What to know about Fulbright Awards

Most people take between one and four years to gear up to apply for a Fulbright, so it pays to begin planning early! Fulbright offers Core Scholar experiences of 3 to 12 months in many sectors of the world. It used to be that one could have no more than two Fulbrights in a lifetime, but this rule no longer applies. There is no limit to the number of Fulbrights you can hold. Please consult the Powerpoint and videos below and then contact Melissa Flynn Hager to talk further. Many St. Olaf faculty have won Fulbrights and would be willing to tell you about the impact of their experiences. The key to Fulbright is to start dreaming and planning early, as it can take some time to decide where you want to go and engage a host institution.

Fulbright also offers a host of other opportunities, including the shorter-term (2-6 week) Fulbright Specialist Program, the International Education Administrators (IEA) Seminars and the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program. Please consult GFCR staff for more information.


Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop powerpoint

Fulbright Scholars videos

Four Types of Fulbright Awards
  • Lecturing
  • Research
  • Lecturing/research
  • Seminars

You have a much better chance of getting a Fulbright if you are willing to lecture or do a combination of lecture/research. The pure research opportunities are more competitive. Also, generally, the lecturing awards will offer more benefits.

English language skills are sufficient for most lecturing awards. Some of the Latin American countries require Spanish.If you identify a country or a specific opportunity of interest, it’s a good idea to contact the program officer and ask what the balance would be between lecturing and research. In some cases, you don’t have to lecture that much.


of the opportunities are lecturing or lecturing/research


 are for research alone


 are seminars

Notes from 2009 Fulbright Seminar at Macalester College (information and advice is still current)
Drafted by Melissa Flynn Hager

There is a Powerpoint of the Fulbright workshop we attended at Macalester on the Fulbright web site. Go to the web site, and then click on “campus reps” on the left side. You will see a big orange square: “Fulbright Workshop ppt.” There are some flyers, etc. there for download, too.