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Fulbright Programs Benefits

Program Description

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends approximately 800 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.
  • Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be senior scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.
  • The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program is a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations participating in a year-long program that includes multi-disciplinary, team-based research, a series of three seminar meetings, and a Fulbright exchange experience.
  • The Fulbright Specialist Program, a short-term complement to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects at overseas academic institutions for a period of two to six weeks.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad. In addition, Critical Language Enhancement Awards are available to grantees for study of critical need foreign languages before or during their grant period.
  • The Fulbright Canada Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Award offers U.S. students support for three years of doctoral study at one of six leading Canadian research universities.
  • The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas.
  • The Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health grant medical students and graduate students interested in global health the opportunity to conduct research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings.
  • The Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship is a special opportunity for up to four U.S. students to pursue projects around an aspect of international contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression. Preference is given to creative projects that are conveyed in a dynamic fashion and are accompanied by a feasible plan.
  • Fulbright Travel-Only Grants for international travel are available to Germany, Hungary and Italy to supplement other fellowships that do not include travel costs or to supplement a student's own funds for study/research.
Fulbright Teacher Exchange programs include:
  • The Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program, which sends select U.S. primary and secondary school teachers abroad for three to six months to pursue projects, conduct research, take courses and lead master classes or seminars for teachers and students.

General Program Requirements

Specific eligibility requirements vary by program, but all applicants must be U.S. citizens interested in, and academically or professionally qualified for, research and/or ideas exchange abroad.

For eligibility information on Fulbright Student programs, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website.

For eligibility information on Fulbright Scholar programs, please visit the Fulbright Scholar Program information page.

For eligibility information on Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teach (DA) Program, please visit the Fulbright DA Program information page.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply for Fulbright Scholar programs, please visit the Fulbright Scholar Program Application page.

To apply for Fulbright Student programs, please visit the Fulbright Online Application.

To apply for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, please visit the Fulbright DA in Teaching Program information page.

Program Contact Information

For general information on all Fulbright programs mentioned above, please visit the U.S. State Department's list of Fulbright programs (section D-F).