review committees typically meet in person, regional peer reviewers also need to commit time to travel to and from Washington, D.C. for an all-day meeting. 

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3. When does my term begin and end?
Peer reviewers are asked to serve a term of three years. This is subject to change depending on several factors, including the applicant pool. Each year, IIE conducts a needs analysis, comparing the overall pool of applications to the awards available; committees are formed to ensure broad representation of the applicant pool. If a reviewer is not needed in a given field for a particular year, their term may be extended for an additional year. IIE also understands that the reviewer’s availability may change from year to year, and asks that returning reviewers contact us as soon as possible if they will not be available.

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4. Can I still apply for a Fulbright Grant as a reviewer?
No. Peer reviewers for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program may not submit an application for a Fulbright Scholar award until the next academic competition following completion of their service. For example, they may review applications in 2019 (for the 2020-2021 competition) and may next apply in 2020 (for the 2021-2022 competition). Peer reviewers may resign from service to prepare a Fulbright application.

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5. Are there other programs I can review for, such as the International Education Administrator Seminars?
Some programs, such as the International Education Administrator Seminars have different (later) deadlines, and committees are convened to review those applications. Please contact PeerReview@iie.org if you are interested in reviewing for one of these awards; preference is given to Seminar alumni.

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