Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship


The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship is a component of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Fulbright Public Policy Fellows are early- to mid-career professionals who serve in professional placements as special assistants in foreign government ministries or institutions to work public policy challenges in areas of joint U.S.-host government interest. They provide their expertise while gaining hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project.

This Fulbright opportunity focused on public policy was launched as a special program within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program in 2012 to increase collaboration and strengthen public institutions in host countries. The program was transitioned to the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program in 2018 in anticipation of placements beginning in 2019. As part of the Scholar program, Fulbright Public Policy Fellows have an elevated level of career experience and expertise as well as a more flexible grant period (between 4-9 months) to accommodate the professional schedules of early- to mid-career professionals. U.S. Embassies, Fulbright Commissions (where applicable), and host-country governments coordinate appropriate professional placements for candidates in public policy areas fields including, but not limited to agriculture, civil rights, economic development, education, energy, environment, information technology, justice, law, post-conflict reconciliation, public health, public finance, transportation, and women’s issues advancement.

In its inaugural cycle as part of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, four partner governments have been identified to pilot this award: Burma, Côte d’Ivoire, Peru, and Ukraine.

Program Length

4-9 months

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

For more information and to apply: https://www.cies.org/program/fulbright-public-policy-fellowship

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