Fulbright Program

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Fulbright Award Categories

The term “Fulbright Program” encompasses a variety of exchange programs, including both individual and institutional grants. The program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The U.S. administrative agency is the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

West Virginia University has had 63 different individual faculty members receive a Fulbright Scholar award (three others earned their award before coming to WVU) and has had a total of 74 awards (78 currently). A dozen WVU faculty members have had two awards; one had three awards. The earliest award was in 1968.

The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Deadline: August 1, 2012. Information for a wide range of grant categories is on the CIES webpage.


The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends approximately 1,100 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 125 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

The Fulbright Specialist Program, a short-term complement to the core program, sends U.S. faculty and professionals abroad to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects for 2 to 6 weeks. This category began in 2001.

The Fulbright International Education Administrators Program (IEA) is a program that helps U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create connect with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries.

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Program enables U.S. colleges and universities to host foreign academics in a wide range of subject fields for a semester or academic year. The Visiting Scholar Program assists foreign scholars to share their expertise with other campuses while they are in the United States.

Application Process

The Fulbright Program’s application process is lengthy and rigorous, and prospective applicants are encouraged to consider carefully their intentions, goals, future plans and prospective projects before applying for a Fulbright grant. Competition for grants is merit-based. Eligibility criteria will vary by program and by country. Check Fulbright Fact Sheet and Fulbright FAQs.

Fulbright Contact Information

George M. Lies, WVU Fulbright Campus Rep.
Grant Administrator, Office of International Programs
Contact: George.Lies@mail.wvu.edu or Tel.: 304-293-7240

Council for International Exchange of Scholars
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005
Contact: scholars@iie.org – Tel.: 202-686-4 000