Fulbright Scholars Program

(The following information is for CofC faculty. Students may contact the College's Office of Nationally Competitive Awards for Fulbright information.) 

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The Fulbright Scholar Program is coordinated by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The College of Charleston has been named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars and Fulbright Students among master’s-level colleges and universities in the United States. The College is the only master’s-level school in the United States to be included as a top producer in both categories. 

The Fulbright Scholars Program is “the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 310,000 participants from over 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research, to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.”

The Fulbright Scholars Program offers U.S. higher education faculty and administrators, and professionals in a variety of other fields, grants to teach or do research—or both—or to participate in seminars or consultancies of shorter duration.  Explore the online catalogue of awards.

Explore the possibilities:

  • The Fulbright Specialist Program is designed to provide short-term academic collaboration opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals.
  • Fulbright Flex Awards, available for some awards, allow applicants to propose multiple stays of one to three months in the host country over a period of two years, rather than a single, more extended residency.
  • Fulbright Postdoctoral and Early Career Awards offer opportunities in a range of countries and fields for applicants in the five years after their doctorate. These awards present an excellent opportunity for recently minted scholars to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources, and to make connections with others in their fields.  
  • Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chair Program are the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be senior scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.
  • Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminars introduce university administrators at various levels to the society, culture, and higher education systems of France Germany, India, Japan, Korea, or Taiwan. These short term programs involve campus visits, meetings with foreign colleagues and government officials, attendance at cultural events, and briefings on education. Participants return to their home campuses with broadened perspectives on the global world that is higher education today.
  • The Fulbright Arctic Initiative brings together a network of scholars, professionals and applied researchers from the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience
  • The Fulbright Global Scholar Award allows U.S. academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to propose research or combined teaching/research activity in two to three countries with flexible schedule options; trips can be conducted within one academic year or spread over two consecutive years.
  • Fulbright-Hays Programs awards grants to individual U.S. K-14 pre-teachers, teachers and administrators, pre-doctoral students and postdoctoral faculty, as well as to U.S. institutions and organizations. Funding supports research and training efforts overseas, which focus on non-Western foreign languages and area studies.

Stay Connected: Visit https://cies.org/connect-fulbright to register for Fulbright webinars, join an Office Hour, and/or receive emails.

NOTEIf you work at CofC and want to apply for a Fulbright or other international award/opportunity, first talk to your department chair, dean, or supervisor to get permission for the absence from campus. 


The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in administering the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals. Information below is subject to change. Please reference the websites above for up-to-date application information. The traditional 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.

Fulbright Deadlines

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time is the application deadline currently posted on the Fulbright website for outgoing and incoming scholars. Rosters of opportunities are posted in February each year. It can take 18 months between application and date of assignment. (Subject to change. See https://cies.org/us-scholar-awards#timeline for official dates.)

Keep in Mind...

  • Lifetime limits on years/number of Fulbrights was lifted in 2014. There are no longer limits, however preference is given to applicants without previous Fulbright experience

  • CofC contacts: Deanna Caveny (cavenyd@cofc.edu) or Steve Litvin (litvins@cofc.edu

  • Eligibility for (outgoing) CofC faculty or administrators:

    • U.S. citizenship - permanent residence is not sufficient

    • PhD for 2 categories (Global Scholar, Distinguished Chair); for Postdoc, completed PhD within 5 yrs

    • Some projects require language proficiency

    • Candidates who have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application are ineligible

    • Preference given to applicants without previous Fulbright experience

    • Some awards allow family to go along; some countries require invitation letters

  • Incoming Visiting Scholars: for scholars coming to the College of Charleston, please reference CofC's information for International Scholars at https://international.cofc.edu/international-faculty/index.php 


College of Charleston Fulbright Awardees

View a list of all College of Charleston faculty awardees.

View the Fulbright Program's table of CofC Scholars including links to project details

College of Charleston Fulbrights in the News


Featured Faculty Fulbright Scholars

Encouraging Student Interest in Turtle Research in Myanmar


This fall Dave Owens, Emeritus Professor of Biology, began his fulbright assignment in Myanmar where he is teaching and conducting research as part of the Marine Sciences Department at Mawlamyine University.
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Examining Irish Society's Views on Reproduction


Associate Professor of History Cara Delay received a year-long Fulbright Scholar fellowship to begin researching and writing Desolate Journeys: Reproduction and Motherhood in Ireland.
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Knee-Deep in Berlin Culture, Politics


Professor of History Rich Bodek received a Fulbright fellowship and traveled to Berlin, Germany this summer to participate in the “Germany and Jewish Studies Today” seminar.
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Conducting Research and Developing Curriculum in the Himalayas


In Spring 2013, John Crotts, a Fulbright recipient and professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management continued his scholarship in India at H.N.B.Garhwal University.
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Scholarship in China Included Establishing Curriculum


Kay Smith, Associate Vice President for the Academic Experience, traveled throughout China as part of her Fulbright Scholarship in fall 2011 and spring 2012. She gave a total of 23 presentations in many different cities across Asia.
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