The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program: What’s New in 2020?


By Fulbright Program Staff

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is pleased to announce exciting changes to its application and select awards for the 2021-2022 academic year. Read on to find out more:

1.    Letters of Recommendation

New this year: Only two letters of recommendation are required! With fewer letters of recommendation included in your application, it is crucial to choose your referees wisely. Make sure your referees are well acquainted with you and your project and can write a strong letter that adds to the quality of your proposal. Suggestions and tips for obtaining strong Letters of Recommendation can be found here.


2.    “Professional Project” Award Options

 Did you know that professionals are eligible to apply for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program? More than 38 awards offer a Professional Project opportunity designed for lawyers, social workers, artists, entrepreneurs, etc. who propose subjects that fall outside traditional academic research. More information on Professional Projects can be found here.


3.    Fulbright Arctic Initiative: Round III

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative has returned for the 2020-2022 award competition! Selected scholars, professionals and applied researchers will each participate in an individual Fulbright exchange of up to three months, as well as convene with the other scholars for three in-person group seminars and on-going virtual communication to carry out team-based research focused on security and sustainability in the Arctic. The deadline for this award is September 15, 2020 for U.S. applicants. Learn more about the Fulbright Arctic Initiative here.


4.    The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship

The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship offers early- and mid-career professionals a unique opportunity to cultivate public policy experience in Peru, Burma, Cote d’Ivoire, or Ukraine. Fellows work as technical specialists in government ministries while also pursuing independent research. Preferred fields, potential host ministries, and grant details can be found here.


5.    The International Education Administrators Seminar: Statement of Intent

Applicants to our International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminars are no longer required to submit a Statement of Intent. Rather, IEA applicants will be asked a series of questions pertaining to their professional experience, country selection/relevance, outcomes and impact, and personal qualities. When preparing your application, review the questions and the character limits here.


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We hope this information sets you on the right track for the 2021-2022 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program application cycle. Good luck!