Interested in a bit of globetrotting while furthering your career at the same time? While many fellowship programs are located in a specific country, these fellowships in a variety of disciplines offer the unique opportunity to travel all over the world as you complete your research or fieldwork. There are opportunities focused on the Scandinavian countries, North America, the European Union, as well as programs that are self-designed. If one of these sounds like a good fit for you, make sure to bookmark to your ProFellow account!
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers year-long fellowships of up to $23,000 and short-term (1-3 months) fellowships of up to $5,000 to graduate students (preferably conducting dissertation research) and academic professionals interested in pursuing research or creative-arts projects in the Nordic region (Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sámpi, and Sweden). ASF’s award program for study and research abroad has been the Foundation’s most long-standing commitment to educational exchange. Awards are made in all fields.
The Millennium Fellowship is open to rising leaders and innovators around the world (age 35 and younger) committed to achieving transformational change in their communities, countries, and professional fields with a global impact. The fellowship is a two-year program. Throughout the fellowship and beyond, fellows will join a global network of outstanding peers, have unparalleled opportunities to meet with world leaders at flagship Atlantic Council events, go behind the headlines to discover issues at the cutting-edge of key global trends, and lead the debate on the issues that will shape the 21st century. Fellows commit to attending one global conference each year as well as one international study tour focused on a key global challenge. Fellows pay annual dues but all travel is fully funded.
The Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately eight awards of up to $10,500 each will be given each year.
The intent of this award is to enhance collaboration among a community of scholars working on issues of relevance to the special trilateral relationship among the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Projects across a broad range of disciplines are welcome. Proposals should reflect topics that would benefit from a trilateral perspective and clearly demonstrate a need to spend time in both Mexico and Canada. Grantees may teach, engage in collaborative research or combine both activities. Grants are from 4 months to an academic year, and time should be distributed equally between Canada and Mexico. A Ph.D. (or another terminal degree) is required.
The Fulbright Global Scholar Award allows U.S. academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects. As a truly worldwide award, U.S. scholars will be able to propose research or combined teaching/research activity in two to three countries with flexible schedule options; trips can be conducted within one academic year or spread over two consecutive years. Projects are welcome in all disciplines, as well as those with an interdisciplinary focus. The minimum length of the total grant is 3 months and the maximum is 6 months.
These summer programs provide short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. There are different seminars for elementary and middle school teachers, secondary teachers and postsecondary teachers. All seminars include RT airfare, room and board and other trip-related expenses. Teachers with little or no travel experience are encouraged to apply and enhance their curriculum through direct experience. Trips last 1 month and can be in non-western countries around the world.
The Fulbright/National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program that provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant social or environmental topic. In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.), Fellows will receive instruction in digital storytelling techniques and will be paired with one or more National Geographic editors. Applicants may submit proposals for grants to 1-3 foreign countries.
The Innovation Grants are designed to support work that can create better transatlantic understanding of issues at the heart of the U.S.-EU relationship, particularly at the intersection of policy and technology. The grants will give preference to proposals focused on EU or U.S.-EU approaches to the issues of data privacy and protection. Successful proposals should address the technological and policy aspects of data privacy and protection. Grants of 2K-3K Euro/month, plus travel allowances, are available for U.S. and EU students and scholars. Check the website for deadlines; some may vary by citizenship.
The Fulbright Schuman Program offers scholars and professionals in U.S.-EU relations grants of 2-4 months to give lectures in universities in Belgium and Italy. Strong applicants include current professors of EU studies or related academic fields, as well as professionals from EU-related think tanks. Proficiency in the language of the host institution is recommended but not required. Candidates may not reside in Europe at the time of application. A stipend of 3000 Euro/month and 2000 Euro travel relocation grant are provided. Grants are also available for professionals in international education administration from U.S. universities.
The Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers over 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards of 2-12 months 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 is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.
The H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship allows a recent graduate or emerging scholar of the built environment to study by travel for one year. The fellowship is not for the purpose of doing research for an advanced academic degree. Instead, Prof. Brooks intended the recipient to study by travel and contemplation while observing, reading, writing, or sketching. The fellowship recipient receives a $50,000 grant and may travel to any country or countries during the one-year period. The fellowship is open to a scholar who will have earned a PhD or advanced terminal degree related to architecture.
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) maintains research facilities in different marine and terrestrial locations on the Isthmus of Panama. STRI awards the Earl S. Tupper 3-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship on a yearly basis, allowing scientists to test their innovative hypothesis. Disciplines include ecology, anthropology, paleontology, paleoecology, evolutionary biology, molecular phylogenetics, biogeography, animal behavior, neurobiology, soils sciences, and physiology of tropical plants and animals. Research should be based at one of the STRI facilities; proposals that include comparative research in other tropical countries will be considered. The annual stipend is $40,000 with yearly travel and research allotments.
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