For general questions about the Fulbright Scholar Program, visit our FAQs page.
What is meant by early career? Is there a profile of a candidate that is the target of the application?
Early to mid-career entrepreneurial and self-starter professionals with a graduate degree in a public-policy related field (e.g., JD, MPA, MPH) and a minimum of three to five years of full-time work experience. Postdoctoral candidates and practitioners active in the public or private sectors with a record of experience and accomplishment in a public policy related area are encouraged to apply. Candidates with field-specific background applicable to public policy (e.g., Energy, Agriculture, Engineering) are preferred.
Do I have to know a foreign language?
- Peru- Advanced (Superior) Spanish is required.
- Burma - Burmese language fluency is not required but helpful.
- Cote d’Ivoire - Proficiency in French is required.
- Ukraine – Basic level of Ukrainian or Russian language skills for some specific ministries is preferred; others work in English on a regular basis
Fulbright Public Policy Fellows will be required to carry out a position in a foreign government ministry effectively and seamlessly. Meeting the language requirements is critical for completing the daily requirements of the professional placement. For research grant activity, language fluency sufficient to complete the research project is required. For applicants without local language proficiency, feasibility of conducting research must be demonstrated in both the project statement and the language self-evaluation form of the Fulbright application. Non-native speakers who have local language abilities will be asked to also register an external evaluator within the application.
What type of research project will be accepted?
Research projects should be an independent, public policy focused proposal that identifies and addresses the needs and interests of the host ministry and host country; demonstrates potential to advance knowledge, and to establish lasting connections and ties with the host country. A smaller component of the Fellowship 20% of total time), the independent research project must be carried out in consultation with the ministry, on a schedule that meets the ministry project timeline/goals/etc. for your specific assignment.
Examples of successful past projects and placements include:
- Examining opportunities to strengthen inter-ministry collaboration for public health
- Implementing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms
- Supporting corruption prevention practices
- Assisting with trade negotiation preparations
- Examining intercultural-bilingual education quality
- Streamlining renewable energy policies related to geothermal law
- Conducting census mapping of community health workers