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1 Fulbright Scholar Program for U.S. Faculty Much of this is taken from

2 Outline of Presentation Brief overview of the Fulbright Scholar program and general remarks The highlights of my own Fulbright experience Suggestions to prospective applicants

3 “The Fulbright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship." --J. William Fulbright The Fulbright Program

4 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 Administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

5 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

6 Eligibility Requirements U.S. citizenship A Ph.D. or equivalent For professionals and artists outside academia, recognized professional standing and substantial accomplishments Teaching experience as required by award Limits apply to prior Fulbright Scholar grantees

7 Grants in 150 countries for Faculty Administrators Professionals Types of Awards Lecturing Research Lecturing/Research Seminars

8 Fulbright Scholar Opportunities Traditional Worldwide Awards - Main focus of this presentation Other Fulbright Scholar Programs: –Distinguished Chairs Program –Seminars for International Education Administrators –German Studies Seminar –Senior Specialists Program –New Century Scholars

9 Traditional Worldwide Awards 800 faculty and professionals Awards in 150 countries Application deadline AUGUST 1 Lecturing Lecturing / Research 80% Research 20%

10 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

11 Selecting an Award Decide if you want to lecture/research/both Check discipline and professional indexes Read award descriptions and stipend info 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

12 Making Contacts Abroad Most awards don’t require a letter of invitation from an overseas institution Contact the international division of your professional organization Talk with international office on your campus

13 Submitting a Competitive Application Follow instructions and format precisely – like in any grant proposal. Write so that people outside your field can understand your project and why it is important State contribution to host institution/country and to home institution

14 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

15 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

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

17 SOME TIPS Research host country and institution and award particulars Know that collaborative projects are more compelling For Lecturing/Research awards, amount of attention in proposal to respective activities should match award description

18 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)

19 What Reviewers Look For Suitability for award (match) Teaching ability and record Publication and scholarly record Applicant’s adaptability, 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

20 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 CIES Web site for details

21 HIGHLIGHTS OF MY FULBRIGHT EXPERIENCE Ambassador of my America to my India Unique role and opportunity – knew both cultures Main teaching at two institutions –Asked many questions that only an outsider would ask, on curriculum, students, lab etc. –Opportunity to look at own curriculum etc. differently Other lectures –Calcutta –Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur –Another college in Bihar Long term collaboration in research and grants –NSF proposal –One publication –Able to help place an IIT faculty here, now at Microsoft Research


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