Project Statement | Core Fulbright Scholar Program

Guidance for Project Statement


All applications require a project statement. This is your opportunity to explain your specific strengths as a candidate to reviewers and potential hosts. It must be clear and compelling to audiences both inside and outside your field.


Format Requirements:

  • 3 to 5 pages, single spaced, 12-point or larger font size, 1-inch margins
  • Headers and/or bullets to organize and convey key elements, and page numbers may be helpful
  • File type: Adobe PDF or Word document
  • File size cannot exceed 2MB

Content Guidelines:

  • What you propose to do.
  • How you propose to do it.
  • Why it is important.
  • What benefits it will produce for the host, the discipline, the applicant and the home institution.

Project Statements for Teaching Awards specifically describe:

  • Why this country? What can you contribute to the host institution and what will it mean for you professionally?
  • What experiences have prepared you to teach in this country? Experiences that indicate your collegiality, adaptability, cultural sensitivity, ability to serve as a cultural ambassador.
  • What have you taught, how do you teach, your involvement in curriculum planning, thesis advising, or administrative responsibilities?
  • What courses do you propose to teach? Do you plan other teaching activities? (Such as seminars, curriculum and program development, public lectures)
  • How you will adapt your materials to the culture and language of the host country?
  • How will you adapt to a pedagogically different teaching environment in which the first language for your students may not be English?
  • What impact do you expect on your teaching and/or professional work?
  • How do you expect to use the experience upon your return? (Such as institutional collaboration, student and faculty exchange)

Project Statements for Research Awards specifically describe:

  • What do you propose to do? State clearly your objectives, methodology and the nature of your research (quantitative or qualitative.)
  • What is the academic and professional context of the project?
    • Note: you will upload your bibliography as a separate attachment on a separate page of the application. The bibliography will reflect the current state of research in the field.
  • What professional experience prepared you to successfully accomplish this project?
  • Why does it need to be done? What significance does it hold for your discipline, your development, the host country’s benefit?
  • How will you carry out the proposed research? (Such as methodology, logistics, time frame)
  • How feasible is your project in terms of resources and amount of time allocated?
  • Why does it need to be done in this country? What research facilities and resources are found in the host country?
  • How could local political or cultural issues impact your work?
  • How will your results be disseminated? (Such as publications, conference presentations, joint collaboration, exhibitions)

Project Statements for Teaching/Research Awards specifically describe:

  • Both the teaching and the research components, using the above suggestions.
  • If award description specifies the teaching and research time allocation, ensure the project statement matches and reflects this (e.g., if the award denotes 80% teaching and 20% research, then the project statement should reflect this requirement).
  • If award description does not specify a specific percentage requirement, address both the teaching and research components adequately. If you have any questions about the percentages, consult with your potential host or contact the appropriate CIES program officer.

Project Statements for Flex Awards specifically describe:

  • The applicable teaching and/or the research components, using the above suggestions.
  • Clear plans and justification for Flex, including project timeline.

Project Statements for International Education Administrators Awards specifically describe:

  • Your current job responsibilities and how they relate to this grant.
  • The impact your participation would have on your career, professional development, home institution, and/or community.
  • How you would share what you have learned with your home institution and others.

Previous Fulbright grant recipients must also address:

  • What accomplishments and contributions resulted from your earlier grant(s)?
  • How will this grant build on your previous Fulbright experience(s)?

Guidance for Your Project Statement: