The Fulbright Scholarship


As a top producer of Fulbright Scholars, Florida State University is dedicated to aiding faculty on their Fulbright journey. Open to Americans ranging from young graduates to established full professors, the Fulbright program has a history of inspiring academics to view the world through a global lens. Our professors have the opportunity to apply to a variety of Fulbright awards to enhance their research capabilities, learn with other intellectuals in an international environment, and volunteer their services in local communities around the world. More than 40 FSU Faculty have received the U.S Scholar Award since 2003, multiple have been been a part of the Fulbright Specialist Program, and five have received Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards.

The Fulbright Scholar program provides grants for faculty looking to deepen their knowledge in their chosen field of study and gain from international expertise. In their host country, which can range from Slovakia to Uruguay to Brunei, Fulbright Scholars  interact with citizens of their host countries in a variety of experiences, from teaching to completing research with locals, to managing the local market and public school systems. (Fulbright Scholars are allowed to take their family with them!) The Fulbright Program makes approximately 1200 awards annually to send faculty to 160 countries.  Each awardee has moved through a rigorous peer review process both in the United States and in their host country. Funding is appropriated by Congress to the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and FSU provides cost-sharing to faculty to make the experience as stress-free as possible. Florida State Alumni and Faculty that are awarded the Fulbright Scholarship are in fellowship with notable fellows including 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 37 heads of government, and 59 Nobel Prize recipients. More than 360,000 Fulbright fellows have been named throughout history.

The applications have already closed for this cycle, but the faculty Fulbright Awards Catalog for 2019-2020 will be open in February:

As Gustave Flaubert said; “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

A workshop for faculty interested in applying to be a Fulbright Scholar in 2019-2020 will be held Friday, March 2, from 10:30 – noon in the Scholars Commons Instructional Classroom, Strozier Library.  Click here to register:  Fulbright Application Workshop Registration

-Zoe Zirlin



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