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1 Fulbright Scholar Grants for U.S. Faculty and Professionals

2 Presentation Overview I. Introduction II. Fulbright opportunities for U.S. faculty and professionals III. How to apply for the traditional program IV. Fulbright Visiting Scholar opportunities

3 Fulbright Scholar Program  Established in 1946  Sends U.S. academics and professionals overseas  Brings scholars and professionals from abroad to the U.S.  Sponsored by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs  Administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

4 Why Consider a Fulbright?  Discover new research directions  Gain new teaching insights  Share your knowledge  Understand your discipline in a global context  Meet international colleagues and establish long-term professional relationships  Allow family to experience a different culture

5 Eligibility Requirements  U.S. citizenship  A Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree in your field  For professionals and artists outside academia, recognized professional standing and substantial accomplishments  Teaching experience as required by award

6 Language Requirements  Most lecturing awards are in English  Research awards require knowledge of language as appropriate for project  Latin American countries may require Spanish or Portuguese  Francophone Africa generally requires French  Some awards in the Middle East require Arabic

7 Grants in 140 countries for  Faculty  Administrators  Professionals Types of Awards  Lecturing  Research  Lecturing/Research  Seminars

8 Fulbright Opportunities  Traditional Worldwide Awards  Distinguished Chairs Program  Seminars for International Education Administrators  German Studies Seminar  Senior Specialists Program  New Century Scholars  Alumni Initiatives Awards

9 Traditional Worldwide Awards  800 faculty and professionals  Awards in 140 countries  Application deadline AUGUST 1 Lecturing Lecturing / Research 80% Research 20%

10 Distinguished Chairs Program  Most prestigious awards in Scholar Program  About 35 awards in Europe, Eurasia, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Israel  Applicants must have prominent record of scholarly accomplishment  Submit letter of interest and curriculum vitae  Application Deadline MAY 1

11 Seminars for International Education Administrators  Two to Three-week group programs in Germany, Japan and Korea  Open to full-time education administrators directly involved with international programs  Application Deadline:  Japan & KoreaNOVEMBER 1  GermanyFEBRUARY 1

12 German Studies Seminar  25 grantees annually participate in an intensive two to three- week group summer seminar in Germany  2005 Topic: Current Trends in Contemporary German Literature  2006 Topic: Muslim Minorities: Opportunities and Challenges in West European Societies. German and French Experiences.  Open to scholars in fields related to the topic or in German Studies  Application Deadline NOVEMBER 1

13 Senior Specialists Program  Two- to six-week consulting opportunities with foreign colleagues and institutions  Structured to meet the needs of foreign institutions  Academic matchmaking process  Online application with rolling deadline

14 New Century Scholar Program  Thirty eminent scholars and professionals from the U.S. and abroad work collaboratively to examine a theme of transnational significance  2005 topic: Higher Education in the 21 st Century: Global Challenge and National Response  Participants maintain contact and exchange research ideas during the program year  New Century Scholar Distinguished Leader directs a culminating plenary seminar  Application Deadline FEBRUARY 1, 2005

15 Alumni Initiatives Awards Program  AIA grants help translate the individual Fulbright experience into long- term institutional impact  Small institutional grants to former Fulbrighters for projects that will foster sustainable, mutually beneficial institutional relationships between home and host institutions  Proposal should demonstrate evidence of commitment of scholar’s home institution  Examples: distance learning innovations, summer seminars, curriculum development  Application Deadline: visit

16 How to Apply for Traditional Program  Go to CIES Web site  Use online awards catalog and application  Read “Frequently Asked Questions”  Read “Tips for Prospective Applicants” and program overview  Consult Web site for updated award information

17  OR request the printed Awards Catalog from CIES  3007 Tilden Street, NW Suite 5L Washington, DC Phone: 

18 Selecting an Award  Decide if you want to lecture, research or do both  Check discipline and professional indexes  Read award descriptions and stipend information  Find an award that fits: single or multi-country  Use an All Discipline award if no specific award matches your expertise  Check Country Pages on CIES Web site  Contact CIES program officer(s) for more information about awards and countries

19 Multi-Country Opportunities  Africa: Regional Research Awards  Middle East: Middle East, North Africa, South Asia Regional Research Program  Asia: Northeast and Southeast Asia Regional Research Program  Europe: EU Affairs Research, Austrian-Hungarian Research Award  Western Hemisphere: Argentina/Uruguay Lecturing/Research Award in Environmental Sciences

20 Making Contacts Abroad  Most awards don’t require a letter of invitation from an overseas institution, although many “All Disciplines” awards do  Contact the international division of your professional organization  Talk with international office on your campus

21  Use university search Web sites such as  Braintrack -  Peterson’s -  Use the online U.S. Scholar and Visiting Scholar directories for contact information of former grantees  Ask the CIES program officer for names of institutions that have hosted scholars

22 Submitting a Competitive Application  Be sure your expertise matches award and your experience qualifies you for all award activities  Follow instructions and format precisely  Write a clear, focused project statement  Focus on what you plan to DO--not your biography  Write so that people outside your field can understand your project and why it is important

