IEA Review Criteria

The Fulbright International Education Administrators Program supports seminar activities for U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials to create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries.  Applications that demonstrate a desire to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues are particularly welcome as are proposals  that are conducive to candidates’ sharing of their experiences and knowledge with colleagues, students and, ideally, to encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students.

As reviewers take into account the basic objectives of the Fulbright International Education Administrator Program, they apply the following criteria:


  • Suitability of applicant’s credentials, training, knowledge, skills and experience as it relates to international education
  • Evidence of personal qualities, including abilities to serve as a cultural ambassador for the United States, including, but not limited to personal attributes of collegiality, cultural adaptability and sensitivity
  • Project’s potential impact, value of projected outcomes on the applicant’s career, professional development, home institution, and/or community

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong preference in the Fulbright IEA Program is for those who have not previously held a Fulbright grant. Therefore, previous Fulbright IEA grantees are expected to make a strong justification in their application for a repeat Fulbright IEA grant: evidence of outcomes and sustained professional, institutional, and/or personal ties resulting from previous Fulbright grant; explanation of how subsequent Fulbright grant will build on the previous one.
  • However, those who may have held a Core U.S. Scholar grant may apply for an IEA grant provided they continue to meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • Preference will be given to applicants whose higher education was undertaken primarily at educational institutions in the United States.
  • Candidates who have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application are ineligible. In this case, a period of nine months or more during a calendar year is considered to constitute a full year abroad.
  • Employees and their immediate families (i.e. spouses and dependent children) of the U.S. Department of State and of public or private organizations under contract to the U.S. Department of State are ineligible to apply for a Fulbright grant until one year after termination of such employment. Duty abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States is not considered disqualifying within the meaning of this section.
  • Other factors being equal, and to the extent possible, applicants are chosen to represent a broad geographic distribution, by both home state and type of institution.
  • Preference is given to veterans when other factors are equivalent.