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

Applicants can apply to the following awards:

  • Postdoctoral Research Awards: US$30,000 for one academic year (9 months), or US$50,000 for 12 month programs.
  • Distinguished Chairs Program : US$35,000 for one semester (4 months). The Distinguished Visiting Research Chairs are targeted opportunities at select universities in Alberta designed to host exceptional scholars and experienced professionals who conduct research in a specific area.
  • 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.
  • 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 Canada.
  • Fulbright-Carlos Rico Award for North American Studies: US$12,500 for one semester in Canada plus US$2,300 per month in Mexico
  • Specialists Program: Short-term collaboration on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities at Canadian institutions.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Fulbright scholars discuss environmental and health issues at Orientation

Excellence in scholarship, diversity, and community service are hallmarks of the Fulbright Program. The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program 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.

Canada-U.S. Fulbright 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. 

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