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Fulbright Programs

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

Montclair State University is proud of our continuing participation in the Fulbright Programs, and the Office of International Academic Initiatives is the central resource on campus for both U.S. and Foreign Fulbright Programs.

Fulbright Features Newsletter

IAI publishes the Fulbright Features newsletter to keep the community informed of all things Fulbright.

Fulbright Features: Issue 1, Winter 2021

Fulbright Features: Issue 2, Spring 2021

Fulbright Forum 2021: Montclair State hosted a Fulbright Forum event on April 21.

Fulbright as a Catalyst for Internationalization, an HSI Perspective”  Recorded webinar.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Montclair State University Representatives:

David Schwarzer
Professor, Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Services
Fulbright Scholar Liaison, Faculty and Scholar Programs

Chelsey Watts
Interim Director, International Academic Initiatives
Fulbright Scholar Liaison, Faculty and Scholar Programs

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers U.S. faculty and administrators grants to lecture, conduct research, or participate in seminars around the world. The program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop for faculty and professionals. Learn more at

View the recording of our Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Information Session from November 17th, 2020


Within the Fulbright Scholar Program, there are different opportunities in which to participate. There is no longer a limit to the number of programs you can complete. You may participate in any combination of programs as much as you’d like.

CORE – Deadline: See CORE page

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program selects about 600 U.S. faculty and professionals each year to lecture and/or conduct research abroad. Opportunities are available in many countries in a variety of academic and professional fields.

Specialist – Deadline: Rolling

This program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals in select disciplines to engage in short-term collaborative two to six week projects at host institutions in over 100 countries worldwide.

International Education Administrators – Deadline: varies by location, check International Education Administrators page

The International Education Administrators seminars program helps international education professionals and senior higher education officials from the U.S. create connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of select countries.

Distinguished Chairs Program – Deadline: See Distinguished Chairs Program page

The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program selects approximately forty distinguished lecturing, distinguished research, and distinguished lecturing/research scholars each year for awards ranging from three to 12 months. Candidates should have a significant publication and teaching history.

Other Opportunities

In addition to the four awards listed above, there may be other awards and seminars being offered. Please check the CIES listing of Fulbright Programs for the latest opportunities.

Scholar in Residence Program

This program brings visiting scholars and professionals from abroad to lecture at U.S. colleges and universities for one semester or one academic year. Preference is given to minority serving institutions, but others may apply as part of a partnership.

Outreach Lecturing Fund

An opportunity which enables Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are currently in the U.S. to accept short, guest lecturing invitations at colleges and universities.

NEXUS Regional Scholar Program

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.

The Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program

Offers educators the opportunity to exchange teaching positions with a teacher from another country for one semester or academic year.

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program

Recognizes and encourages excellence in primary and secondary classroom teaching in the U.S. and abroad.

Catalog of Awards

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about specific opportunities by visiting the CIES catalog.

Application Deadlines and Eligibility Requirements

The application deadline for awards varies – see individual programs for details. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions visit the CIES website or contact them at

Previous Scholars from Montclair State University

Office of International Academic Initiatives maintains a list of MSU faculty Fulbright Alumni. Montclair State University Fulbright Scholars, If you have received a Fulbright Scholar grant and your name is not included, please contact the Office of International Academic Initiatives so we can add you to the list.

List of all previous scholars from around the U.S.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program Competition is Opening Soon!

International Academic Initiatives is hosting Virtual Zoom Information Sessions for MSU Students and Alumni as follows:

If you wish to join a live information session, just click on the link above.

The Fulbright Advisor is also available for individual virtual advising appointments.  Email for an appointment.

Fulbright offers robust online resources to assist students through the application process and to support the work of Fulbright Program Advisors.

A full list of upcoming webinars for applicants (FPAs are welcome to join!) can be found on the Information Sessions page of the website. All applicant webinars are recorded and can be accessed throughout the competition on the Recorded Webinars webpage.

Montclair State Representative:

Chelsey Watts
Interim Director, International Academic Initiatives
Fulbright Program Advisor

View the official website for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
View more information and deadlines for Montclair State University applicants.

Read application advice from the experts, including Montclair State University’s Fulbright Program Advisor:
How to Win a Fulbright Scholarship

Applications for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program are opening soon!

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study, and English teaching assistant opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students.

Juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates can apply for funding to study, research or teach English abroad. Applicants from ALL academic fields are welcome!  

Read about Montclair State Fulbright Alumni Grant Recipients, Tiffany  Soares, Meghan Marino, and Treasa Praino.

Tiffany Soares, Meghan Marino and Treasa Praino

Also, read about Montclair State Fulbright Grant Recipients to teach English in Germany, Malaysia and South Africa, Meghan Marino, Jeremy Fishman, and Tiffany Soares.

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The Fulbright Program in Brief

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program has provided approximately 318,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright Awards

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program Study/Research Award grants scholarships to U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals, scientists and artists selected through a national, merit-based competition for study and research abroad. Academic fields include the social sciences, humanities and the sciences. The Program emphasizes leadership development.

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program places U.S. students, primarily new college graduates, as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas, where they increase foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States. They are integrated in the host community, which improves their own foreign language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.

Montclair State’s Fulbright Program

Learn more about the Montclair State University Fulbright Program Application Process. 

How Do I Apply?

  • Start an application on the Fulbright website OR contact the Montclair State University Fulbright Program Advisor for an appointment to discuss which program might be right for you and how to apply.
  • The Fulbright Program Advisor for the U.S. Student Program for Montclair State University is Chelsey Watts, Interim Director, International Academic Initiatives, Fulbright Student Program Advisor
Fulbright Foreign Student and Scholar Program

Montclair State Representative:

Chelsey Watts
Interim Director, International Academic Initiatives
Fulbright Program Advisor

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program
Enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to conduct research and study in the United States.

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program
Brings foreign scholars, professionals, and artists to lecture and/or conduct post-doctoral research for up to a year at U.S. colleges and universities.

See of some of our new Fulbright students!

Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund – Learn how you can invite a Visiting Fulbright Scholar to your event or class!

Watch a recording of our Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund Information Session from November 17th, 2020.