Fulbright Scholar Program

About the Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers over 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants.

Faculty Workshops and Information Sessions

  • October 30, 2017, 2:30 pm: Faculty Workshop on the Fulbright Scholar Program.
  • January (TBD): Workshop about the program and how to apply
  • March/April (TBD): Fulbright representatives to campus

Planning to Apply for Fulbright

  1. Plan 1-2 years in advance of intended departure
  2. Talk with your department chair, dean, past Appalachian State Fulbrighters, and one of the App State Fulbright liaisons.
  3. Explore by attending Fulbright information workshops/sessions (held once a semester) at Appalachian State.
  4. Enlist coaching from Office of Research to support your application.
  5. Work with the Office of Research and your chair to calculate an agreed upon budget.
  6. Apply by the relevant deadline. Refer to Timeline for more information.


Fulbright Liaisons


Dr. Maria Anastasiou: anastasioum@appstate.edu, Executive Director, Office of International Education and Development

Dr. Jeanne Dubino: dubinoja@appstate.edu, Professor, Department of Cultural, Gender, and Global Studies

Dr. Nina-Jo Moore: moorenj@appstate.edu, Professor and Assistant Chair, Department of Communication

Application Timeline and Deadlines

  • February 1: Fulbright Applications open (Fulbright website)
  • April 30: Internal Application deadline to Office of Research for peer review (highly recommended but optional support service to faculty)
  • July 15: Deadline to fill out and upload your application into the AGrants internal routing system, via the Office of Research
  • August 1: Application deadline to Fulbright

Media Coverage

Two Appalachian faculty members named Fulbright Scholars, University News, 6/13/17

Appalachian’s 2017 Fulbright awards, Appalachian Magazine, 6/5/17

Appalachian named a top producer of Fulbright scholars, University News, 2/23/16

US expert talks on instructional technologies- John Tashner's Fulbright, The News, 1/24/15

Campus Support Resources

Fulbright Awards are awarded directly to the person, not to the institution. However, it is essential that faculty applying for Fulbrights inform the Office of Research (grs@appstate.edu) of their plans to apply. Faculty should submit their application through Appalachian’s internal routing and grant processing system, AGrants, to ensure that they continue to receive their salary and benefits and understand how their salary and benefits will be affected while they are off campus.

With proper planning, communication, and enough lead time, department chairs may be able to secure backfill money to cover your teaching and service responsibilities when you are away. Contact the Fulbright liaisons or Dr. Maria Anastasiou (anastasioum@appstate.edu) in the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) if you have further questions.

The Office of Research offers Research Development Travel Grants (up to $1000, reimbursable) in order to improve the competitiveness of research proposals by facilitating interactions with prospective sponsors. If you need to travel to make the necessary connections for submitting a winning application, you may be eligible for a Research Development Travel Grant. Apply here.

Academic Departments and Colleges reap great benefits from having a Fulbrighter among the faculty and this is supported by convincing research on the topic. The rewards are many and ripple into the future after a Fulbrighter returns home and integrates his/her new experiences into curriculum, courses, research projects, study abroad programs, and more.

Types of Fulbright Awards

Core Fulbright Scholars Program

  • Core Fulbright grant awards are typically for lecturing and research on a topic of expertise. Some are for research only 

  • Length: 4-9 months

  • Application deadline: August 1

Fulbright Specialist Program

  • This program provides short-term academic opportunities to collaborate with host institutions.

  • Length: 2-6 weeks

  • Application deadline: ongoing

Fulbright International Education Administrators Program

  • Reap the benefits of comparative education by visiting another country to learn about its system of higher education.

  • Length: 2 weeks

  • Application deadlines:

    • India - October 1

    • Japan and South Korea - November 1

    • United Kingdom, France and Germany - February 1

Inviting Fulbright Scholars to Appalachian State University

Encouraging and supporting visiting Fulbright Scholars from other countries to give guest lectures is a way to enhance the overall academic climate at Appalachian State. Visiting lecturers can internationalize faculty and student perspectives, classrooms and departments in short two- to three-day visits.

The Outreach Lecturing Fund enables Fulbright Scholars from other countries to come to Appalachian State to:

  • Share their specific research interests;

  • Speak on the history and culture of their countries;

  • Exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty and community organizations;

  • Become better acquainted with U.S. higher education; and

  • Create linkages between their home and host institutions.

Members of the Appalachian State academic community reach out to Visiting Lecturers who, in turn, apply for a travel award to the Fulbright Program to visit our campus. Appalachian State provides local transportation, lodging, and meals. Visit the Occasional Lecturer Fund website for more details on how the program works and for a detailed list of current Visiting Fulbright Lecturers in the United States. Contact Dr. Maria Anastasiou in OIED for assistance and advice.

The Fulbright Scholar in Residence (S-I-R) Program assists U.S. higher education institutions in expanding programs of academic exchange, by supporting non-U.S. scholars through grants for teaching at institutions that might not have a strong international component and/or serve minority audiences.