Professional Projects

The “Professional Project” activity type provides professionals and artists in various fields the opportunity to interact with relevant organizations abroad to further their career goals. Professional Projects may include visits to organizations in the applicant's field, practical experience in day-to-day operations, public lectures, artist residencies, or other appropriate professional activities.

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Examples

  • “Analysis of British Police Tactical Units” Chester McMillion, United Kingdom (2011-12)
    LAPD Sergeant Chester McMillon partnered with the West Yorkshire Police to study various SWAT protocols utilized by U.K. police and military hostage rescue units. According to McMillon, his Fulbright “facilitated a rare opportunity to network face-to-face, establish professional and personal relationships, and to exchange vital information.”
     
  • “Non-Measureable Objects” Leah Beeferman, Finland (2016-17)
    Leah Beeferman attended several artist residencies in Finland, where she explored the relationship between arctic landscapes and the abstract realm of quantum physics. As a result of her Fulbright grant, she presented an exhibition of new work at Sorbus Galleria in Helsinki. She also gave public lectures and networked with the Finnish art community. Learn more about her Fulbright experience on her blog.
Grant/Program Dates or Duration:

Two to 12 months

Deadline:
September 16, 2019

Contact:
scholars@iie.org

FAQ Professional Projects

  1. Which awards offer the Professional Project activity type?
  2. What kinds of activities are considered Professional Projects?  
  3. How does the Professional Project activity type differ from the Research activity type?
  4. What application materials are required for Professional Projects?
  5. Can for-profit organizations serve as hosts for Professional Projects?   
  6. Can workshops/conferences/trainings serve as a host for Professional Projects? 
  7. Does a host institution need to be local, or can we partner with American organizations that work overseas? 
  8. Can Professional Projects be combined with Teaching or Research activities?
  9. Can applicants propose Professional Projects that would involve visiting institutions for the purpose of starting study abroad relationships/MOUs for their home institution?
  10. Can medical professionals apply for a grant under the Professional Project activity type?

 

1. Which awards offer the Professional Project activity type?
For the 2020-21 competition, the following awards offer this activity type:

2. What kinds of activities are considered Professional Projects?  
Permissible activities may include visits to organizations in the applicant's professional field, practical experience in day-to-day operations, public lectures, artist residencies, or other appropriate professional experiences. However, details vary according to the specific award.  If you are uncertain whether your project falls under the Professional Project activity type, please contact the IIE staff member listed in the award description.

3. How does the Professional Project activity type differ from the Research activity type?
The Research activity type comprises traditional academic research, such as laboratory observation, field interviews, or statistical models. The Professional Project activity type, however, encompasses undertakings that fall outside traditional academic research.

4. What application materials are required for Professional Projects?
Professional Projects include the same application materials as Research proposals.

  • Application Form
  • Project Statement

Statements should include a concrete description of the planned activities during the grant period and an explanation of the expected benefits for the applicant, his/her professional field, and host community/organization.  

  • Tailored Curriculum Vitae or Resume 
  • Select Bibliography

The bibliography should demonstrate to peer review committees that the applicants have context of key work related to their proposal. Applicants should include critical theory related to their project, which may include (but is not limited to) journal articles, newspaper articles, books, works or exhibitions by other artists, conference proceedings, reports, films or videos, collection articles, court cases, microforms, websites, or digital images.  

  • Reference Letters
  • Supplemental Materials

For applicants in the following fields only: architecture and city planning, the arts (digital, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and other), and creative writing (creative fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, journalism and other), dance, film studies, media arts, music (composition, performance and other) and theater arts.

If applicants plan to include any workshop or training activities in their project, they should apply for a Professional Project/Teaching grant and include 2-3 sample syllabi/course outlines with their application materials. These syllabi can come from previous workshops/trainings that the applicants have conducted or new materials developed for the proposed project.

5. Can for-profit organizations serve as hosts for Professional Projects?   
For-profit organizations may not serve as hosts for Professional Projects. Appropriate hosts might include a non-profit organization, artist residency, studio collective, governmental agency, museum, professional association, cultural organization, K-12 institution, university, college, language institute, research institute, laboratory, think tank or foundation. If you are uncertain whether your host is appropriate, please contact IIE staff listed in the award description.
 
6. Can workshops/conferences/trainings serve as a host for Professional Projects?   
Generally, no, though details about acceptable host institutions vary according to each country or award. Projects must be original and designed by the applicant, with the exception of artist residencies. If you are uncertain whether your host is appropriate, please check the award description in the Catalog of Awards or contact IIE staff.
 
7. Does a host institution need to be local, or can we partner with American organizations that work overseas?   
Local organizations operated by citizens of the host country are preferred. However, in some cases, international organizations have been approved as hosts. Please check the award description in the Catalog of Awards or contact IIE staff to inquire whether your host is permissible.
 
8. Can Professional Projects be combined with Teaching or Research activities?
Permissible activities vary depending on which award you apply to. If allowable, “Professional Project/Teaching” or “Professional Project/Research” will be listed under “Activity” on the award description.
 
9. Can applicants propose Professional Projects that would involve visiting institutions for the purpose of starting study abroad relationships/MOUs for their home institution?
No. Applicants who serve as international education professionals and senior higher education officials should consider applying for an International Education Administrator (IEA) seminar to fulfill these types of projects. We hope that MOUs and study abroad relationships are an outcome from a Fulbright grant, but this should not be the sole purpose of a grant under the Professional Project activity type.
 
10. Can medical professionals apply for a grant under the Professional Project activity type?
The grant is meant for professionals in all fields. However, proposals for medical research involving clinical training, patient care or patient contact are not eligible. Medical professionals should propose projects that do not involve these kinds of activities. Fulbright policies do not authorize activity for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required.

2/6/2019