- How do I apply?
The application is available online. Please read the application guidelines before beginning your application.
- What is meant by early career? Is there a profile of a candidate that is the target of the application?
Early to mid-career entrepreneurial and self-starter professionals with a graduate degree in a public-policy related field (e.g., JD, MPA, MPH) and a minimum of three to five years of full-time work experience. Postdoctoral candidates and practitioners active in the public or private sectors with a record of experience and accomplishment in a public policy related area are encouraged to apply. Candidates with field-specific background applicable to public policy (e.g., Energy, Agriculture, Engineering) are preferred.
- Do I have to know a foreign language?
- Peru- Advanced (Superior) Spanish is required.
- Burma - Burmese language fluency is not required but helpful.
- Coite d’Ivoire - Proficiency in French is required.
- Ukraine – Basic level of Ukrainian or Russian language skills for some specific ministries is preferred; others work in English on a regular basis
Fulbright Public Policy Fellows will be required to carry out a position in a foreign government ministry effectively and seamlessly. Meeting the language requirements is critical for completing the daily requirements of the professional placement. For research grant activity, language fluency sufficient to complete the research project is required. For applicants without local language proficiency, feasibility of conducting research must be demonstrated in both the project statement and the language self-evaluation form of the Fulbright application. Non-native speakers who have local language abilities will be asked to also register an external evaluator within the application.
- Do I need to have an invitation letter?
A letter of invitation should not be sought/is not required for professional placement. Applicants should not contact potential host ministries to organize or advocate for a placement. Placements are negotiated directly between the U.S. Embassy and the Host Ministry. A letter of invitation from organization or academic institution supporting the research component is also not required but may be submitted.
- If I am selected, can I take my family with me on my grant?
Dependent benefits are not available under the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship.
- Can I apply to more than one country?
Applications should be written with a focus on one country, Interest in a second country may be identified on the application, applicants must meet all requirements for each country to which they are applying.
- Can I apply to the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship if I am on the Fulbright Specialist Roster?
You are allowed to apply to the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship while on the Fulbright Specialist roster. Recipients of a Fulbright Specialist Program grant are not required to adhere to the two-year waiting period before applying for a Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship grant. Likewise, recipients of a Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship grant are not required to adhere to the two-year waiting period before applying for a Fulbright Specialist Program grant.
- How can I make my application more successful?
There is no "formula" for a successful grant. Each individual's application should be about the candidate, how the grant time will be spent, and what outcomes can be reasonably expected. What is successful for one applicant may not be effective for another applicant. See our application guidelines for tips on making your application more competitive.
- Who should write my reference letters?
While it is useful to have someone with a known reputation in the field, the best criteria for recommendations is someone who knows your work and character extensively. We also advise mixing internal (individuals at your current place of work) and external letters (individuals outside of your current place of work, but who know you well) to demonstrate the breadth of your contacts. Professional references who can speak to your practical work experience and skillset are encouraged; references who are only able to discuss your academic/classroom experience are accepted but not preferred.
- What type of research project will be accepted?
Research projects should be an independent, public policy focused proposal that identifies and addresses the needs and interests of the host ministry and host country; demonstrates potential to advance knowledge, and to establish lasting connections and ties with the host country. A smaller component of the Fellowship 20% of total time), the independent research project must be carried out in consultation with the ministry, on a schedule that meets the ministry project timeline/goals/etc for your specific assignment.
Examples of successful past projects and placements include:
- Examining opportunities to strengthen inter-ministry collaboration for public health
- Implementing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms
- Supporting corruption prevention practices
- Assisting with trade negotiation preparations
- Examining intercultural-bilingual education quality
- Streamlining renewable energy policies related to geothermal law
- Conducting census mapping of community health workers
- How is my application reviewed and how am I notified?
Applications are reviewed by Peer Review Committee comprised of public policy professionals and academics. Recommended applications will be reviewed by the US Embassy or Fulbright Commission in the host country, followed by interviews. IIE will notify candidates of their selection status.
- What are the financial benefits of Fulbright awards?
Monthly benefits will follow the rates for Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar grants in each proposed country. See awards.cies.org for more details. Dependent benefits are not available under the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship. Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the 2021-22 academic year and are subject to the availability of congressionally appropriated funds. The United States Department of State reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
Round-trip, economy-class, international travel for the grantee provided. Relocation Allowance of $500 provided.
A $750 research and professional development allowance is provided to be used for research materials; expenses related to the placement such as site visits, training, or materials.
Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the 2021-2022 academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
Fulbright Public Policy Fellows