University of Iowa

Within the collegiate framework for faculty salaries, UI colleges will maintain the faculty member’s compensation level during the Fulbright Core Scholar award period through a combination of UI (reduced) salary and the Fulbright stipend. In other words, regardless of the specific teaching/research obligations of the award, the faculty member will not be penalized for accepting the Fulbright award, and instead will be “made whole” for the period of the award, within the particular salary structure of the awardee’s college. The instruction normally provided by the Fulbright Scholar will need to be met in her/his absence. Most often this will be accomplished through temporary reallocation of departmental/college resources to meet instructional need.

Because of the variation in duration and financial support, applicants should work closely with their department chair and dean’s office to develop a plan that fits their particular situation.  Eligibility for these awards is limited to tenured and tenure track faculty.  

For additional information regarding these guidelines, please contact:

Kevin Kregel
Associate Provost for Faculty

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Fulbright Scholar Program

This year's 2021-22 competition is now open.

Deadline: September 15, 2020

The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends more than 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Awardees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Applications for program participation must be submitted online by September 15.


General information: For general program information and an online application, you may visit the CIES website or see the Fulbright Scholar presentation (PDF).

Common misperceptions: Read about common misperceptions about the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Fulbright program officers: To contact the appropriate Fulbright program officers for more information about specific programs, visit the U.S. Scholar Program website.

Because of the variation in duration and financial support, applicants should work closely with their department chair and dean’s office to develop a plan that fits the particular situation.  Eligibility for these awards is limited to tenured and tenure-track faculty.

Fulbright Specialist Program

Deadline: Rolling

The Fulbright Specialist Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (2 to 6 weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. These shorter grant lengths give specialists greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional commitments. Applications for the Fulbright Specialist Program are accepted on a rolling basis, and peer reviews of applications are conducted eight times per year. Applicants apply throughout the calendar year to obtain candidacy on the Fulbright Specialist Roster. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) builds lists of qualified Specialist candidates for each eligible discipline and matches Senior Specialist candidates with project requests. Applicants who are recommended by specialist peer review committees and approved by the J.William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board become candidates for Fulbright Senior Specialist projects.

To find out more information on eligible disciplines for the Fulbright Specialist Program and to obtain an application, you may visit

For assistance in preparing applications, contact applicant's departmental/collegiate grants administrator or:

Karen Wachsmuth
Fulbright Scholar Liaison

Faculty Spotlight

Michaela Hoenicke-Moore

Michaela Hoenicke-Moore

UI Associate Professor of History
Fulbright Scholar 2017
Innsbruck, Austria

How did your Fulbright experience contribute to your professional development?

Presenting current research on American foreign policy views at the grassroots level as well as more conventional lectures on U.S. foreign policy and transatlantic relations to academic and general audiences across Austria, including on TV, re-energized my own scholarship and deepened my commitment to public education. At the same time, I made new professional connections and helped establish an Iowa-Innsbruck academic and student exchange program.

What advice would you have for other faculty members interested in applying for Fulbright?

Twice in my life a Fulbright grant has been a gateway to a beautiful, inspiring, and exhilarating new world. As academics, we are usually purposeful and controlling, yet the most meaningful experiences and insights of my Fulbright semester came to me as unplanned gifts. My advice would be, as soon as the annual Fulbright catalogue comes out, study it like a kid surveying a candy store - there'll be something in it for you!


In the News

Three UI Faculty awarded prestigious Fulbright grants

Fulbright grants have a growing presence at the University of Iowa. This year, a record-breaking nineteen students and three faculty members were awarded Fulbrights to conduct research, study, or teach abroad. While the student program has recently achieved more prominence, recent changes in policy for faculty members have made pursuing faculty Fulbrights a much easier process.