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

Summer 2023 Info Sessions

  • Bi-Weekly Information Sessions, hosted by the Montclair State Fulbright Program Advisor
  • Tuesdays from 12pm-12:45pm on the following dates: May 9th, May 23rd, June 6th, June 20th, July 18th, July 25th, Aug. 1st, Aug. 8th, Aug. 15th, Aug. 22nd, Aug. 29th, and Sept. 5th.
  • Zoom link for all info sessions.

Montclair State University Representatives:

Timothy White
Director, International Academic Initiatives
Fulbright Program Advisor for the U.S. Student Program

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

U.S. Student Program: for juniors, seniors, and recent graduates

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program Competition is now open!

International Academic Initiatives will host Info Sessions in Summer 2023. They will be on Tuesdays from 12pm-12:45pm on the following dates:May 9th, May 23rd, June 6th, June 20th, July 18th, July 25th, Aug. 1st, Aug. 8th, Aug. 15th, Aug. 22nd, Aug. 29th, and Sept. 5th. This is the Zoom link for all info sessions.

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.

View the official website for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

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

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 Recipients Tiffany Soares, Meghan Marino, and Treasa Praino as they return from the incredible experience of having been fully funded to teach English abroad, and unpack their fantastic experience and personal growth as a Fulbright ambassador.

Also, read about Montclair State’s past recipients and where they got fully funded to teach English abroad.

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Two Types of Student 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.

U.S. Scholar Program: for Montclair State faculty

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.

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.

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.

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.