Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship: What you should know

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work on issues related to their sector and contribute to public policy-related projects that benefit the host country.

By U2B Staff 

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Are you an early and mid-career professional in the US who would like to serve in placements in a foreign government ministry or institution around the world? If you answered yes, you might want to apply for the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship.

The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship aims to build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while cultivating public policy experience in their area of expertise. 


The programme also includes an independent research component that focuses on an issue related to the Fellow’s in-country work.

Fellows will have an opportunity to build their knowledge and skills, provide support to partner country institutions, and promote long-term ties between the US and the partner country, notes Fulbright on its website.

Participating countries include Peru, Myanmar, Côte d’Ivoire and Ukraine.

What does the Fulbright fellowship entail?

Fulbright notes that fellows will work with ministry officials as “technical specialists”, immersing themselves in ongoing assignments and new initiatives, at the direction and under the supervision of host government officials. 

They will have the opportunity to work on issues related to their sector and contribute to public policy-related projects that benefit the host country. 

During the fellowship, individuals will be hosted by a ministry or institution and spend approximately 80% of their time carrying out ministry-directed projects. Approximately 20% of their time will be dedicated to their independent research project. 

“The research project is expected to be an independent project proposed during the application phase, but should be focused on a field or sector related to the ministry placement and be adaptable to the work done in the ministry,” notes Fulbright.

Am I eligible for the Fulbright programme?

Applicants of the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship must hold US citizenship at the time of application. Permanent residence is not sufficient. Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.

Applicants who have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the application deadline are not eligible. A period of nine months or more during a calendar year constitutes an entire year.

If you have received a Fulbright Scholar award previously, you are eligible to apply for another award two years after the date of completion of the previous award.

“Recipients of a Fulbright Specialist Program grant are not required to adhere to the two-year waiting period before applying for a Fulbright Scholar award. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Scholar award,” notes Fulbright. 

“This does not include recipients of a Fulbright US Scholar Program grant who started their grant during the 2019-20 academic year, and were not able to complete their grants due to COVID-19.”

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Application components

The application components may vary depending on the type of activity you apply for. 

Among the application components for the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship include submitting a:

  • Project statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Letters of recommendation

Deadline for application: Sept. 15, 2021