Fulbright Opportunities for Faculty and Staff

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers opportunities for scholars in all disciplines to advance their research and teaching interests, promote mutual understanding, and collaborate with scholars abroad. There are over 450 awards in more than 125 countries, and many are open to all disciplines. The complete list of opportunities can be found in the Catalog of Awards. Opportunities range from two to 12 months in length and include flexible options for multiple shorter visits to many host countries. Additionally, some awards provide dependent support for scholars wishing to bring family members. U.S. citizenship is required.

The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. citizen faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for a period of two to six weeks.

The Fulbright-Hays Program, a Fulbright Program funded by a Congressional appropriation to the United States Department of Education, 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, with a focus on non-Western foreign languages and area studies. The current Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad program application opened on February 23, 2024 and the KU campus deadline is April 16, 2024. More information is available on the U.S. Department of Education website. Please contact Rachel Sherman Johnson, KU's Fulbright-Hays Project Director, if you plan to apply. 

The Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) awards are seminars designed to help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with their counterparts and higher education systems of other countries. KU staff members whose work would be enhanced by an international networking experience, as well as faculty members with administrative leadership roles, are encouraged to apply.

Fulbright Information Session

On March 5, 2021, KU International Affairs hosted an information panel with KU staff and faculty Fulbright program alumni. The panelists discussed their experiences on the Fulbright Scholar, Specialist, and International Education Administrators programs, and shared information on how to apply for KU's Supplemental Salary Fund. Panelists included:

  • Kathy Porsch, Research Development Officer, Humanities Research & Grant Development Office, Hall Center 
  • Lance Rake, Professor, Industrial Design
  • Brian Rosenblum, Digital Initiatives Librarian and Co-Director, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities
  • John Rury, Professor Emeritus, School of Education
  • Rachel Sherman Johnson, Director, Internationalization & Partnerships, International Affairs
  • Wendy Shoemaker, Program Director, University Career Center
  • Ketty Wong, Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology


For assistance with applications and to learn more, contact Dr. Rachel Sherman Johnson, Fulbright Scholar Liaison.