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U.S Faculty & Professionals Fulbright Program

For more than 50 years, the Fulbright Scholar Program has offered college and university faculty and professionals as well as independent scholars the opportunity to lecture and conduct research in countries around the world. The goal of appointments lies not just in an exchange of knowledge and ideas, but "to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries...and thus assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations between the United States and other countries of the world."

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Each year 80 percent of faculty Fulbright grants are awarded for lecturing or combined lecturing/research; the remaining grants are for research.

Fulbright scholars pursue individual research or collaborate with foreign colleagues on projects, conduct seminars for business and community leaders, consult with government ministries and schools, advise on curriculum development, lead symposia for faculty and professionals, and guest lecture at other universities and in other countries.

Although other fellowship programs and grant programs fund various types of overseas activity, the Fulbright Scholar Program plays a unique role in supporting international scholarship and educational exchange. With some 800 awards in more than 130 countries, the scholar program literally offers the world.

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To be eligible for a Fulbright award, applicants must meet ALL of the following requirements unless otherwise stated in individual country or award descriptions:

  • Have U.S. citizenship (permanent resident status is not sufficient);
  • Hold the Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree at the time of application; and
  • Have college or university teaching experience at the level and in the field of proposed activity as specific in the award description.
  • Foreign language proficiency only if specified in the award description or as required for the completion of the proposed project.

Each year grantees come from more than 400 colleges and universities and public and private agencies in all 50 states. Every academic rank is represented -- from instructor to professor emeritus. Untenured faculty and professionals outside academe are also encouraged to apply. Academic administrators and independent scholars regularly receive Fublrights, as do artists, lawyers, journalists, research scientists and other professionals.

  • All disciplines are represented in the program- from art to zoology.
  • Grant duration is variable; scholars do not always go for the full academic year. Awards normally range from 2 to 10 months in length.
  • Language is not necessarily an obstacle. With the exception of Latin America, francophone Africa, and parts of the Middle East, most lecturing assignments are in English. Language capability may be required for research, depending on the area of the world and the project.
  • Many awards allow scholars to propose their own lecturing or research projects.
  • Former Fulbrighters can participate again after three years will have elapsed between the ending date of one award and the beginning date of a new award.

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Application booklets are available in Cutler Hall, Room 314. Grants begin approximately one year (or later) following the application deadline.

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To receive a booklet, please contact:

Beth Clodfelter 
Director of U.S. Fulbright Programs
Alden Library, Faculty Commons, Room 301P
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740-593-2302

"To be a Fulbrighter is to share an extraordinary experience with virtually thousands of colleagues- the exhilaration of working abroad, the excitement of living in a new environment, the opportunity for research insights, the challenge of introducing a foreign audience to new teaching methods and research goals. Few other opportunities enrich one's personal and professional life as does a Fulbright award. Living in a different culture, forming lasting bonds with colleagues from other countries, and sharing new horizons with family and friends are all part of what has come to be known as "the Fulbright experience."

For more information visit the Fulbright Web site

U.S. scholar fellowship criteria is listed; information is selectable by country. Links to other Fulbright-related websites, including the Fulbright Student Program for graduating seniors and graduate students are also included.

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U.S. Student Fulbright Scholarship Program

This prestigious competition provides Fulbright and related grants for graduate study abroad in academic fields and for professional training in the creative and performing arts.

The purpose of these grants is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. Fulbright Grants are funded under the Mutual Education and Exchange Act of 1961 through an annual appropriation made by Congress to USIA and by foreign governments, universities, corporations and private donors. Fulbright grants are available for study or research. Travel grants are available to selected countries to supplement maintenance awards from other sources that do not provide funds for international travel or to supplement the applicant’s personal funds. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, composed of 12 educational and public leaders appointed by the President of the United States, establishes criteria for the selection of candidates and has final authority for awarding of grants.

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Juniors, seniors, master's, and doctoral students may be eligible for a U.S. Student Fulbright. For all grants, applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application (International students seeking grant information should visit global Fulbright opportunities) Eligible U.S. students must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent by the beginning date of the grant. Creative and performing artists are not required to have a bachelor’s degree, but they must have four years of relevant training or study. Candidates in medicine must have an M.D. or equivalent (e.g. D.D.S., D.O., etc.) at the time of application.

All applicants are required to have sufficient proficiency in the language of the host country to carry out the proposed study or research.

Full grants provide round-trip international airfare, maintenance expenses for the tenure of the award, a research allowance, and tuition waivers, if applicable. Travel grants provide round-trip international travel to the country where the student will pursue study or research. All grants include supplemental health and accident insurance.

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At-large applicants should contact the U.S. Student Programs Division at the headquarters of the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York (212) 984-5327 or at the Midwest regional office in Chicago (312) 644-1400.

Interested Ohio University students or recent graduates are encouraged to contact Director of U.S. Fulbright Programs Elizabeth Clodfelter for more information and application materials. It is strongly recommended to begin the application process months in advance of the September deadline.

U.S graduate student fellowship criteria as well as country information is available on the FULBRIGHT Web site.

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The Ohio University campus deadline to submit applications for the 2007-08 academic year is September 27, 2006. Campus-based interviews will take place in early October, 2006. Please submit all application materials (application, letters of reference, transcripts, etc.) to:

Director of U.S. Fulbright Programs
Elizabeth Clodfelter
Culter Hall, Room 314
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701

Mark the envelope "U.S. Student Fulbright Application Materials Enclosed"

Applications will not be accepted after the internal deadline.

For more information, visit the Fulbright website

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