Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Scholar Program (FSP) offers U.S. faculty, administrators, and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars. FSP is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the scholar branch of the Institute of International Education.

The updated Fulbright U.S. Scholar Catalog of Awards for the 2020-2021 competition is available now! Potential applicants can view a list of upcoming webinars and archive of past programs @ https://www.cies.org/event-type/webinar-schedule.

A full list of programs (current & past) available to U.S. scholars, administrators, (non-U.S.) visiting scholars, and U.S. institutions can be found @ http://www.cies.org/programs.

For the 2020-2021 FSP competition, awards available to UW-Madison scholars include:

  • Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program – offers ~500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.
  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards – comprise approximately forty distinguished lecturing, distinguished research and distinguished lecturing/research awards ranging from three to 12 months.
  • Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminars – help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues over the course of an intensive two week grant duration.
  • Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards – open to U.S. scholars who have recently completed their doctoral degree – typically within the five previous years. These grants present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources and to make connections with others in their fields.
  • Fulbright Global Scholar Award – allows U.S. academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to propose research or combined teaching/research activity in two to three countries with flexible schedule options; trips can be conducted within one academic year or spread over two consecutive years.

Applicants apply directly to CIES; there is no campus component of any of the competitions though we encourage UW-Madison faculty and staff interested in applying to reach out to the IRIS Awards Office: Mark Lilleleht in the IRIS Awards Office is happy to assist those exploring options and considering putting together an application.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs also administers the Fulbright Specialist Program which “sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for a period of 2 to 6 weeks.”

Please Note:

The competition for the 2020-2021 Fulbright Scholar Program is now open!

Review the complete Fulbright U.S. Scholar Catalog of Awards for 2020-2021 online.

Most awards for the 2020-2021 award cycle have a deadline of September 16, 2019.


Questions? Contact Mark Lilleleht at awards@iris.wisc.edu or 608.265.6070


You can find a list of U.S. Core Scholar program participants from UW-Madison since 2010 here.

A full list of (non-U.S.) Visiting Scholars at the UW-Madison since 2010 can be viewed here.