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Fulbright Irish Scholar Awards

What Are They?

The Fulbright Irish Scholar Awards are grants for Irish citizens or E.U. citizens resident in the Republic of Ireland for three or more years to complete postdoctoral or professional research or lecturing for a period of 3 months up to 1 year. Applicants can chose one of the following three categories of Fulbright Scholar Award:

  1. Lecturing: If the primary purpose of the project is to teach or team-teach at least one full semester course. Applicants will be required to submit course syllabi
  2. Research: If the primary purpose of the project is to conduct research. Applicants will be required to submit a research bibliography
  3. Lecturing/Research: If the project will include significant portions of both lecturing and research as defined above. Candidates will be required to outline both activities in their project statement, as well as submit course syllabi and a research bibliography

Awards comprise:

  • a monetary grant that is based on the location and duration of the award
  • accident and emergency insurance
  • cultural and professional programming. All successful applicants will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation in Dublin
  • a requirement to submit reports
  • and J-1 visa administration. Awardees MUST comply with THE TWO-YEAR HOME-COUNTRY RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT associated with the J-1 visa. Awardees will not be eligible for a U.S. residency or work visa until they have fulfilled the J-1 visa two-year home residency requirement.

Please see the FAQs for more information.

What Awards are Available?

Fulbright General Scholar Awards open to all disciplines except clinical medical studies
And Fulbright Sponsored Scholar Awards:
Fulbright-CRH Award in Business Studies or Engineering
Fulbright-Enterprise Ireland Award in Innovation, including new technologies that will lead to job creation and increased exports
Fulbright-Environmental Protection Agency Award in the areas of water, climate change, and sustainable environment. Proposals are particularly welcomed that will create linkages to government bodies or private companies that are working on environmental protection issues and will reach beyond academia
Fulbright-Marine Institute Award in the area of Marine Science or Business. Applications in the Marine Sensor Technologies and Observation Systems, Maritime Economics, Ocean Energy, Marine Biotechnology, Oceanography and Marine Modeling, Food Safety, and Ecosystem-based Management are particularly encouraged.
Fulbright-Teagasc Award in the areas of Agriculture, Forestry, or Food
Fulbright Award supported by the Geological Survey of Ireland in Geoscience
How To Apply?

Fulbright Scholar applicants must:

  • possess a PhD or five or more years relevant professional experience
  • be an Irish citizen, or E.U. citizen living in the Republic of Ireland for the past three years
  • not be a dual U.S.-Irish citizen, green card holder, or currently living in the U.S.
  • not already have extensive experience of studying or living in the U.S.

In addition, applicants must demonstrate academic and personal excellence, a strong rationale for going to the United States, a robust program of research and or lecturing, strong leadership skills or potential, and an understanding and commitment to the ethos of being a Fulbrighter.

If you meet the above criteria, please email to indicate your interest in applying as soon as the application period opens.

In your email please state:

  • Your full name as it appears on your passport
  • Area of study or research / lecturing and where relevant, the discipline specific award you are interested in
  • Home institution
  • Where you intend to study or research
  • How long you intend to be in the US. The allowable period for scholars is 3 months up to 1 year. Please see TechImpact Awards if you have a technology related project and are interested in a 2 week to 3 month period of research.

We will then issue you the link to the online application system (known as Embark) and the guidelines. Please note that you will not receive these before 31st August 2015.

What is the Deadline?

The Application Period for 2017-2018 Awards will open on 31st August 2016 with a deadline of 28th October 2016.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications earlier than the deadline so they can be checked for completeness and any issues rectified before the deadline.

If all required materials are not in by the deadline your application will be disqualified.

Find out when the Fulbright Team will be visiting your institution here.