Program Overview


The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers approximately 470 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 offers flexible awards including multi-country opportunities.

Overview Presentation

For full details and to apply, visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website.

Scholar Awards

Scholar Awards comprise the bulk of awards offered and include opportunities for professionals, artists, and scholars at all career levels. Subcategories of this award type include: 

Distinguished Scholar Awards

Distinguished Scholar awards are viewed as the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Awards are open to scholars who have more than seven years of experience in their discipline or area of expertise, though some awards may further restrict eligibility. 

Postdoctoral Awards

Postdoctoral Awards provide recently graduated scholars an opportunity to conduct research and receive professional training abroad. Awards may involve limited teaching. Postdoctoral Awards are open to scholars who will have received a doctoral degree (Ph.D., J.D., M.D., Ed.D., etc.) within five to seven years of the fellowship start date, as noted in the award description. 

Application Timeline

May vary by program. For the Scholar Award:

  • February - application cycle opens.  
  • September - applications due
  • December - applicants notified if they have been advanced to host countries
  • January to June - awards are announced 


OSU Fulbright Scholar Campus Liaison

Julianna Betjemann

Global Affairs Associate, Office of Academic Affairs



2023-24  Awardees

Brent steel

Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Healthy Planet and People, University of Victoria, CANADA

Dr. Steel's project will examine the presence of plans, policies, or programs in rural local governments in the “Cascadia” region of Canada and the U.S. (British Columbia, Oregon and Washington) that promote institutional, social, ecological and economic sustainability.


Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, State University of Londrina, BRAZIL

Dr. Sidlauskas' project aims to solve evolutionary and taxonomic conundrums among Neotropical headstanding fishes (family Anostomidae) by fostering collaboration between researchers in the United States and Brazil that specialize on that enigmatic and diverse group. 

2022-23  Awardees

Melissa Santala

Engineering, Materials Science, Israel Institute of Technology, ISRAEL

Her work will help establish a collaboration with researchers in Haifa to better understand fundamental physical processes that affect the efficiency and environmental impact of platinum-containing heterogeneous catalysts which facilitate chemical reactions.

randy l. bell

College of Education, Vietnam National University, Hà Nội, VIETNAM

His work includes science teacher education and professional development for college and K-12 faculty. He will also develop infrastructure for a teaching internship program that will place OSU students in K-12 schools in Vietnam as native English speakers and provide pedagogical support for Vietnam's recent education reforms.

John Dilles                      

Geology, Curtin University, AUSTRALIA

His project uses advanced geochemical techniques to study how copper, sulphur, and other metal resources cnecessary for the global transition to carbon-neutral economies form in the earth.

Gregory Rorrer               

Biochemical Engineering, University of Applied Sciences of Burgenland, AUSTRIA

His project researches emerging sustainable energy systems that use new processes to convert biomass and wastes to fuels and energy.

Bogdan Strimbu            

Forest Engineering, University Of Bucharest, ROMANIA

His project uses terrestrial LiDAR technology and machine learning to develop accurate models for the growth and yield of the main tree species from the Romanian Carpathian Mountains.

Kelly Biedenweg            

Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences, Austral University of Chile, CHILE

Dr. Biedenweg is developing a manual and training program to integrate human well-being objectives in marine-protected area management plans in Chile’s Patagonia.

Stephen Good                

Biological and Ecological Engineering, University of Concepcion, CHILE

He is collaborating across multiple universities and institutes to study approaches to water resource research and education in dry-summer Mediterranean ecoregions in central Chile.

J​​​​​​erri Bartholomew      

Microbiology, Instituto de Acuicultura, Torre de la Sal, SPAIN

She is using pathological and molecular methods to understand how myxozoan parasites cause intestinal disease in fish hosts.

Robert Hughes               

Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Science, Federal University of Para, BRAZIL

His work examines ways to determine the health of Amazonian rivers and assess how human and natural limiting factors affect it.

Past Recipients

Year Name Department Country of Research
2021-2022 Ray Malewitz English Poland
2019-2020 Kevin Ahern Physiology Malta
  Marit Bovbjerg Public Health Ireland
  Julie Elston Economics (Cascades) Austria
  Joan Gross Anthropology Belgium
  Karl Haapala Engineering Finland
  Elise Lockwood Mathematics Norway
  Hannah Rempel Library Science Czech Republic
  Brian Sidlauskas Zoology Brazil





Country of Research
2018-2019 Michael Boock Library Science  Bulgaria
  Stephen Machado Agriculture Zambia & Zimbabwe
  Christopher Still Biology Austria
2017-2018 John Garland Forestry Chile
Dan Sullivan 
Michael Guzy
Environmental Sciences
Michael Lerner
Gary Hartshorn
David Luft
Heidi Jo Albers
Danny Damron
International Education Administration
South Korea
Dawn Moyer
International Education Administration
United Kingdom
Lillian Reed
International Education Administration
Holly Campbell
Julie Elston
Business (Cascades)
Joan Gross
David Hannaway
Crop & Soil Science
David McMurray
Sujaya Rao
Crop & Soil Science 
Richard Sapon-White
Library Sciences
David Turner
Forest Ecosystems & Society 
Kenneth Winograd
Nabil Boudraa
Foreign Languages & Literature
Martin Fisk
Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Loren Kellogg
Forest Engineering
Bryan Tilt
Desiree Tullos
Biological & Ecological Engineering
Robert Hughes
Environmental Sciences
Kara Ritzheimer
Seminar Program
Year Name Department Country of Research
2009-2010 Tomasz Giebultowicz Physics & Astronomy Poland
  Malgorzata Peszynska Mathematics Poland
2008-2009 Sally Duncan Environmental Sciences India
  Thomas Shellhammer Agriculture Germany
  JunJie Wu Economics (Cascades) China
  Julie Elston Seminar Program (Cascades) Germany
2007-2008 Charles Dibrell Business Administration Poland
  William Hohenboken Agriculture Hungary
  William Jaeger Economics Italy
  Nancy King Law Belgium
  Mario Magana Engineering Argentina
2006-2007 Maureen Heeley History (non-U.S.) Germany
2005-2006 Bess Beatty American History Croatia
  Philip Brownell Biological Sciences Germany
  Robert Finnan  TEFL/Applied Linguistics Cyprus
  Barbara Gartner Agriculture Chile
2004-2005 Craig A. Morrie Medical Sciences Japan
  Pui Shing Ho Biological Sciences France
  James Kennedy Chemistry France
  Gregory Perry Agriculture Chile
  Nancy Rosenberger Anthropology Uzbekistan
  Richard Sapon-White Library Sciences Czech Republic
2003-2004 Peter Brian Bayley Environmental Sciences Mexico
  Dennis J. Garity Mathematics Slovenia
  Jay Noller Agriculture Cyprus
2002-2003 None Indicated    
2001-2002 Adela Baer Biological Sciences  Malaysia
  Richard Dick Agriculture Senegal
  Rasaratnam Logendran Engineering Malaysia
  Laura Rice Language and Literature (non-U.S.) Tunisia
  Timothy Righetti Agriculture Thailand