Fulbright Programs

On this page you will find a listing of Fulbright grant programs for faculty and students

Fulbright Fellowship programs are offered in over 140 countries worldwide. They provide grants to cover round trip air travel, a monthly living stipend (to cover food, lodging, local transportation, and miscellaneous expenses), supplemental health and accident insurance, and, in some cases, tuition waivers, and research allowances.

If you are familiar with the Fulbright programs, the links below will help you quickly connect to the official Fulbright program Web sites, which include information about application requirements, application opening dates, eligibility, and deadlines.

If you need to learn more about Fulbright programs and want to determine which program is right for you, we recommend a visit to the U.S. Department of State Fulbright Web site , contact MSU's Fulbright advisor, bresnaha@msu.edu Dr. Roger Bresnahan, and attend one of our workshops for graduate students and students graduating this year.

Grant Application Opening Dates

  • U.S. student programs
  • Fulbright U.S. student program opening for MSU undergrads who will graduate the following year, recent graduates who are not enrolled in another grad school, and MSU grad students date: May 1


The MSU deadline for the IIE student Fulbright is September 23 for ETA applicants and September 15 for Research/Study applicants. This will allow time to set up the required interview and for applicants to do revisions. The national deadline for the on-line submission will be mid-October.

Competition for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad Program (DDRA) usually opens in May with a due date 30 days later. Students interested in either of these programs should contact the MSU Fulbright Program Adviser to be added to a mailing list for updates.

Fulbright Student Services


In order to assist students in developing highly competitive applications, Michigan State University offers advising to students who are applying for Fulbright programs. All student Fulbright applications must be submitted through the Fulbright Program Adviser's office at MSU. To schedule appointments or learn more about student Fulbright programs please contact the MSU Fulbright Program Adviser:

Roger Bresnahan
International Center
427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 201-A
East Lansing MI 48824-1035
E-mail: bresnaha@msu.edu
Tel: (517) 432-8244
Fax: (517) 353-7254

Faculty Fulbright Programs

Individual consultation, including reading and commenting on written drafts, is available for faculty, administrators, and professionals throughout the year. Contact the Fulbright Program Adviser, Roger Bresnahan bresnaha@msu.edu

U.S. Faculty Programs

The Traditional Fulbright U.S. Scholar ProgramOpens in new window

The original Fulbright program for faculty and professionals from the U.S. to travel overseas and lecture, conduct research or participate in seminars. Some Fulbright Awards close on a rolling timeframe, so please search online for information on available awards for a particular competition. You can search by country, region or discipline.

Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad FellowshipOpens in new window

This program is for faculty members to conduct research abroad in foreign language or area studies, to improve their knowledge of the culture of the people of an area. Fellowships in this category are not awarded for Western Europe.

Contact the MSU Fulbright -Hays FRA project director, Roger Bresnahan

The project director serves as the only point of contact between the MSU faculty members and the U.S. Dept. of Education and is registered in the U.S. Dept. of Education's e-Application system

Fulbright International Education Administrators ProgramOpens in new window

In this program, seminars of two to three weeks are designed to introduce participants to the society, culture and higher education systems of foreign countries such as Germany, India, Japan and Korea. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and should watch for deadline announcements which are different for each country.

Fulbright Specialist Program Opens in new window

Successful applicants will be placed on a roster of specialists for two years. As need arises, they will be invited to engage in short-term collaborative projects that meet the needs of foreign partner institutions. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program Opens in new window

Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.

Fulbright NEXUS Regional Scholar ProgramOpens in new window

The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program will bring together a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience. This program replaces the Fulbright New Century Scholars program that ran from 2001 through 2009.

Visiting Faculty Programs

Visiting Fulbright Scholars ProgramOpens in new window

Each year, 800 faculty and professionals in this program come to the U.S. for advanced research and university lecturing for programs between 3 and six months. Applications are accepted from more than 150 countries participating in these programs through the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission in their respective countries. U.S. institutions may encourage visiting scholars to apply for a particular program and provide them with letters of invitation to submit with their applications.

Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence ProgramOpens in new window

Visiting scholars from abroad are funded to lecture at U.S. colleges and universities for this program, running either one semester or one academic year. Applications are submitted by U.S. institutions, and they may propose suitable candidates.

Fulbright NEXUS Regional Scholar ProgramOpens in new window

The Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program will bring together a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from the United States and other Western Hemisphere nations for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience. This program replaces the Fulbright New Century Scholars program that ran from 2001 through 2009.

Student Fulbright Program

This program is available to both MSU seniors who are graduating and graduate students. Recent graduates who are not in a graduate program at another school can apply on their own (called at-large applicants) or through the Fulbright Program Adviser at MSU. Applicants must have a B.A. or B.S. before the beginning date of the grant.

U.S. Student Fulbright Program (IIE)Opens in new window

This link, to the Institute for International Education (IIE) web site for the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, leads to helpful sub-pages for applicants, including pod-casts and blogs. There are two kinds of grants under this program, the English Teaching Assistantship grant and the Research/Study grant. Both are available to graduating seniors who will have a B.S. or B.S. by the beginning of the grant and to graduate students and recent graduates. Approximately 1200 fellowships are awarded each year. The same on-line application is used for both types of grant. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA)Opens in new window

This program offers approximately 150 awards each year for six to 12 months to support dissertation research outside of Western Europe. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Once the Request for Proposals is published, usually in early May, MSU will offer special workshops to help students with the components of the on-line application.

Visiting Graduate Student Program

Foreign Fulbright Graduate Student ProgramOpens in new window

More than 1,800 new Foreign Fulbright Fellows enter U.S. universities and colleges each year under this program through which up to two years of funding are given for Master's or doctoral level study. Foreign graduate students apply to the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission in their home country. The deadline for applications varies by home country.

The AMIDEAST Foreign Graduate Student ProgramOpens in new window

Since the early 1970s, in cooperation with the U.S. State Department, AMIDEAST has administered the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for the Middle East and North Africa. Under the AMIDEAST program, over 1,000 students from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, the West Bank/Gaza, and Yemen have been placed in graduate programs at universities across the United States. Application deadlines vary by home country

Programs for U.S. INSTITUTIONS

Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Opens in new window

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Program assists U.S. higher education institutions in expanding programs of academic exchange. The Fulbright European Union Scholar-in-Residence (EUSIR) is a subset of the SIR Program that focuses specifically on strengthening expertise in European Union affairs. Application deadline: October 17, 2011

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq Opens in new window

This program is designed to equip grantees with the knowledge and tools needed to build the capacity of universities in Iraq and to advance the education of future generations of Iraqis. It is expected that Iraqi scholars and their U.S. hosts will develop long-term institutional relationships and areas of cooperation that can be sustained after the grant period.

MENA Regional Short-Term Visiting Scholar Program (MENA S&T) Opens in new window

This competition seeks to identify host institutions to receive scholars from 12 countries in the Middle East and North Africa who will receive grants to participate in one of the five discipline-based cohorts (Science & Technology, Engineering, Environmental/Earth Sciences, Agriculture/Food Security, and Information Technology).

Occasional Lecturer Fund Opens in new window

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) provides travel awards through the Occasional Lecturer Fund, which enable Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are currently in the U.S. to accept guest lecturing invitations at colleges and universities. Occasional Lecturer Fund are granted at three different levels ($250, $500 and $750), which CIES determines based on travel distance involved.

Document Revised 04/30/2014

Fulbright Program Adviser

Roger Bresnahan
E-mail: bresnaha@msu.edu
Tel: (517) 432-8244
Fax: (517) 353-7254

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