Who's Eligible

Successful candidates will include rising scholars or practitioners active in the academic, public or private sectors that demonstrate outstanding qualifications and a record of experience and accomplishment in an area clearly related to one of the designated research themes. Applicants must be conducting current research relevant to the program's themes and objectives, be open to exploring and incorporating comparative, interdisciplinary approaches in their investigations, and interested in developing collaborative activities with other Fulbright NEXUS Scholars.

  • Applicants must be from Latin America, Canada, the Caribbean or the United States.
  • Non-U.S. applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of and residing in the country from which they are applying at the time of application. Non-U.S. applicants holding permanent residency "green cards", whether or not they reside in the U.S., are not eligible. Since specific residency requirements vary from country to country, applicants should contact their local Fulbright office directly to determine their eligibility.
  • U.S. applicants must have U.S. citizenship and be residing permanently in the United States
  • U.S. applicants who are currently on the Fulbright Specialist Roster may not accept any Specialist assignments during the Fulbright NEXUS Scholar Program year.
  • Participants should be early or mid-career academics, applied researchers and/or professionals with research experience in the public, non-profit, or private sector.
  • A Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree is preferred, but is not required. Candidates with a master’s degree are required to have a minimum of five years of research experience.
  • Applicants should have particular expertise and research experience in one of the five identified research areas.
  • Non-U.S. Scholars must demonstrate proficiency in English; U.S. Scholars must demonstrate proficiency in either Portuguese or Spanish.
  • Non-U.S. applications must be submitted through a participating Fulbright Commission or Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the home country.
  • U.S. applications must be submitted through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).
  • View the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board’s policy on lifetime limits.

    Please note: Candidates who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States will be given preference, provided their qualifications are approximately equivalent to those of other candidates.