U.S. Fulbright Core Scholar Awards Guidelines

To: 
Deans, Directors, and Departmental Executive Officers
From: 
Kevin C. Kregel, Associate Provost for Faculty and Downing A. Thomas, Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs
Date: 
May 7, 2018
Subject: 
U.S. Fulbright Core Scholar Awards Guidelines

The Fulbright Core Scholar Program is a collection of country and regional programs with an array of lecturing and/or research opportunities abroad. About 800 lecturer/research awards in over 140 countries are available. The awards are distributed by region and country, and vary in amount of financial support and length of stay; and some have specific requirements.  The deadline for award applications is August 1, 2018.  Complete information on the Fulbright Core Scholar Awards are available here: http://www.cies.org/program/core-fulbright-us-scholar-program.

The University of Iowa views the Fulbright Core Scholar Award as an exceptional opportunity for international collaboration, continuing faculty professional development, and a significant honor for those selected. Fulbright awards rank among the most prestigious awards recognized by the AAU. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to consider participation in the program.

Within the collegiate framework for faculty salaries, UI colleges will maintain the faculty member’s compensation level during the Fulbright Core Scholar award period through a combination of UI (reduced) salary and the Fulbright stipend. In other words, regardless of the specific teaching/research obligations of the award, the faculty member will not be penalized for accepting the Fulbright award, and instead will be “made whole” for the period of the award, within the particular salary structure of the awardee’s college. The instruction normally provided by the Fulbright Scholar will need to be met in her/his absence. Most often this will be accomplished through temporary reallocation of departmental/college resources to meet instructional need.

Because of the variation in duration and financial support, applicants should work closely with their department chair and dean’s office to develop a plan that fits the particular situation.  While eligibility for these awards is not limited to tenured and tenure-track faculty, faculty holding clinical, research, fixed-term, and lecturer appointments will need to work with their department, college, and with the Office of the Provost in considering these awards.  For additional information regarding these guidelines, contact: Associate Provost Kevin Kregel (kevin-kregel@uiowa.edu).  For assistance in preparing applications, applicants are encouraged to work with Karen Wachsmuth (Karen-wachsmuth@uiowa.edu) in International Programs, or with their departmental/collegiate grants administrator, and to contact the appropriate Fulbright program officers for more information about specific programs: http://www.cies.org/us-scholar-programs.

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