Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright Global Scholar Award

Application Deadline
closed
Award Code
13551-MC
Activity Type
Professional Project
A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.
Research
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Teaching
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
Teaching/Research
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Career Profile
Artists
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Professionals
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Approximately
20
Award Start Period
June 2023 - May 2024
Award Length
3 months - 6 months
Flex Option
Yes
Country
Multi-country
Multi-Country/Area Award
Yes
Disciplines
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Scholars and appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia may engage in collaborative research or combine teaching and research activities or pursue a professional project in their area of specialization ​in two to three countries in at least two different world regions. Activities may also include consulting on curriculum, program and faculty development and conducting workshops. Applicants with a teaching/research project may determine the percentage of the grant dedicated to each activity and should define this in the project proposal. The activities can be conducted in the same academic year or over the course of two consecutive years and may consist of one multi-country trip, two or three single country trips or two dual-country trips.

 


Robert Dawson, 2018-2019 Global Scholar, photographed libraries throughout Greece, Italy and Israel developing insights into libraries, literacy, education and culture.

 

Locations Detail

Any appropriate institution, research center, non-profit organization, government agency, museum, or arts organization in each of the selected countries. A country is an eligible host country only if it has an existing Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Proposals must include only two or three host countries. The host countries must be from at least two different world regions. World regions are defined as Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe-Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, and Western Hemisphere. Projects which include countries from only one world region will not be accepted. Proposals that include host countries in the developing world are specially welcome and encouraged. The United States is not an eligible host country for this award. Please see the following multi-country awards if you are interested in a project focused on only one world region:

  • South and Central Asia Regional Research Program
  • Africa Regional Research Program
  • Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program
  • ASEAN Research Program
  • Cross-Strait Studies Research Program
  • Fulbright-Carlos Rico Award for North American Studies
  • Fulbright-Schuman European Union Affairs Program
  • Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Award
Award Length and Period

Three to six months total with minimum of one month spent in each host country, each visit. 

Earliest start date is June 15, 2023; latest start date is May 2024. All grants must be completed by August 2025. Preference may be given to scholars proposing projects during the host institution's academic year. 

Flex Description

Grants for the Fulbright Global Scholar Award may consist of one multi-country trip; two or three single country trips; two dual-country trips; or a combination of one single country trip and one dual country trip. Additional parameters include:

  • Minimum length of the total grant is three months and the maximum is six months;
  • Minimum length for any grant segment is one month;
  • Two or three grant segments can be conducted in the same academic year or over the course of two consecutive years; and,
  • A minimum of one month must be spent in each host country, each visit. 

The Flex Award is designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the host country. This option allows grants to be conducted over two or three short segments. Applicants must select Flex in the application form, and clearly describe their plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline. Flex grantees may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host-country academic community.

Grant segments are allowed to be conducted in summer months
Yes
Special Features

Interested applicants should provide a clear project timeline in the project statement. All Global grantees may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host-country academic community.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Not applicable – all U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, regardless of dual citizenship or residency.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

A letter of invitation from each proposed host institution, confirming the applicant's proposed timeline, must be submitted at the time of application. Project statement must include a detailed description of proposed grant activities (research, or teaching and research), including duration and dates in each country, justification for each country to be visited, host institutions and site(s) to be visited (where feasible).

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

Confirm with each host institution the language of instruction for proposed teaching. 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.

Additional Qualification Information

While a Ph.D. (or equivalent terminal degree such as MBA, MFA, etc.) is preferred, it is not required.  Applicants with equivalent professional/artistic training or experience (recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishment) are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional Comments

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Allowances

Monthly benefits will follow the rates for Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar grants in each proposed country with a minimum monthly rate of $3,500. These figures can be found under the "Award Benefits" tab on any award page. Dependent benefits are not available under the Fulbright Global Scholar Award. Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the 2023-2​4 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. 

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Round-trip, economy-class, international travel for the grantee provided for each country visit. Travel will be arranged directly by a travel agency selected by IIE. Relocation Allowance of $500 provided per each country visit.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

A $750 book/research allowance is provided for each country visit to assist with the costs of teaching and research materials. Books purchased should to be donated to the host institution upon completion of the grant segment.

Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of total monthly Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a monthly base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. Research-only or Professional Project grantees receive a standard stipend that is not adjusted for academic rank. In most cases, dependent benefits will not be provided to Flex grantees, or to grantees pursuing grants less than four months (or a semester) in length.

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the 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.

Countries Overview

The Fulbright Global Scholar Award is open in any country that has an existing Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Proposals must include only two or three host countries and include a comparative study. The host countries must be from at least two different world regions. World regions are defined as Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe-Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, and Western Hemisphere. Projects which include countries from only one world region will not be accepted. Proposals that include host countries in the developing world are especially welcome and encouraged. The United States is not an eligible host country for this award. 

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