U.S. Scholar Project Statement

Project Statement Requirements

The project statement is your opportunity to explain your proposed project and specific strengths as an applicant to reviewers and potential hosts․ It must be clear and compelling to audiences both inside and outside your discipline․ It should be well-organized and developed, and realistic in scope.

The project statement addresses:

  • What you propose to do
  • How you propose to do it
  • Why the project is important
  • What benefits the project will produce for your host, your discipline, you, and your home institution (employer)

Depending on grant activity selected for award

For Teaching, specifically describe:

  • What have you taught, how do you teach, your involvement in curriculum planning, thesis advising, or administrative responsibilities?
  • What courses do you propose to teach? Do you plan other teaching activities? (Such as seminars, curriculum and program development, public lectures)
  • What impact do you expect on your teaching and/or professional work?
  • How do you expect to use the experience upon your return? (Such as institutional collaboration, student and faculty exchange)

For Research, specifically describe:

  • What do you propose to do? State clearly your objectives, methodology and the nature of your research (quantitative or qualitative)
  • What is the academic and professional context of the project?
    • Note: your bibliography will reflect the current state of research in the discipline and will be uploaded as a separate document. 
  • What professional experience has prepared you to successfully accomplish this project?
  • Why does it need to be done? What significance does it hold for your discipline, your development, the host country’s benefit?
  • How will you carry out the proposed research? (Such as methodology, logistics, time frame)
  • How feasible is your project in terms of resources and amount of time allocated?
  • What research facilities and resources are found in the host country?
  • How could local political or cultural issues impact your work?
  • How will your results be disseminated? (Such as publications, conference presentations, joint collaboration, exhibitions)

For Teaching/Research, specifically describe:

  • Both the teaching and the research components, using the above guidelines
  • If award description specifies the teaching and research time allocation, ensure the project statement matches and reflects this (e.g., if the award denotes 80% teaching and 20% research, then the project statement should reflect this requirement)
  • If award description does not specify a specific percentage requirement, address both the teaching and research components clearly and adequately. If you have any questions about the percentages, consult with your potential host or contact the IIE/CIES U.S. Program contact.
  • If you are applying for Flex: clear plans and justification for Flex, including project timeline


Flex and Multi-Country, specifically describe:

  • If you are applying for Flex and/or a multi-country award: clear plans and justification for each Flex segment/country visit, including project timeline

Format Requirements:

  • 3 to 5 pages
  • Single spaced, 12-point or larger font size, 1-inch margins
  • Use headers and/or bullets to organize and convey key elements, and page numbers
  • Only Latin alphabet characters are allowed (i.e., do not include any words or phrases that contain non-English characters)
  • File type: Adobe PDF (recommended) or Word document
  • Project Statement Sample Extracts

Short essay questions:

In the Project Statement section of the application, you will be asked to respond to the following questions:
  • Why Fulbright? (Up to 1000 characters, including spaces and punctuation)
  • Why have you selected this country (countries)? Why does your project need to be undertaken in this country (countries)? What experiences have prepared you to undertake your project in this country (countries)? Please describe your prior experiences in the host country/countries (if any). (Up to 2000 characters, including spaces and punctuation)
  • Describe your ability to be adaptable, culturally sensitive, collegial, and how you may serve as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. (Up to 1000 characters, including spaces and punctuation)
If your grant activity includes Teaching, you will also be asked:
  • How you will adapt your materials to the culture and language of the host country? How will you adapt to a pedagogically different teaching environment in which your students’ first language may not be English? (Up to 2000 characters, including spaces and punctuation)
Posted: 2/7/2019