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CIES Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

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 about 125 countries to over 500 U.S. 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.


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 comprehensive information, instructions, editorial assistance, review criteria tailored to each application, and professional advice on how best to structure an application for this particular competition.

Application Deadline:

August 1, 2018

Application Submission:

Interested applicants must apply online directly to CIES at, beginning March 1, where application materials and information are also available.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • PhD or appropriate equivalent professional or terminal degree (including a master's degree in some fields). Professionals, artists, and other non-academic applicants need recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments
  • relevant postdoctoral academic lecturing experience for teaching awards
  • for some countries, must possess sufficient foreign-language competence