NOW OPEN!  2019-2020 competition for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers teaching, research and combination teaching/research awards in 137 countries for the 2019-2020 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. Explore awards using the Catalog of Awards. The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2018. Highlights from 465 awards offered in this year’s competition include:

Postdoctoral and Early Career Awards
Fulbright presents excellent opportunities for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields, all while serving as cultural ambassadors. Postdoctoral awards are available in all fields of study, from STEM, to the arts, humanities and social sciences. 

Fulbright Flex Awards
Fulbright welcomes applications from scholars who propose multiple, short-term stays in the host country over a period of one to two years. The Flex option is available to scholars interested in research, teaching, or pursuing a combination of teaching and research. The catalog of awards will give detailed information on the Flex parameters for each participating country.

Fulbright Global Scholar Award
The Fulbright Global Scholar Award provides support for U.S. academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to propose research or combined teaching/research activity in two to three countries with flexible schedule options; trips can be conducted within one academic year or spread over two consecutive years. Projects are welcome in all disciplines, as well as those with an interdisciplinary focus.

New Awards
Several countries have added new awards for the 2019-2020 competition:

Find out more about the 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition by joining one of our upcoming webinars or virtual advising sessions, and browsing helpful resources:

·  Review Criteria

·  Application Guidelines

·  Project Statement Samples

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online Catalog of Awards.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright


The 2019-20 competition for Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminars is now OPEN! 

Seminars are two-weeks in length to the following locations:  

  • India – Deadline: August 1, 2018
  • Taiwan – Deadline: August 1, 2018
  • CCAS - Russia – Deadline: October 15, 2018
  • Japan- Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Korea- Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • France- Deadline: February 1, 2019
  • Germany- Deadline: February 1, 2019

Fulbright IEA Seminars are designed specifically for U.S. higher education professionals. These seminars demystify higher education in the destination country and include campus visits with a cross-section of universities and colleges; briefings with faculty and administrators, government officials, and leading educational experts; and tours of historical and cultural sites.

Our first General IEA webinar will be on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 2-3pm ET, please register here. A full listing of our upcoming webinars can be found online, including our previously recorded IEA Application Walk-Through. For more information, please email us directly at IEA[at]iie[dot]org


Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is excited to announce that the 2019-2020 competition for the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship is now open. The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship provides opportunities for early- and mid-career professionals and practitioners to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution.

Fulbright Public Policy Fellows build their public policy knowledge, skills, and experience while providing American public policy expertise to support partner country institutions. Fellows promote long-term ties between the United States and partner countries through this flexible and innovative component of the Fulbright Program.  

2019-2020 Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships are available in:

  • Burma
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Peru
  • Ukraine

Find out more about the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship by joining our webinar on May 7 at 3:30 PM ET or visiting the online Catalog of Awards. For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines, and review criteria, please visit our website. The deadline to apply to the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship is October 1, 2018.


Ambassador's Distinguished Scholars Program to Ethiopia
Looking for opportunities to teach and conduct research in Ethiopia?  The Ambassador's Distinguished Scholars Program, a new program supported by the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia and two Ethiopian universities, is accepting applications until May 15.

Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship and a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree. Opportunities are available in 60+disciplines, like STEM, Agriculture, English, Law, Public Health, and more. Learn more at www.iie.org/adsp


UMass Faculty/Staff Fulbright Mentoring Network 

The International Programs Office has formed the UMass Faculty/Staff Fulbright Mentoring Network to match prospective applicants with UMass Faculty Fulbright alumni.  Former Fulbright Scholars are a valuable resource and can provide perspectives, experience and knowledge regarding: Fulbright opportunities, award types and options, letters of support, and letters of invitation. Current faculty and staff who are considering becoming Fulbright Scholars will greatly benefit from this assistance.  Many former Fulbright Scholars have agreed to be mentors (see listing). Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact them directly via email, using the information provided on discipline and country of their past Fulbrights.  Information regarding the Fulbright application process and deadlines can be found at CIESIf you would like to receive more information or have questions regarding the UMass Faculty/Staff Fulbright Mentoring Network, please contact Kimberly Stender.


UMass Faculty/Staff Fulbright Mentor Network Listing

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) website - information on awards, deadlines, application process 


UMass Amherst Named a Top Producing Institution for Fulbright Scholars

Fulbright Top Producer of US Scholars

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is ranked as a “Top Producing Institution” for Fulbright Scholars for 2017-18 by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. With seven faculty members teaching or conducting research on four continents through the Fulbright program, UMass Amherst tied for seventh place nationally among research universities. The rankings were published Feb. 18 in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The UMass Amherst Fulbright Scholars and their overseas host institutions are:

  • David Cort, sociology, Walter Sisulu University, South Africa

  • Eva Hudlicka, computer science, University of Alberta, Canada

  • Miliann Kang, women, gender, sexuality studies, Ewha Women’s University, South Korea

  • Neal Katz, astronomy, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

  • Richard Peltier, environmental health sciences, University of York, United Kingdom

  • Arslan Razmi, economics, University of Montenegro

  • Millicent Thayer, sociology, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique

In addition, nine UMass Amherst students were awarded Fulbright Scholarships for overseas study during 2017-18, bringing the campus total number of awards to 16. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,100 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, and independent scholars are awarded Fulbright grants to teach and/or conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program operates in over 125 countries throughout the world. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars. The Fulbright Program also awards grants to U.S. students and teachers to conduct research and teach overseas. In addition, some 4,000 foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study, lecture, conduct research and teach foreign languages. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright