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Discover Fulbright Opportunities

The Fulbright Program provides grants to thousands of students and scholars each year to travel abroad and conduct research, carry out professional projects, study or teach.

Funded by the U.S. government, Fulbright offers international education and cultural exchange programs to foster mutual understanding between U.S. citizens and those of other nations. For 20 years, Northwestern University has been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright student awardees. Additionally, in 2023, a Northwestern graduate student and faculty member received awards under the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Faculty and Administrators

The Buffett Institute serves as the Northwestern's Fulbright Scholar Liaison, facilitating increased participation in the Fulbright Scholar Program via institutional level support and peer-to-peer engagement.


Research and Professional Exchange

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers over 800 awards in more than 135 countries for U.S. citizens to teach, conduct research and carry out professional projects around the world.  

The Pre-Application Travel Grant for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offered by the Buffett Institute provides Northwestern faculty members funding to visit international partners and collaborators abroad in advance of applying for a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award. The 2024 deadline to apply for this grant from Buffett was March 15.

Potential applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program are encouraged to review Fulbright applicant resources. Faculty members may also schedule a meeting with Anahit Gomtsian in Northwestern’s Office of Administration and Planning.  

Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program is an opportunity for U.S. academics and established professionals to engage in two- to six-week project-based exchanges at host institutions across the globe. 

Fulbright International Education Administrators Program

The International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars program helps international education professionals and senior higher education officials from the United States create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. 

The Office of the Vice President for International Relations offers One World \ One Northwestern Affinity Groups, which bring together staff members from across the university working in similar areas and facing similar challenges. Affinity groups include a writing circle for grants, conference sessions and articles. Please contact Kim Rapp, Assistant Vice President for International Relations, for more information including assistance with the IEA application.

Hosting International Scholars

Fulbright Visiting Scholars

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides grants to approximately 850 foreign scholars from over 100 countries to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions. These relationships between Northwestern faculty hosts and visiting scholars are typically organically developed. However, Northwestern Buffett serves as an Administrative Official for the program and offers guidance to faculty who wish to host Fulbright visiting scholars as well as resources and support for visitors. Please contact Samantha Nissen, Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives, for assistance with completing the Institutional Reply Form.

Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program allows institutions to host a scholar from outside of the U.S. for a semester or full academic year to teach courses, assist in curriculum development, guest lecture, develop study abroad and/or exchange partnerships and engage with local communities. This institutionally driven program accepts a maximum of one application per university in non-consecutive years. Northwestern Buffett will send out a call when the application opens in a given academic year. Fulbright typically issues its call for applications approximately 15 months before the anticipated start of the grant, with deadlines 11–12 months ahead of a grant’s start date. 

Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund

The Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) provides funding for campuses to host Fulbright Visiting Scholars, already in the United States, for short-term speaking engagements. The OLF award is designed to enrich both institutions and Visiting Scholars through lectures that will promote academic disciplines and cultural understanding.  

U.S. Students

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers students and recent alumni the opportunity to research, study or teach English abroad and is open to students of all disciplines.

Northwestern’s Office of Fellowships assists Northwestern students and alumni through the Fulbright application process. Contact Steve Hill if you are interested in applying for a Fulbright award to fund your research, study or a project in the creative or performing arts. Contact Amy Kehoe if you are interested in teaching English abroad. Undergraduates may schedule appointments with Steve and Amy through ConnectNU.

International Students and Scholars

Northwestern hosts numerous Fulbright student and scholar grantees each year. International students and scholars who are interested in pursuing a Fulbright opportunity at Northwestern should explore opportunities available to individuals from their home countries through the programs below:

Fulbright international students and scholars who are already on campus, or who have been accepted to participate in their program, may contact their Fulbright adviser or Samantha Nissen, Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives, for assistance.