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Fulbright at UArizona

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Fulbright is the flagship program for international educational exchange for the U.S. government, promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries in the world”. The University of Arizona is consistently designated a Top Producer of both Fulbright Scholars and Students.


Multiple offices across campus regularly provide workshops on the Fulbright experience and provide application support for students, faculty and staff, and recent alumni. International Student Services and International Faculty and Scholars’ Offices in Arizona International support international Fulbright Students and Scholars who come to the University of Arizona to study or conduct research. More information is below for the Fulbright opportunity that may be a good fit for you! Read about the history of Fulbright here.      



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UArizona Named 2022 Fulbright Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Leader!

UArizona Fulbright Week Events (March 27-31, 2023)

Your Fulbright

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers awards to teach, conduct research or do a combination of both in more than 125 countries. These awards are open to university faculty and research scholars at all stages of one’s academic career (post-doc, early career, etc.). The Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminars are shorter in duration (2-3 weeks) and are open to university staff and administrators to learn more about the higher education system in selected countries. The Fulbright Specialist program is available for faculty, research scholars, and university staff to conduct short-term projects abroad (typically 4-6 weeks in duration). And, last but not least, the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad provides grants to support overseas group projects for teachers, students and faculty in modern foreign languages and areas studies training, research, and curriculum development. If interested in learning more about these opportunities, please email Emily Kotay, Fulbright Scholar Liaison in Research Development Services in RII.

Do you desire to teach English abroad or study/conduct a research project abroad after graduation? Graduating seniors and recent alumni are eligible to apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is the largest U.S. exchange program. For more information, email Dr. Karna Walter or visit the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships (ONCS) Honors College website.

Graduate Students

All graduate students, including doctoral students, are eligible to apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to conduct research or teach English abroad. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is the largest U.S. exchange program. For more information, email Dr. Karna Walter or visit the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships (ONCS) website.

Doctoral Students Only

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award (DDRA) is for doctoral candidates to conduct dissertation research abroad. A student’s research must take place outside Western Europe, the U.S. and its territories. For more information, contact Shelley Hawthorne Smith or visit the Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement in the Graduate College.

Fulbright Alumni continue to fulfill the Fulbright goal through service. There is an Arizona Fulbright Alumni Association chapter. We encourage Fulbright Alumni to connect with us to support our applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student program. Fulbright Alumni sit on interview panels and are paired with applicants as mentors. If you’d like to support applicants, please email Dr. Karna Walter.




Fulbright Student Alumnus to Mexico, Edward Polanco, 2018

Fulbright Student Alumnus to Mexico, Edward Polanco, 2018


Visit the Fulbright Scholar Directory to search for University of Arizona U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program alumni. 


Visit the Fulbright Student Grantee Directory to search for University of Arizona U.S. Fulbright Student Program alumni.  


Catch up on current UArizona Fulbright news.

Fulbright Profiles

Doctoral Student Sarah Renkert

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Renkert, a Ph.D. student in the School of Anthropology, has been named a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellow. This program provides grants to individual doctoral students to help fund research they conduct abroad. With the over $40,000 in funding she has received, her research in Lima, Peru’s low-income neighborhoods has been well supported.

She focuses her research on the comedores populares, communal kitchens that act as one of Lima’s primary forms of food aid. These kitchens consist of groups of mothers that organize and cook food to sell at reasonable prices to their neighbors. Renkert is looking into the impact of and reasoning for some of them closing down.

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Mercury Fox Receives Fulbright Specialist Award

The U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Mercury Fox of the University of Arizona has received a Fulbright Specialist Program award. Dr. Fox will complete a project at the Parliament of Uganda in Uganda that aims to exchange knowledge and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions, and communities both in the U.S. and overseas through a variety of educational and training activities within the field of law. 

Dr. Fox is one of more than 400 U.S. citizens who share expertise with host institutions abroad through the Fulbright Specialist Program each year. Recipients of Fulbright Specialist awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, demonstrated leadership in their field, and their potential to foster long-term cooperation between institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Scholar Robert Fleischman

PROFILE: Scholar Robert Fleischman smiling

Fleischman is a civil engineering professor here at the UA who has been named a Fulbright U.S. Scholar. This program is the flagship of international education exchange programs that is designed to build lasting connections between scholars in the U.S. and others around the world.

As a fellow, Fleischman will spend six months in Italy teaching and conducting research in earthquake engineering at the University of Salento. There he will teach students how to successfully build earthquake resistant buildings and improve pre-existing ones. He will also apply his research involving precast concrete to investigating prefabrication methods for the construction of new earthquake-resistant buildings in southern Italy.

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