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CIES Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Description: The Council for International Exchange of Scholars, on behalf of the U.S. State Department, administers the “Core Fulbright Scholar Program,” which annually makes available fellowships in roughly 140 countries to over 800 US scholars and professionals from a wide variety of academic and professional fields. These prestigious grants are a major source of funding for lecturing or conducting research abroad.

Eligibility:  Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens, normally must have relevant postdoctoral academic lecturing experience if they wish to lecture—or a doctorate (or other terminal degree, including a master’s in some fields) or equivalent professional qualifications if they want to do research abroad, and for some countries must possess sufficient language competence for the project they wish to undertake.

Benefits:  Awardees generally receive roundtrip travel, a living allowance that varies with the country and number of dependents, and a small allowance for local travel abroad, books, and services. The duration of the grants usually range from 2 to 12 months.

Deadline:  August 1, 2017

Submission:  Interested applicants must apply online directly to CIES at, where complete application materials and information are also available.

Assistance:  Although the U-M International Institute does not administer any aspect of this competition or these awards, we have been trained by CIES and are able to provide information, instructions, editorial assistance, review criteria tailored to each application, and professional advice on how best to structure an application for this particular competition: e-mail

Workshops: Held periodically from March through July, informal workshops will be held in Conference Room 2609 on the 2nd floor of the School of Social Work Building, near the International Institute main office on the dates below. Ann Arbor faculty and professionals who are U.S. citizens and who have international interests are encouraged to attend. Mr. Beni, the University of Michigan’s faculty Fulbright advisor for the past 30 years, will offer a free informal workshop on the Fulbright “Core” Program. There you can learn about Fulbright teaching and research opportunities in over 125 countries, receive advice on selecting countries for application and making contacts abroad, get tips on how to prepare the Fulbright application, and ask questions about the award or your qualifications for it. Reservations are encouraged but not required (simply email The closest parking structure for University of Michigan permit holders is the Hill Street Parking Structure off South University Avenue. No permit is required for the public Forest Avenue Parking Structure at Forest and Willard.

Fall 2017 Workshops Schedule to be announced shortly.