Fulbright Scholar Program

Deadline: Monday, September 16, 2024

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.

Leave and Compensation Matters

Fulbright Core Scholar Awards typically will require a leave from the UI during the academic year, so faculty need to discuss their leave, teaching responsibilities, and compensation matters with their DEO and College.  

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ stipend supplement policy, employed for several other fellowships, cannot be applied to Fulbright Awards, due to the varying award amounts and manner in which those awards are paid out to the Scholar. Leave and compensation for CLAS faculty members who receive Fulbright Awards will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Dean’s Office. While preparing the application, please contact Ann Knudson, who will work with CLAS Associate Deans to determine how each award would be handled.

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"My Fulbright award provided an opportunity to pursue a new, field-based atmospheric research study and to engage with research collaborators in Australia."

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.

Visit the Fulbright Specialist Program website to learn more about eligible disciplines and to obtain an application.


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UI faculty meet professional goals with help of funding through International Programs

Tuesday, May 14, 2024
International Programs provides funding opportunities and grant-writing assistance for UI faculty engaged in international research, partnerships, and other activities, and is invested in the success that faculty have in their field.
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Loyce Arthur receives Fulbright to Indonesia to study and teach costume design

Thursday, May 2, 2024
The University of Iowa is pleased to announce that Loyce Arthur, associate professor of design in the UI Department of Theatre Arts, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Bali, Indonesia, for the 2024-25 academic year.
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Carolyn Hartley receives Fulbright to Kosovo to research domestic violence

Thursday, May 2, 2024
The University of Iowa is pleased to announce that Carolyn Hartley, associate professor in the UI School of Social Work, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to Kosovo for the 2024-25 academic year.


General information: For general program information and an online application, you may visit the Fulbright Scholar 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