2021-2022 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

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Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world. Fulbright program actively seeks out individuals of achievement and potential who represent the full diversity of their respective societies and selects nominees through open, merit-based competitions.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers more than 400 different opportunities to teach, research, and conduct professional projects in over 135 countries. Opportunities are available for higher education faculty and administrators as well as for professionals outside of academia, artists, journalists, scientists, and independent scholars.

The 2021-2022 Fulbright U.S. Scholar competition is now open.

Grant/Program Duration: 2 to 12 months
Deadline: September 15, 2020 (Tuesday)


  • - You are a U.S. citizen. Permanent residence is not sufficient.
  • - You will hold a terminal degree or have at least five years’ work experience by September 15, 2020.
  • - You have NOT lived abroad for more than 5 consecutive years in the past 6 years.
  • - If you had a prior Fulbright Scholar award, it ended before September 15, 2018.

Award Requirements

  • - You meet the degree requirements and candidate profile as stated in the award description.
  • - You have the relevant discipline expertise as stated in the award description.
  • - Your proposed dates match the award description specifications.
  • - You meet the language proficiency requirement (if applicable).
  • - Your preferred host institution is appropriate per the award description.
  • - You have contacted an appropriate host institution to request a letter of invitation (if applicable).

Application Components

  • - You registered two recommenders in the online application
  1. A colleague or supervisor at your current place of employment
  2. A colleague within your discipline (inside or outside your place of employment) who knows your work well
  • - You confirmed that your two recommenders submitted their letters of recommendation by September 15, 2020.
  • - You tailored your CV/Resume to the award for which you are applying and stayed within the page limit.
  • - You uploaded your Project Statement of up to 5 pages.

1. Letters of Recommendation

All applications require two letters of recommendation. Recommendations evaluate your professional work, including the abilities you bring to your project; your ability to adapt; the merits of the project; and your teaching effectiveness. You are encouraged to provide your recommenders with a copy of your project statement. All recommendations must be in English.

What’s new for 2021-2022? Only two letters of recommendation are required! With fewer letters of recommendation included in your application, it is crucial to choose your referees wisely. Make sure your referees are well-acquainted with you and your project and can write a strong letter that adds to the quality of your proposal.

2. “Professional Project” Award Options

Did you know that professionals are eligible to apply for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program? More than 38 awards offer a Professional Project opportunity designed for lawyers, social workers, artists, entrepreneurs, etc. who propose subjects that fall outside traditional academic research.

3. Fulbright Arctic Initiative: Round III

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative has returned for the 2021-2022 award competition! Selected scholars, professionals and applied researchers will each participate in an individual Fulbright exchange of up to three months, as well as convene with the other scholars for three in-person group seminars and on-going virtual communication to carry out team-based research focused on security and sustainability in the Arctic. The deadline for this award is September 15, 2020 for U.S. applicants.

4. The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship

The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship offers early- and mid-career professionals a unique opportunity to cultivate public policy experience in Peru, Burma, Cote d’Ivoire, or Ukraine. Fellows work as technical specialists in government ministries while also pursuing independent research.

For more information, please visit the Fulbright Scholar Program homepage.

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