Last week I visited the Kansas City Artists Coalition for a workshop about the Fulbright Program conducted by Fulbright recipient, panelist, and artist Roberley Bell. The Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international study, advanced research, and teaching in schools worldwide. It’s different from traveling for a residency because the intent is to totally immerse you in the country’s culture and everyday life over a 5-9 month period rather than isolate to a studio. Roberley called it the ‘privilege of time’ in another country. She has written 4 proposals total: 2 were rejected, 2 awarded, and one she accepted to travel to Turkey to teach and study urban planning in Turkey.
Those that qualify for the student program are either currently enrolled in school, recently out of school, or if have not completed your terminal degree. The process is very lengthy. Your application must go through 3 rounds of panelists successfully to be awarded. Other things to consider is you must be in good health and have a work visa ready before you leave.
Additional tips from Roberley on how to apply can be found on her Fullbright worksheet
Applications are accepted annually. Visit the Fulbright Scholars Program site for more details.