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Fulbright Scholar Program

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 for faculty and professionals.

Fulbright Scholar

James Rae is a Professor of Government at California State University, Sacramento. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach American Politics and American Foreign Policy at Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beiwai) in Beijing, China for the 2017/18 academic year. This is his second Fulbright award, from 2011-13 he was a Visiting Scholar at China Foreign Affairs University.

Fulbright Opportunities

  • Core: 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. Deadline: August 1
  • Specialist: This program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative 2 to 6-week projects at host institutions in over 100 countries worldwide. Deadline: Rolling
  • International Education Administrators: 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. Deadline: varies by location
  • Distinguished Scholars Program: The Fulbright Distinguished Scholars 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. Deadline: August 1

Other Opportunities

In addition to the four awards listed above, there may be other awards and seminars being offered. Please check CIES Fulbright Scholar Program homepage 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.

Fulbright Accreditation

Fulbright HSI Leader

Sacramento State is proud to be named a Fulbright HSI Leader by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). This designation recognizes the noteworthy engagement that selected Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) have achieved with the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.