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If you would like to publicize a grant or research opportunity available to UM faculty, students, or professionals that is focused on global or international topics, please email international-info@umd.edu.


Where to start?

The term "Fulbright" has now become a brand name used on a variety of international exchange programs cosponsored by the United States and partner countries around the globe.  Where, how, and when one applies for a "Fulbright" depends upon which of these Fulbright programs the candidate chooses.

Broadly speaking, Fulbright programs can be divided between those for US citizens who wish to study or do research outside the US, and those for international students and scholars who wish to come to the US.  Further subdivisions demarcate awards for students (at a variety of post secondary stages) from those for scholars/professionals, who already hold terminal degrees (or the equivalent) in their field.

Faculty, Professional Staff, and pending PhDs

(NOTE: ALL continuing UMD personnel planning to apply for a Fulbright or other international award/opportunity must first obtain permission from their program head or supervisor for their absence from campus.  Administrators whose job duties do not explicitly include international travel should generally expect to use personal/annual leave to cover their absence)

The original and best-known of the Fulbright programs is the Fulbright Scholars Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural AffairsThe Fulbright Scholars Program is "the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 286,000 participants from over 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns."

The Fulbright Scholars Program offers US faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture or do research--or both--in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars of differing duration.

  • For an overview of these various programs click here.
  • For the on-line Catalogue of Awards currently available, click here
  • For info on campus workshops for faculty and professional staff who are interested in applying for a Fulbright, click here


Application Cycle

The Fulbright Scholars Program application process begins 18 months in advance of the first grants in an award cycle.  Application information is generally available in early February of each year for awards beginning in September of the following year. (e.g., the current competition is open for awards between  September, 2014 and August 2015).  With the exception of the seminar offerings, the deadline for all applications for awards is 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, August 1.

Further Information/Advice

For general information, visit http://fulbright.state.gov/.


For specific advice/support, US citizen may contact Joseph B. Scholten, UMD campus rep for Fulbright Programs for faculty/administrators. Workshops for UMd units can be arranged upon request.  Prospective applicants may also contact members of the UM Fulbright Alumni network for advice/feedback on their specific proposal

Those preparing to apply may also participate in Wednesday Webinars. Each Wednesday at 2 p.m. EDT, a program staff member will address an issue pertaining to either their world region or the application process. For further information, including archives of past sessions or future topics, visit:  http://www.cies.org/Webinar/.  (To register for an upcoming webinar, click on the topic line)

Not available for 2014-2015 opportunities? You can still explore Fulbright opportunities for 2014 and beyond. Throughout the year the Explore Fulbright Group features information on how you can benefit from the Fulbright Experience. Visit this group  on the Fulbright Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/fulbrightscholar for daily updates. Become a contact to Fulbright administrator CIES at http://www.linkedin.com/in/fulbrightscholarprogram . And watch the Exploring Fulbright Channel at www.youtube.com/FulbrightScholar1.

Also, visit www.CIES.org for information throughout the year.


All UMD undergraduate and graduate students interested in applying to one of the Fulbright award programs must first contact Prof. James B. Gilbert , UMD Campus Representative for Fulbright Programs for Students, who handles advising in conjunction with the UMD National Scholarships Office.

US citizens interested in Fulbright programs for graduating seniors, recent undergraduates, and graduate students may find general information here.

Fulbright-Hayes programs for doctoral dissertation research abroad (DDRA) by U.S. citizens have been defunded and suspended as a result of Congressional cuts to the budget of the US Department of Education.  Old, general information can be found here.


Non-US citizens wishing to apply for a Fulbright grant in order to come to the University of Maryland should contact the Fulbright Commission in their home country (oftentimes housed at the US Embassy there) for program options and application information.