U.S. Scholar Program

Awards are available in approximately 140 countries in the following world ares: Africa (sub Saharan), East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Western Hemisphere.

  • Some 800 grants are made yearly to U.S. scholars.
  • Grantees represent more than 600 colleges, universities and public and private agencies in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
  • Academic grantees come from a wide variety of institutions, including research universities, two- and four-year colleges, minority-serving colleges and universities, and specialized institutions of art, engineering, medicine and law.
  • Approximately 80 percent of the awarded grants are for lecturing, lecturing/research or seminar participation and 20 percent are for research.
  • The duration of awards varies from three to 12 months, with slightly more than half of all grantees choosing to spend less than six months abroad.
  • The majority of scholars receive full-maintenance grants with only a small percentage receiving partial-maintenance or travel-only awards.
  • Foreign language proficiency is not necessarily required. With the exception of Latin America and Francophone Africa, most lecturing assignments are in English. Language capability may be required for research, depending on the area of the world and project.
  • Many of the participating countries off awards that are designated as All Disciplines, which allow scholars to design their own projects in the discipline of their choice and propose an oversees affiliation.