Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program News

Visit our Catalog of Awards for details of over 400 awards offered across 130 countries.  The deadline to apply is September 15, 2021. Please note that U.S. citizenship is required. Join a webinar this month to learn more about Fulbright opportunities around the world.


Please join us in one of the following live webinars in July 2021:

Can’t join us live? All webinars are recorded and archived on our website. To view more upcoming and archived webinars, visit our Webinar Schedule.  (Note that any times listed for webinars or other live resource events are in U.S. Eastern standard time.)

Letters of Invitation: What You Need to Know



For many awards, the first step towards a successful Fulbright U.S. Scholar application is seeking a letter of invitation. So, what is a letter of invitation, and how do you obtain one? Do you always need one? (Answer: sometimes, but not always!) Visit our latest blog post to learn more about the important component of the U.S. Scholar application. Here you will also find a helpful video featuring Catherine Matto, our Application and Selection Lead, with guidance on letters of invitation.

Remember the resources available to guide you through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar application process!


Jason Reblando, U.S. Scholar to the Philippines, 2014

At this point in the year, many U.S. scholars have begun their applications… but what if you have questions? Note the resources available to guide you through the process at cies.org, including detailed application instructions and the application section of our site, which includes a complete list of required materials and more pointed guidance for all components.  We invite you to take advantage of these resources for a strong application!

Interested to apply but still choosing an award? 
Join us for Global Hidden Gems!



Nathaniel Wheelwright, U.S. to Colombia, 2018

There are over 400 awards available for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar competition. Some of them are widely known, but others may not garner as much attention. Join our Global Hidden Gems webinar on Wednesday July 28, 2-3 pm, to hear more about awards considered by Program Staff to be the “hidden gems” of the competition. Our speakers will demystify award requirements, share tips for applying, and answer applicant questions.

Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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