Fulbright Irish Awards 2022-2023 Launched

31st August 2021

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The 2022-2023 Fulbright Irish Awards were launched this week with an application deadline of Friday October 29th at 4pm.

These awards will provide opportunities for passionate Irish and EU scholars, students and professionals (with 5 years relevant experience) to undertake programmes and collaborate with experts at a U.S. institution or organisation of their choice, from August 2022-August 2023. 

Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Dublin, Alexandra McKnight said: “The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational and cultural exchange program, partnering with more than 160 countries worldwide. It continues to create lasting connections between the people of the United States and other nations—building mutual understanding and advancing knowledge across communities.

The Ireland-USA Fulbright relationship runs deep and is extremely important to us. Over the last 60 years, more than 2,000 students and scholars have participated in exchanges between Ireland and the United States, which has greatly strengthened the special bond between our two nations.”

The Fulbright Commission in Ireland  

The Fulbright Programme in Ireland was established in 1946. It annually awards grants for Irish citizens to study, research, or teach in the U.S. and for Americans to do the same here. Since it reached Ireland in 1957, over 2,500 postgraduate students, scholars, professionals, and teachers across all disciplines have participated in the program between the two countries. The Commission is supported by the U.S. Department of State and the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and many Irish and U.S. higher education institutions and organisations. It is also a registered charity.

Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland, Dr Dara FitzGerald: “In a world socially distancing, Fulbright continuously creates many thousands of deep personal connections.

Our programs cross all boundaries, support diversity, inclusion and equity, enrich Awardees’ education and life experiences, advance their careers and support them to make meaningful contributions in the U.S. and at home.

Upon returning to Ireland, they share their stories and join hundreds of thousands of international alumni serving as leaders across the globe. Fulbright programs are wholly supported by Irish and U.S. Governments. Additional support from Irish agencies and higher education institutions has allowed for significant increase in award funding and diversity.”

New Award Launched

This year sees the addition of Fulbright-Frederick and Anna Douglass Award, launched in cooperation with the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives Foundation.

The new award aims to honour the legacy of Frederick and Anna Douglass and mark the 175th anniversary of abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ historic visit to Ireland in 1845.

Fulbright Vision 

The vision of the Commission is to inspire minds to create a global culture of understanding and solidarity by nurturing academic and professional excellence, expertise and leadership.  Global Fulbright Alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, and include 60 Nobel Prize recipients, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 39 who have served as a head of state or government.  With an emphasis on cultural immersion and building long-term academic and professional connections, the Fulbright programme selects excellent candidates from all over Ireland to work with U.S. Institutions.

Chair of the Board of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland, Professor Diane Negra: “As Chair of the Fulbright Board and a Fulbright Alumna, I strongly encourage students, scholars and professionals to consider making an application for one of the 2022-2023 Fulbright Awards. The Fulbright Program is renowned for recognizing and facilitating research endeavours of the highest calibre.

Since its formation, it has also promoted and encouraged the kind of cross-cultural collaboration and understanding so vital to addressing global challenges, an endeavor whose importance is all the more clear to us in a period of crisis.

These awards provide unique opportunities to play a role in addressing our common interests and needs and to positively shape the future.”

Who is eligible?

The Awards are open to all disciplines and backgrounds. The Fulbright Commission in Ireland partners with local and international agencies to offer additional funding in the areas of Culture and Heritage, Health, Social Justice, Geoscience, Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Business & Innovation, Law, Cybersecurity and Irish language.

What you can expect to receive

Successful candidates receive a monetary stipend, travel costs, accident and emergency insurance, visa administration, cultural and professional programming, and introduction to a vast international professional and academic network.
The application deadline is 4pm, October 29th. To learn more about the Fulbright Awards visit www.fulbright.ie.