Canada-US Fulbright Program

The Canada-US Fulbright Program is a bi-national program of educational exchange, with a mandate to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the people of the United States of America. Available to graduate students, faculty, professionals and independent researchers, successful applicants conduct research, lecture, or enroll in formal academic programs in the United States. Fulbright Canada offers various scholarship awards within this program, with further information on the various award opportunities made available through the Canada-US Fulbright Program website.

The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program operates on the principle of reciprocal exchange and provides the opportunity for outstanding Canadian scholars to lecture and/or conduct research in the United States. Award recipients include prominent and promising scholars, as well as experienced professionals.

Applicants can apply to the following awards:

  • Traditional (All Disciplines) Award: US$12,500 for one semester (4 months). These awards are field open and can be taken up at any university, think tank, or government agency in the United States.
  • Visiting Research Chairs Program: US$25,000 for one semester (4 months). Visiting Research Chairs are targeted opportunities at select universities/institutions designed to host exceptional scholars and experienced professionals who conduct research in a specific area.
  • Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program: US$35,000 The Fulbright NEXUS Program brings together a network of junior scholars, professionals and mid-career applied researchers from Western Hemisphere nations for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright residential exchange experience. Up to fifteen Fulbright participants (1/3 from the U.S. and 2/3 from Canada and other countries of the Western Hemisphere) engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, and problem-solving with a focus on improving the quality of life for communities in the Western Hemisphere. Fulbright NEXUS participants conduct individual and team-based research projects designed to generate knowledge-based, policy-oriented solutions with immediate and practical implementation potential at the local, national, or regional levels.
  • Fulbright Arctic Initiative: US$40,000, for an 18-month period for a regional applied network of interdisciplinary collaborative research focused on the Arctic. The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will identify both established experts and early career specialists from the eight Arctic Council countries to carry out collaborative research to assess the impact of change in the Arctic from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow Program at SUNY Plattsburgh: US$3,500 plus international travel. This program is open to Canadian scholars who will take up residence at the Center for the Study of Canada at SUNY Plattsburgh for a period of two to six weeks. While in residence, the incumbent will teach a one credit course, deliver lectures on any topic related to the research featured in their Fulbright Canada Address, and work with colleagues at SUNY Plattsburgh.
  • Scholar-in-Residence Program: US$2,700/month plus international travel. The Worldwide Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program brings visiting scholars and professionals from abroad to lecture at U.S. colleges and universities for one semester or one academic year. Preference is given to institutions that infrequently or never have hosted Visiting Scholars and serve student populations underrepresented in international exchange programs, and/or to colleges and universities that are Minority Serving Institutions.

Excellence in scholarship, diversity, and community service are hallmarks of the Fulbright Program. Fulbright Canada strengthens binational collaborative research and promotes thoughtful public debate on topics that reflect the broad range of contemporary issues relevant to Canada, the United States, and the relationship between the two countries.

Fulbright Canada awards offer a unique opportunity to explore a wide range of scholarly issues, including important contemporary issues that are relevant to Canada, to the United States, and to the relationship between the two countries. While the competition is officially field-open, we are especially keen to support students in the humanities, in the areas of communications and culture, in Canadian - American relations, in all areas of contemporary public policy, on topics relating to culture and to the environment, law, indigenous issues, and in pure and applied sciences. Please note that there are special competitions in certain areas and that these may vary over time and under particular circumstances.


Application Procedures

Completed applications must be submitted directly to the Canada-US Fulbright Program. Please refer to the Fulbright Program website for full application procedures and deadlines.

Eligibility Summary

Eligible candidates from Canada must be Canadian citizens (permanent resident and/or landed immigrant status are not sufficient) at the time of the application, who have not had significant recent experience in the United States. Canadian applicants cannot be dual citizens or be enrolled at a US university. Applicants may not have held a previous Fulbright student award.