Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program:
May News, Resources and Events

Fulbright Scholar Liaison Update: May 2021

Dear Fulbright Scholar Liaisons,

May is here and as your institutions start winding down for the summer, we would like to give you an update on what’s coming this month.

Some highlights this month include:

Liaison Linkups: Outreach Lecturing Fund Summer Opportunities
Taking Leave and Sabbaticals Archived Video
Fulbright HBCU Institutional Leaders Symposium
New Fulbright Scholar Liaison Signature Graphic

Fulbright Forums with the Fulbright Association
Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program and Webinars

Don’t forget to sign up for the 75th newsletter for the latest news and events taking place this year.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition for 2022-23 is open!
Visit our 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 May 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.)

Please reach out with any questions!
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Team
Connect with Fulbright
Contact: scholars@iie.org

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!

Join Fulbright Association for Fulbright Forum  Events in May


May 11 12-1 pm Eastern: Fulbright Forum – Fighting Human Trafficking

Join us for a presentation and discussion about the ongoing battle to stop human trafficking worldwide. Human trafficking causes immeasurable suffering, but it’s scope–a $150 billion/year industry–and its financing is very tangible. And that means we can combat it by choking the profits that motivate traffickers. Learn more about the global reach and impact of human trafficking. Discover the promising financial strategies to fight it and discuss next steps.


May 27 12-1 pm Eastern: Fulbright Forum – Music – The Soundtrack of Our Lives

Music’s exceptional power to evoke memories and emotions functions on both personal and cultural levels, opening windows into wider issues of identity, ethnicity, empathy, and belonging. Join concert pianist/Steinway Artist, and Fulbright Scholar Pamela Howland, on a journey to deepen and reinvigorate your individual and collective relationship with music in this concert-conversation-demonstration featuring music from Chopin to The Beatles, Debussy to Ragtime & Blues, and Folk Songs to Movie Music. (This session is proudly sponsored by Take the Lead North Carolina.)

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.

Please reach out with any questions!
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Team
Connect with Fulbright
Contact: scholars@iie.org

Greetings from the Fulbright Program!

We hope this email finds you safe and well.  We are pleased to announce that the awards competition for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2022-2023 competition will launch on February 1, 2021!  

Recent award recipients have shared that the earlier you start the application process, the more competitive you will be. Here are five things you can do now to prepare yourself for success:

1. Connect with Fulbright alumni in your field or region of interest. Learn about past successful projects from Fulbright U.S. Scholar Alumni Ambassadors

2. Connect with your Fulbright Liaison on campus to learn about supporting policies

3. Consider your project by reviewing our Project Statement page

4. Review out our helpful blog post “5 Tips to Jumpstart Your Application”

5. Register for the next webinar on February 3 “What’s New for 2022-2023”

Can’t join us live? All of our webinars are recorded and archived on our website. To view more upcoming and archived webinars, visit our Webinar Schedule.

More exciting news from the Fulbright Program:

The Fulbright Program is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. For details on the celebration and how to get involved, explore the Fulbright 75th Anniversary website.

On January 29, at 10:30AM EST, you are invited to join a webinar: “Fulbright Impact in the Field: Global Health and COVID-19 Reunion Panel.”

Look back at 2020 with our Fulbright Year-In-Review.

The deadline to apply to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is September 15, 2021. Consult the catalog of awards for more details on upcoming deadlines for the International Education Administrator Awards. U.S. citizenship is required.


The Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminars are two weeks in length, and designed specifically for U.S. higher education professionals. These seminars demystify higher education in the host country, and include campus visits with a cross-section of universities and colleges; briefings with faculty and administrators, government officials, and leading educational experts; and tours of historical and cultural sites.

All webinars are recorded and uploaded to the Webinar Archive.

Virtual Office Hours for Fulbright Scholar Applicants
Staff members representing each region will be available Monday through Thursday throughout the competition to answer questions and share information. Feel free to join/leave at any point within the hour.  To join, simply click the “Join an Office Hour” link listed in the award description during the office hour time.  Come prepared with your questions or simply join in to listen.

General Informational Webinar: Monday, May 18, from 2-3 pm ET
Please join the Fulbright Team for a virtual presentation on the Fulbright Scholar Program. This session will discuss opportunities for faculty and administrators to teach and/or research abroad for 2-12 months. Additionally, the session will discuss opportunities for your institution to partner with Fulbright and host visiting scholars. Please register here to attend.


Opportunities for Postdoctoral and Early Career Applicants: Wednesday, May 27, 2-3 pm ET
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar program offers a variety of opportunities specifically for early career and postdoctoral applicants. Applicants with fewer than five years of experience in their field/discipline can gain important research skills and build networks with fellow scholars. Join IIE for a discussion of program options and learn about some of the exciting new awards available around the world. Please register here to attend.

What’s New for 2021-22

This year the application will only require two letters of recommendation. There are also more awards that have “professional project” as a possible award activity, as well as more than 20 new awards added to the Catalog. To learn more, click here to view the What’s New for 2021-22 Webinar or visit the Catalog of Awards.

International Education Week (IEW), is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences. Visit https://iew.state.gov/ for more information.

International Education Administrator (IEA) Seminars

Learn more in an upcoming webinar:


View our Webinar Archive to learn more about these programs.