Fulbright Scholar Program

globe For over 50 years, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) has helped administer the Fulbright Scholar Program, the U.S. government's flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Founded in 1947, CIES is a private organization. It is a division of the Institute of International Education (IEE).

CIES maintains deep ties with the U.S. higher education community, including individual universities and colleges and major scholarly organizations. It also works with a network of binational Fulbright Commissions in 50 countries and 90 U.S. diplomatic posts around the world, as well as international universities and higher education associations.

  • Every academic rank - from instructor to professor emeritus - is represented. Untenured, adjunct faculty and independent scholars are also encouraged to apply.
  • Many professionals from outside academe participate in the scholar program, including lawyers, judges, doctors, scientists, architects, engineers, journalists, musicians, artists, writers, business executives and civil servants.
  • Award offerings cover all discipline, from art and history to mathematics and zoology.
  • Grants are available for lecturing, research, a combination of lecturing/research, and special seminar programs.

U.S. Scholar Program

Special Programs for U.S. Scholars

Global Fulbright Scholar Programs

Visiting Scholar Program


Application Deadlines

  • May 1 - Applications for the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program
  • August 1 - Applications for traditional Fulbright lecturing, lecturing/research and research awards worldwide
  • November 1 - Applications for Fulbright International Education Administrators Program (Japan and Korea)
  • February 1 - Applications for Fulbright International Education Administrators Program (Germany)
  • Rolling - Applications for the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program

For more information, please visit the Fulbright Scholars Program web site.