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Fulbright Scholar Awards Abroad

Fulbright Scholar Awards Abroad

The Fulbright Scholar Program is a collection of country and regional programs with an array of opportunities for lecturing and research abroad.

About 900 lecturer/research awards in over 140 countries are available. The grants are distributed by country and region, vary in financial support and length of stay, are sometimes tied to very specific appointments, and at other times are unrestricted. The general announcement of award opportunities is issued in the spring. Occasionally, supplemental announcements are released later in the year.

Fulbright awards are normally granted for periods ranging from two to ten months. Dates of most grants coincide with the academic year of the host institution: September/October to June/July in the Northern Hemisphere, February/March to November/December in the Southern Hemisphere. Lecturing awards are usually not available for the summer months only, nor are grants available for attendance at professional congresses and meetings.

In some cases, a competitive proposal requires previous contact with the receiving university. The council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) publishes a pamphlet indicating the openings for each country, and eligible fields. Deadline for awards is usually August 1 of the previous year.

Faculty Salaries and Benefits while on a Fulbright Grant (Revised, January 2016)
In the spirit of continued academic growth of its faculty, Ithaca College encourages faculty to seek Fulbright grant opportunities as a complement to other professional development. This policy statement is an update resulting from discussion and agreement by the academic deans and provost and supersedes previous policies on salaries and benefits for faculty who wish to apply for a Fulbright grant.

Faculty should discuss their Fulbright plans with their department chair and dean prior to applying for the grant.

Tenured faculty are strongly encouraged to coordinate their planning for a Fulbright grant with their sabbatical leave eligibility.

Tenured, tenure-eligible, and non-tenure-eligible notice faculty awarded a full year Fulbright grant will be guaranteed a full annual salary and will continue to have access to full benefits during the duration of their leave. Tenured, tenure-eligible, and non-tenure-eligible notice faculty awarded a semester long Fulbright grant will be guaranteed their full salary for the semester and will also have access to full benefits during the duration of their leave.

Additionally, by accepting the Fulbright Award and being awarded a full year leave, the faculty member must agree to return to full-time service at the College for a full academic year following the end of the leave. In the event the faculty member chooses not to return, he/she will be responsible for refunding to the College the full amount of compensation collected from the College during the leave. Furthermore, if a faculty member accepts a semester long Fulbright award, the faculty member must agree to return to full-time service at the College for an entire semester following the end of the leave. In the event the faculty member chooses not to return, he/she will be responsible for refunding to the College the full amount of compensation collected from the College during the leave.

For Additional Information

For information packets, application materials, strategy suggestions, and answers to general questions about the program, our campus contact is:

Gordon Rowland, PhD
Director, Center for Faculty Excellence
274-3734 (rowland@ithaca.edu)

You may also write, telephone, or e-mail directly:

Council for International Exchange of Scholars
3007 Tilden Street, NW, Suite 5L
Washington, D.C. 20008-3009
(202) 686-7877
Internet: apprequest@cies.iie.org
Web: www.cies.org