FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP

The International Education Administrators (IEA) 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.  Grantees return with enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students.

Program Policy

The complete Fulbright policies for U.S. Lecturers and Research Scholars, which includes U.S. International Education Administrator Seminar participants are available here (Chapter 600)

The Fulbright Program is governed by policy and procedures established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB), the 12-member board appointed by the President of the United States.

 Opportunities are open to people regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Eligibility Essentials

Applicants must meet all of the following requirements at the time of application unless specific exemptions apply.

U.S. citizenship – permanent residence is not sufficient.

Recipients of a Fulbright Scholar grant are eligible to apply for another Fulbright Scholar grant two years after the date of completion of the previous grant. (For serial or Flex grants, the two-year period begins at the end of the final grant in the series.)

 Candidates who have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application are ineligible. In this case, a period of nine months or more during a calendar year is considered to constitute a full year abroad.

Recent college graduates with limited professional experience are ineligible for consideration under the Fulbright Scholar Program. Instead, such applicants can visit the Fulbright Student Program.

 Graduate or doctoral students seeking funding to complete their degrees are ineligible for consideration under the Fulbright Scholar Program. Instead, such applicants can visit the Fulbright Student Program.

 Sound physical and mental health: selected candidates are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be finalized.

Grants shall not authorize engagement in pastoral, missionary, or other professional religious activities.

 Applicants are required to disclose any prior convictions of a felony or a misdemeanor, including Driving under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), but excluding minor traffic violations. FFSB regulations can be found here (Chapter 600/Section 626 Ineligibility Factors.)

 Employees and their immediate families (i.e. spouses and dependent children) of the U.S. Department of State and of public or private organizations under contract to the U.S. Department of State are ineligible to apply for a Fulbright grant until one year after termination of such employment.

Please note: Candidates who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States will be given preference, provided their qualifications are approximately equivalent to those of other candidates.

Award-specific Requirements

Please reference individual award descriptions for additional eligibility information, including professional qualifications. 

Professional Profile: Individual award descriptions specify the preferred administrator background and years of experience.

Language Requirements: The seminars are conducted in English, foreign language proficiency is not required.

Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for a grant through the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program. If you are not a citizen of the United States, and would like to apply for a grant to visit the U.S., please visit the Visiting Fulbright Scholar Program. If you are a recent college graduate, or graduate student or doctoral candidate with limited professional experience, please visit the Fulbright Student Program.

Application

It is essential that all required application components for the 2020-21 U.S. Scholar Program be complete and submitted by the application deadline.

Statement of Intent

All applications require a statement of intent. It must be clear and compelling to audiences familiar and unfamiliar with your institution/organization.

Format Requirements:

3 to 5 pages

Single spaced, 12-point or larger font size, 1-inch margins

Use headers and/or bullets to organize and convey key elements, and page numbers

File type: Adobe PDF (recommended) or Word document

Only Latin alphabet characters are allowed (i.e., do not include any words or phrases that contain non-English characters) (to match the format requirements below)

The statement of intent should address the following:

Your current job responsibilities and how they relate to this grant, including any achievements in the development of international initiatives and/or systems.

Why you chose this country, including how it relates to your professional responsibilities.

How your participation in this IEA seminar would contribute to the international education goals of your institution, and the anticipated impact your participation would have on your institution and/or community.

How you would share what you have learned with your home institution and others, as well as any expertise you can share with peers in the host country.

The impact your participation would have on your professional development and career.

CV/Resume

All applications require a curriculum vitae or resume. It should be clearly organized and tailored to show how your credentials, professional standing and accomplishments relate to international education.

Include your employment history, listing all items chronologically, starting with the most recent

Format Requirements:

Up to 6 pages

Single spaced, 12-point or larger font size; 1-inch margins

Use headers and/or bullets to organize and convey key elements, and page numbers

File type: Adobe PDF (recommended) or Word document

Only Latin alphabet characters are allowed (i.e., do not include any words or phrases that contain non-English characters)

Institutional Statement

All applications require an institutional statement, except for the Russia Community College Administrators Seminar award.

Institutional Statements should address the following:

General information about your home institution (type of institution, total enrollment, number of degrees offered, etc.).

The number of international students on campus and where they are coming from.

If applying for the IEA Seminar in Japan, you must include the number of Japanese students currently on your campus.

The study abroad opportunities available on your campus.

Any institutional partnerships, particularly with universities in the country where the grant takes place.

Any future goals/plans for internationalizing the campus.

Format Requirements:

Up to 2 pages

Single spaced, 12-point or larger font size; 1-inch margins

Use headers and/or bullets to organize and convey key elements, and page numbers

File type: Adobe PDF (recommended) or Word document

Only Latin alphabet characters are allowed (i.e., do not include any words or phrases that contain non-English characters)

Recommendations

All applications require three letters of recommendation. Recommenders evaluate your professional qualifications, the potential for institutional impact, and your personal qualifications and qualities.

Applicants must register their recommenders in the online application, and are responsible for ensuring their letters are submitted via the online system by the application deadline

Recommenders submit their letters directly to the online application, and may not be submitted outside the online system

Letters can be submitted before or after you submit the application

All recommendations must be in English

Tips

Applicants: Provide your recommenders with a copy of your statement of intent

Recommenders: Retain an electronic copy of submitted letters

Who may serve as a recommender?

Recommendations should be from a variety of persons:

One reference must be from your current supervisor or someone you report to at your institution

One reference must be from a colleague in your field from your own or another institution who is familiar with your administrative skills and leadership success

One reference can be from any colleague who can speak to your personal attributes and interest in international education

References from relatives are not permitted

Representatives of U.S. Embassy posts or Fulbright Commissions in the country of application may not serve as recommenders

Representatives of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State may not serve as recommenders

Representatives of the Institute of International Education may not serve as recommender

Recommenders should address the following

Applicant’s professional qualifications: Evidence of achievements in the development of educational institutions and systems, including any international initiatives

Institutional impact: Anticipated benefits to applicant’s home institution after participation in the program; commitment of the institution to international education activities and programs

Applicant’s personal qualifications and qualities: Ability to work with colleagues from a variety of institutions in the U.S. and abroad and to function well in a group

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