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?
This cannot be determined until the application deadline has passed as the numbers vary each year. Peer reviewers review all of the applications assigned to their committee.

Discipline:  Application numbers vary by discipline; many disciplines have multiple committees reflecting the major specializations. Discipline committees typically review no more than 30 applications.

Regional: Application numbers vary by region. Generally, regional committees can expect to review between 40 and 70 applications.

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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.

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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 2017 (for the 2018-19 competition) and may next apply in 2018 (for the 2019-20 competition). Peer reviewers may resign from service to prepare a Fulbright application. This applies to discipline reviewers and regional reviewers, regardless of the region for which they are review and to which region they may be applying. Doing so is a conflict of interest and the application may be disqualified.

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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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