Traditional Fulbright Scholar Program

For more than 50 years, the Traditional Fulbright Scholar Program has offered grants for college and university faculty and administrators, as well as for professionals and independent scholars, to lecture and conduct research in countries around the world.   Each year, 1,000 scholars travel to 140 countries under this program.  Approximately 80% of the awards are used for lecturing, combined lecturing/research, or participation in seminars, while about 20% are used for research alone. 

Who is eligible to apply for an award from the Traditional Fulbright Scholar Program?
Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements unless otherwise stated in individual country or award descriptions:

  •  U.S. citizenship at the time of application.  Permanent resident status is not sufficient.
  • A Ph.D., master’s, or equivalent professional/terminal degree (depending upon the type of award applied for) at the time of application.  For professionals and artists outside academia, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments.
  • College or university teaching experience at the level and in the field of the proposed lecturing activity as specified in the award description. 
  • Foreign language proficiency only if specified in the award description or required for the completion of the proposed project.  (Note: Except in certain world areas and countries, English is usually sufficient for lecturing.) 
  • Previous Fulbright Scholar grantees are eligible to apply only if three years will have elapsed between the ending date of one scholar award and the beginning date of the new scholar award.  This rule does not apply if the previous grant was for less than two months. 
  • Because an objective of the Traditional Fulbright Scholar Program is to provide an educational exchange experience to those not previously afforded such an opportunity, preference will usually be given to candidates who have not had substantial recent experience in the country to which they are applying.  Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the U.S. is not considered disqualifying. 
  • Sound physical and mental health.
  • Disclosure of prior conviction or current indictment for commission of a felony.  Prior conviction or indictment may result in disqualification.
  • Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, and/or physical impairment.

What other opportunities are available and what are the deadlines for applying?

The Council for the International Exchange of Scholars offers a wide variety of opportunities, including awards that support research, lecturing, combined research/lecturing, or participation in special short-term seminars abroad.  The duration of these awards varies considerably.  Dates of immediate interest  include:

Deadline August 1, 2017:

Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program            

(For awards carried out in 2020-2021):

Approximately 40 awards are available for this program, which is designed to support lectureships for scholars who have a national reputation in their field.                                                                                                   


German Studies Seminar

This opportunity features a two-week seminar in late October / early November for 25 grantees.  Each year features a new and engaging topic related to contemporary Germany.  The next topic for the German Studies Seminar is “Ethnic Diversity and National Identity.”  The seminar will explore what it means to be a member of a distinctive national group today; how a national identity is defined, how it has evolved, etc.

Rolling Deadline

Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give Specialists greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional commitments.