The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”

2022-23 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition is Open!

Visit the Catalog of Awards for details of over 400 awards offered across 130 countries. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2021. Please note that U.S. citizenship is required. Join a webinar this month to learn more about Fulbright opportunities around the world.

Please join us in one of the following live webinars in July 2021:

Can't join us live? All webinars are recorded and archived on our website. To view more upcoming and archived webinars, visit our webinar schedule. (Note that any times listed for webinars or other live resource events are in U.S. Eastern Standard Time.)

July 2021 Updates

Application Resources

Letters of Invitation: What You Need to Know
For many awards, the first step towards a successful Fulbright U.S. Scholar application is seeking a letter of invitation. So, what is a letter of invitation, and how do you obtain one? Do you always need one? (Answer: sometimes, but not always!) Visit our latest blog post to learn more about the important component of the U.S. Scholar application. Here you will also find a helpful video featuring Catherine Matto, our Application and Selection Lead, with guidance on letters of invitation.

Remember the resources available to guide you through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar application process!
At this point in the year, many U.S. scholars have begun their applications... but what if you have questions? Note the resources available to guide you through the process at cies.org, including detailed application instructions and the application section of our site, which includes a complete list of required materials and more pointed guidance for all components. We invite you to take advantage of these resources for a strong application!

Interested to apply but still choosing an award? Join us for Global Hidden Gems!
There are over 400 awards available for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar competition. Some of them are widely known, but others may not garner as much attention. Join our Global Hidden Gems webinar on Wednesday July 28, 2-3 pm, to hear more about awards considered by Program Staff to be the "hidden gems" of the competition. Our speakers will demystify award requirements, share tips for applying, and answer applicant questions.

2022-23 University of Birmingham Fulbright Awards Are Open!

Make important things happen with a University of Birmingham-Fulbright award!

As one of the top 100 institutions of the world, the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of forging purposeful, innovative and collaborative research connections across the world but particularly with the United States. Our participation in the US-UK Fulbright Commission provides valuable opportunities for US researchers to work at Birmingham and enjoy meaningful international experience, enhancing their career and networks.

Why choose the University of Birmingham?
  • Experience a leading research-intensive university, ranked within the top 100 ranked universities in the world
  • Build long-term collaboration and networking opportunities
  • Access our rich cultural assets and research collections, including the world-renowned Shakespeare Institute
  • Explore the city of Birmingham - 7 minutes from campus by train
  • Place yourself in the heart of the UK with easy access to Europe

University of Birmingham-Fulbright Awards

We offer a range of Fulbright Award opportunities for US faculty and students to come to the University of Birmingham and gain a deeply rewarding experience that will enrich learning, research and career prospects. 

We are one of a handful of UK universities to host a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, the most prestigious Fulbright award.  The University of Birmingham-Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award is a generous six-month secondment that enables a prominent US professor to be based at the University of Birmingham, with access to all the University’s research collections, and provides an opportunity to undertake research and build links in the UK.  The Distinguished Scholar award is particularly appealing if you are seeking to develop long-term research projects with Birmingham academics.  Further information on this award can be found at:  http://www.fulbright.org.uk/going-to-the-uk/senior-scholar-awards/awards-available/university-of-birmingham-distinguished-chair.

The University also offers a Fulbright-University of Birmingham Scholar award annually, enabling a researcher based at a US institution to visit the University of Birmingham for a period of 3-9 months to conduct research in any subject.  Further information on this award can be found at: http://www.fulbright.org.uk/going-to-the-uk/scholar-awards/awards-available/university-of-birmingham.

How to apply

All awards are made by the Fulbright Commission, and full details of how to apply may be found at the Fulbright Commission website.  The closing date for applications is 15th September 2021.

Further information

As a research-intensive university, Birmingham is committed to research that is pioneering in terms of its originality and distinctiveness, significance and rigour.  Further information about the research being undertaken currently at the University can be found at: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/index.aspx

Further information regarding the University of Birmingham-Fulbright opportunities can be found at: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/campaigns/ir/Make-important-things-happen-with-a-Fulbright-Award.aspx You can also contact Catherine Lemon, International Development Manager for more information, by email at c.lemon@bham.ac.uk.

General Resources

Share the Opportunity: If you know someone who would be a good fit for an award, you can directly refer a colleague to Fulbright. After receiving their information, the Fulbright office will reach out to them.

Meet our Alumni Ambassadors

The success and reputation of the Fulbright Program has been built on the talent, commitment and professionalism of scholars who have served as Fulbrighters at universities and research institutions in more than 160 countries. Recognizing the passion Fulbright Scholars bring to their work and the tremendous difference they have made, our engagement with the U.S. higher education community includes Fulbright U.S. Scholar alumni. Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassadors serve as official representatives of the Fulbright Scholar Program at select events. Meet our current Alumni Ambassadors!

Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program (S-I-R)

Would you like to host a scholar from outside the U.S. on your campus? The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program (S-I-R) application is seeking institutions to host Fulbright Visiting Scholars.

S-I-R is a unique Fulbright Scholar Program initiative that is specifically driven by the goals of U.S. institutions of higher education to enhance internationalization efforts on their campuses. Through the S-I-R Program, institutions host a scholar from outside of the United States for a semester or full academic year to teach courses, assist in curriculum development, guest lecture, develop study abroad/exchange partnerships and engage with the campus and the local community. Check the Fulbright website in March for upcoming program updates and details on how to apply!

75 Years of Global Impact

In 2021, we celebrate the Fulbright Program’s history of positive impact on the lives of individuals as well as on global and local communities. We look forward to the next 75 years of Fulbrighters enriching their educations, advancing their careers, and making meaningful contributions to society. Visit https://fulbright75.org/ to learn more! Keep up with all the 75th anniversary activities by subscribing to our newsletter.


For a full list of webinars, view the webinar schedule.

Opportunities for Faculty & Staff

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers college and university faculty and administrators, professionals, journalists, lawyers, scientists, independent scholars, and many others awards to teach, conduct research, or combine teaching and research in over 125 countries.

The following presentation and Zoom recording are from the May 27, 2020, Fulbright Scholar Program at Illinois International.

Global Flex Award

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Global Flex Award provides U.S. academics and professionals with the flexibility to engage in advanced regional or trans-regional research and/or teaching. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to collaborate and engage in scholarly activities in two or three countries in one or more regions.

Fulbright Specialists Program

The Fulbright Specialists Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give specialists greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional commitments.

Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program

Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program, for senior scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.

Fulbright International Education Administrators Program

The Fulbright International Education Administrators Program supports annual seminars to introduce participants to the society, culture and higher education systems in Germany, Japan or Korea through campus visits, meetings with foreign colleagues and government officials, attendance at cultural events and briefings on education. Participants gain new perspective on the need to internationalize U.S. campuses and insight into how it can be done.

Fulbright-Fogarty Postdoctoral Awards

Fulbright-Fogarty U.S. scholar grants have been newly established to promote post-doctoral research in public health in resource-limited settings. Apply to participate in conducting current research at sites affiliated with the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.