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Fulbright TechImpact Award

What Are They?

Fulbright TechImpact Scholar Awards are research grants for Irish citizens, or E.U. citizens resident in the Republic of Ireland for three or more years, to complete short-term, non-commercial projects and research in the U.S. for a period of two weeks to three months. They are designed to respond to the potential and pace of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

The Fulbright Commission is interested in supporting candidates across all disciplines who are exploring how technology contributes to a larger social value. Preference will be given to candidates who have received their PhD since 2012 in the areas of education, mobile technology and digital arts, humanities, and culture.

See the TechImpact Award Flyer here.

Fulbright TechImpact Scholar Awards comprise:

  • A monetary award to support travel, living, and related expenses
  • Accident and emergency insurance
  • Cultural / orientation programming
  • 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.

Watch our webinar on 2017-2018 Fulbright Irish Awards.

How To Apply?

Fulbright TechImpact Scholar applicants must:

  • possess a PhD or 3-5 more years relevant professional experience. Preference will be given to early career researchers with PhD conferred since 2012 or a professional with 3-5 years experience in relevant fields
  • 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 / professional and personal excellence, that a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar Award will be a pivotal point in their research / career trajectory, a strong rationale for going to the United States, a robust program of research, 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 research
– Home Institution
– Where you intend to research
– How long you intend to be in the US. The allowable period is 2 weeks up to 3 months between July 2017–August 2018. The possibility of repeat visits that do not aggregate to more than three months may be considered provided there is strong justification and program of work for return visits.

We will then issue you the link to the online application system (known as Embark) and the Irish instructions for application.


The Application Period for 2017-2018 Irish Awards is now closed. The 2018-2019 Irish Awards Application period will open in August 2017.

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.