Each year some 800 faculty and professionals will travel to more than 140 countries around the world to lecture and/or conduct research.
For over 55 years scholars have been crossing borders, encountering
different cultures, gaining teaching and research insights, and sharing "the
Fulbright experience." As a faculty or professional, there are
many options for Fulbright service. Read on to learn how you can
take advantage of the opportunities created by Senator J. William Fulbright.
Traditional Fulbright Scholar Program
The Fulbright Scholar program allows faculty to choose either lecturing,
combined lecturing/research, or full research awards. Most
lecturing assignments are in English. For those conducting
research, language capability is required depending on the area of the world
and project. Grants are typically from two months to an academic
year. Adjunct and retired faculty as well as administrative
administrators are also encouraged to apply. Awards are available
in 45 disciplines--from art to urban planning--as well as many "All
Disciplines" grants open to any field. The competition for traditional
Fulbright awards opens March 1, with a deadline of August 1. Grants
begin about one year following the application deadline.
Distinguished Chair Awards
The Distinguished Chair awards are among the most prestigious in the
Fulbright Scholar Program. They have an earlier deadline of May 1.
Some 30-40 Chair awards are available each year for applicants who
are in the top of their professional fields. Most Chair awards are in
Western European countries, although a few are offered in Canada, Russia,
Senior Specialists Program
to promote short-term academic opportunities for U.S. faculty and
professionals, the grant lengths are from 2-6 weeks, allowing
grantees to collaborate with their counterparts in other countries, give a
series of lectures, and participate in activities. From archaeology to
journalism, there are opportunities in a growing number of disciplines.
When you apply and are selected, you are placed on a roster and Fulbright
will try to match you with an overseas institution seeking an expert in your
field. The Senior Specialists Program has an online application and
has a rolling deadline.
New Century Scholars Program
|Leading academics and professionals--representing many different
disciplines, nationalities, and cultures--assemble annually to address a
topic of global significance. Approximately 30 experts from
the U.S. and abroad are selected. Participants are given an
international exchange opportunity of 2-6 months in length to
further their research and to investigate comparative approaches to the
topic. The 30 scholars share outcomes and ideas during a final
plenary seminar in Washington, DC. Recent topics include "The
Challenges of Health in a Borderless World," "Addressing Sectarian,
Ethnic, and Cultural Conflict Within and Across National Borders," and
"Toward Equality: The Global Empowerment of
Alumni Initiatives Awards Program
The Alumni Initiatives program extends the traditional Fulbright experience
into a long-term institutional impact. These awards enable
former U.S. and international scholars to develop innovative and mutually
beneficial projects to further the linkages developed during the
grantee's time abroad. Successful projects run from distance-learning
courses to joint curriculum development efforts.
International Education Administrators Seminars
Designed for higher education administrators (e.g., deans,
provosts, vice presidents) who want a short but in-depth experience, each
summer seminars are offered in Germany, Japan, and Korea.
Seminars vary from 2-3 weeks in length and focus on introducing
participants to the society, culture, and higher education system. The
application deadline is November 1.
German Studies Seminar
annual 3-week German Studies Seminar focuses on current German society
and culture, and examines political, social, and economics institutions.
Each year a theme is chosen, with past themes including
"Environmental Protection and Alternative Forms of Energy" and "Visual
Culture in Germany: Film, Television, and the Internet."
Participants are U.S. scholars in German studies and in disciplines related
to the seminar topic. Lectures are usually in English.
The seminar begins in Berlin and includes visits to other cities. The
application deadline is November 1.
Fulbright Teacher and Administrative Exchange
This program provides opportunities for full-time teachers,
administrators, and other school or college faculty to participate in
direct exchanges of positions with colleagues from other countries for 6
weeks, a semester, or an academic year. International
collaborations such as these often foster enduring relationships between
schools. Application deadline is October 15.
Visiting Fulbright Scholar Program
Individual Fulbright grants are available for overseas scholars to
conduct research or pursue combined lecturing/research in the United States.
Grants range from 3 months to an academic year. To host a
visiting scholar, UI faculty/departments should register their interest
with CIES (the group responsible for management of Fulbright) by e-mailing
and indicating the areas of expertise or
specialization and a contact person. When contacted by a scholar, urge
the scholar to complete the application process by the deadlines and be sure
to provide the scholar with a detailed letter of invitation, which
will become part of the application.
Occasional Lecturer Program
Travel awards are available for any of the roughly 800 international
Fulbright scholars in the U.S. to travel to campuses for short-term
guest lectures. This is an excellent way to provide an international
scope to a UI class, lecture series, or conference. The institution
issuing the invitation (UI) is asked to provide the Occasional Lecturer with
local transportation, accommodations, and meals. To locate the
list of foreign Fulbright scholars in the U.S., and to learn which scholar
might be best suited to your purpose, follow the link to the CIES website
under the "For More Information" section at the bottom of this page.
This program brings Fulbright Visiting Scholars to teach at UI for one
or two academic terms, and is designed to initiate or broaden
international programs or curricula. Round-trip travel is provided for
the scholar and they receive a monthly stipend, basic medical insurance, and
a professional allowance for travel, books, and other expenses. Some cost-sharing, based on the UI departmental resources, is required, in
the form of either supplementary salary and/or in-kind support such as
housing, meals, or professional travel allowance. The deadline for
U.S. institutions to apply to host a Scholar-in-Residence is September 15.
For More Information:
application information on all of these programs can be found online at
Applicants may apply online.
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