U.S. Scholar Programs

UC Davis faculty have been active participants in the Fulbright US Scholar Program over the years, visiting many countries from Mexico to Australia. There are a variety of programs available from the traditional Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program.

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Grants are available in over 125 countries worldwide.

Visit the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program page for details. 

Fulbright 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, Brazil and other Western Hemisphere nations for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience.

The Fulbright NEXUS Program will provide a platform for scholars from across the region to engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multi-disciplinary research in one of five areas:

  • Renewable Energy, including Micro-Grid Innovations;
  • Social and Behavioral Adaptation to Climate Change;
  • Measuring Climate Change and its Impact (Metrics and Standards);
  • Climate Change and Biodiversity;
  • Climate Change and Food and Water Security

Visit the Fulbright NEXUS Regional Scholar Program page for further information. 

Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards

The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program comprises approximately forty distinguished lecturing, distinguished research and distinguished lecturing/research awards ranging from three to 12 months. 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.

Visit the Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards page for details. 

Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas.  The program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative two- to six-week projects at eligible institutions in over 140 countries worldwide.  Shorter grant lengths give Specialists greater flexibility to pursue projects that work best with their current academic or professional commitments.  

Project requests are submitted by non-U.S. institutions and focus on strengthening and supporting institutions’ development needs.  Eligible activities include short-term lecturing, conducting seminars, teacher training, assessments and evaluations, special conferences or workshops, as well as collaborating on faculty development and curriculum or institutional planning.

Read more on the Fulbright Specialist Program page. 

Fulbright International Education Administrators Program (IEA)

The International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues. Grantees return with enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students.

Visit the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program page for further information. 

Fulbright-Fogarty Postdoctoral Awards

Fulbright-Fogarty U.S. scholar grants have been newly established to promote post-doctoral research in public health in resource-limited settings. Apply to participate in conducting current research at sites affiliated with the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

For 2015-2016, sites in eight countries - BangladeshBotswanaGhanaKenyaMalawiPeruSouth Africa and Zimbabwe - will host post-doctoral research scholars. Fulbright grants will fund nine months of research in each of these countries, except Peru, where Fulbright grants will fund four months and FIC will seek to arrange funding for the remaining five months. Scholars who received their Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree within the past five years are eligible to apply.

View the Fulbright-Fogarty Postdoctoral Awards page for details. 

Fulbright Community College Administrators Seminar in the Russian Federation

In 2009-2010 as the result of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission’s Working Group on Education, Culture, Sports and Media, a number of educational and cultural exchange programs were reviewed and reinvigorated. The Fulbright Community College Administrators Seminar (CCAS) is a unique outcome, capping years of work to expand the Scholar Program’s outreach to and impact on American community colleges and technical schools.

CCAS was launched in 2010 and brings senior American community college administrators to Russia for meetings and events with their Russian counterparts. The Fulbrighters learn about the Russian higher education system, including reforms that created a new system of special status, federal, and national research universities. They also examine changes in professional education as well as efforts to solve labor issues through collaboration between schools, colleges, professional training centers, universities, and employers.

For further information visit the Fulbright Community College Administrators Seminar in the Russian Federation page.