23  Get three strong, current reference letters  One from your supervisor (crucial for a teaching report)  One from someone not at your institution  One from a colleague who knows your work well  Consider how each part of application relates to the whole and supports your candidacy  Meet all eligibility requirements and application deadline

24 TIPS: The Project Statement  Vital part of a successful application package  Must be persuasive  Must explain  What the applicant proposes to do  How it will be done  Why it is important to do it  Why the applicant wants to do it

25 Project Statement: Lecturing Awards  Describe  What you propose to teach  What related courses you have taught in the past  How you will adapt the material and your teaching style to fit the different culture and setting  Why you are suited to this award  Why you want to teach in this particular country and why you want this experience

26  Draw attention to relevant expertise and experience  Show evidence of flexibility and adaptability  Organize carefully: don’t make reviewers search

27 Project Statement: Research Awards  Describe  What you will do  How you propose to do the research  Why this research is needed  Why it must be done in this country  How you will face the challenge of conducting research in a foreign language, if applicable

28  Address what will be contributed to both countries and to the discipline  Demonstrate that the research strategy is feasible, including its time frame  Consider the culture and politics of the host country  Indicate a dissemination plan for your results

29 TIPS: For All Awards  Do your homework: research host country and institution and award particulars  Limit discussion on project background; use bibliography instead  Know that collaborative projects are more compelling  For Lecturing/Research awards, amount of attention in proposal to respective activities should match award description

30 Review Process and Timetable  Step 1: Program officers review applications for eligibility, completeness, etc. (August)  Step 2: Specialist review committees read applications in the arts, hard sciences and professional fields. They provide a preliminary review from a discipline specific perspective (September/October)  Step 3: Specialist reviews accompany applications, which are then screened by U.S. peer review committees. Committees represent many disciplines and focus on one world area. (October to December)

31  Step 4: Applicants receive notice of their status, either recommended or not recommended (November through January)  Step 5: Applications of recommended candidates are forwarded to host countries for selection and to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which has final approval. Applicants are notified as approvals are given (February through May)

32 What Reviewers Look For  Suitability for award (match)  Teaching ability and record  Publication and scholarly record in relation to career stage  Applicant’s adaptability and cultural sensitivity  Merits of proposal  Innovative projects and methodology  Feasibility  Value to discipline, scholar, host country and institution  Demonstrated need to be in country for project

33 Grant Benefits  Package includes stipend, in-country living allowance, travel for grantee  Some countries: travel for dependents, dependent schooling, research allowance, book allowance  Stipends and benefits vary considerably from country to country  Consult Awards Catalog or CIES Web site for details

34 Visiting Scholar Program  Visiting Scholars are accomplished faculty, researchers, and professionals who  Engage in joint research with U.S. faculty  Conduct individual and group research projects  Team teach classes  Help internationalize campuses  Application is made by overseas scholars to Fulbright commission or U.S. Embassy in their home countries

35 Host a Visiting Fulbright Scholar U.S. institutions can host Visiting Fulbright Scholars from abroad through the Visiting Scholar Program and its various components: Scholar-in-Residence Program Occasional Lecturer Program Fulbright Visiting Specialists: Direct Access to the Muslim World If you are interested in hosting a Visiting Fulbright Scholar, send an to

36 Scholar-in-Residence Program  Brings scholars and professionals from abroad to campuses that do not often host visiting scholars  Involves colleges and universities that serve student populations underrepresented in international exchange programs  Requires the application be made by the interested U.S. institution. Deadline is OCTOBER 14

37 What SIRs Can Do on U.S. Campuses  Teach regular courses from a comparative or foreign- area perspective  Serve as resource people for faculty and students in interdisciplinary programs or courses with international themes  Create or assist in developing new courses or programs  Participate in special seminars or colloquia  Interact with primary and secondary schools through lectures, curriculum development, and other programs

38 Occasional Lecturer Program  Travel support for Fulbright Visiting Scholars already in the U.S.  to visit other campuses for short-term guest lecturing  to deliver papers and participate in conferences given on campuses

39 Benefits of OLP  To Visiting Scholars  Network with colleagues and share research interests  Contribute to campus life  Experience the diversity in U.S. higher education  To institutions  Contributes to the internationalization of campuses  Create linkages between home and host institutions  Introduces the institution to the benefits of Fulbright exchange in a simple, low-commitment manner.

40 Fulbright Visiting Specialists: Direct Access to the Muslim World  U.S. institutions host Visiting Specialists to enrich understanding and knowledge of Islamic societies and cultures  40 grants for visits of three to six weeks  Scholars and professionals from the Muslim World  Disciplines in the humanities and social sciences  Visiting Specialists serve as consultants to U.S. institutions, e.g., teach or team-teach short courses, develop curricula, deliver lectures or seminars  Program does not support the teaching of languages or research projects

41 Other Fulbright Programs  Fulbright U.S. Student Program  for recent graduates, postgraduate candidates up through dissertation level research and developing professionals and artists to study and research abroad  managed by Institute of International Education, IIE   Fulbright Teacher Exchange  principally for primary- and secondary- level educators  managed by Graduate School, USDA   Fulbright-Hays Seminars Awards  for faculty research, group projects and seminars abroad in certain social sciences and humanities fields  Managed by the International Education and Graduate Programs Service of the U.S. Department of Education 


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