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 2022-2023 competition is available online. Potential applicants can view a list of upcoming webinars and archive of past programs @ https://www.cies.org/event-type/webinar-schedule.

For the 2022-2023 FSP competition, awards available to UW-Madison scholars included:

  • 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. Subcategories of note within this group of awards include the Global Scholar Award, the Public Policy Fellowship, and the Arctic Initiative.
  • Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Awards – These awards are viewed as the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Awards are open to scholars who have more than seven years of experience in their discipline or area of expertise, though some awards may further restrict eligibility. Distinguished Scholars are expected to actively engage host institutions in a spirit of promoting mutual understanding and sharing knowledge. Visit the main Fulbright US Scholar page to link thru to a complete list of these awards.
  • Fulbright Postdoctoral Awards – Postdoctoral Awards provide recently graduated scholars an opportunity to conduct research and receive professional training abroad. Awards may involve limited teaching. Postdocs are open to scholars who will have received a doctoral degree (Ph.D., J.D., M.D., Ed.D., etc.) within five years of the fellowship start date. Degree conferment before the start of the award is mandatory. Institutional affiliation in the U.S. is not required. Visit the main Fulbright US Scholar page to link thru to a complete list of these awards.
  • Fulbright International Education Administrator Awards – These awards provide international education professionals and senior higher education officials an opportunity to engage in a two-week intensive seminars to learn about the host country’s education system and establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues.

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 2022-2023 Fulbright Scholar Program is open!

Review the complete Fulbright U.S. Scholar Catalog of Awards for 2022-2023 online.

Most awards for the 2022-2023 award cycle have a deadline of September 15, 2021.


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