The 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:

Lois Geist
Associate Provost for Faculty

Russell Ganim
Associate Provost
Dean of International Programs 

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Fulbright Scholar Program

This year's 2022-23 competition is now open.

Deadline: September 15, 2021

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.

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 learn more about eligible disciplines for the Fulbright Specialist Program and to obtain an application, you may visit


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.

Upcoming Events

Webinars sponsored by the Fulbright Scholar Program: Please click here for a list of upcoming webinars.

Application Assistance

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

Karen Wachsmuth
Fulbright Scholar Liaison

Faculty Spotlight

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Mercedes Bern-Klug

Professor, UI School of Social Work; Director, Aging & Longevity Studies Program
Fulbright-García Robles U.S. Studies Professorship/Chair Teaching and Research Award
Mexico City, Mexico

How did your Fulbright experience contribute to your professional development?

This is an amazing opportunity to learn about how higher education works in a country other than the USA.  I see strengths of the Mexican system that I would like to incorporate and I see ways in which we do things at Iowa that could be considered here. One big change is that most of the graduate students I am teaching here at the University of Guadalajara in the gerontology department receive generous financial support that allows them (actually requires them) to devote full attention to their graduate work.  Being a graduate student is their full-time job. The caliber of the work accomplished by these graduate students in two short years is impressive.  In terms of my own professional development I have learned that I need to consider scholarly literature beyond the US only, because there are good ideas everywhere! 

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

Some Fulbright awards require language competency and others do not, so choose accordingly.  Consider whether  you are interested in conducting research in another country, teaching, or a combination.  That may depend on how much time you want to be away from the UI.  If you are applying for a two-semester Fulbright, that would allow more time for research (although faculty have been successful doing a one-semester research Fulbright).  Fulbright is about building connections across national borders. Apply with the attitude that you want to learn about scholarship and higher education in another country.  It is also about being part of a network of scholars from various fields who are all assigned to the same country.  I have met amazing scholars from all over the US who are also doing a Fulbright here in Mexico.  The opportunity to interact with these scholars  through orientation sessions has been an unexpected delight.   Fulbright is an extended network,  extended throughout the US and throughout the world.  It is an opportunity to share what you have learned with others and to learn—and live—another culture, which can enrich your own scholarship and teaching when you return to the University of Iowa. What a privilege!  

NOTE: different UI colleges deal with Fulbright awards in different ways.  Strive to get a clear understanding and commitment from your college (in writing) before you accept the Fulbright.  Also, and this is very important, work closely with the UI staff in  International Programs, they are knowledgeable, resourceful and extremely supportive.  I would not be here in Mexico without the support of UI  International Programs; they helped de-mystify the process for me and provided guidance at every step of the way. 

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