The IIE Centennial Fellowship offers a one-year funding opportunity to Fulbright alumni to pursue new or ongoing projects. The Fellowship highlights the values of mutual understanding, leadership, global problem solving, and impact that underlie Fulbright. Candidates may work or study in any field, with or without a current institutional affiliation. Projects that promote continued collaboration and institutional linkages established during applicants’ Fulbright grant periods are always encouraged. The winning Centennial Fellows may use their award to launch dynamic new projects or to continue or expand projects that are already operating.

For the 2022-23 call for proposals, four Fulbright alumni will be selected to receive awards of up to $25,000 to help fund ongoing or planned projects focused on the intersection of higher education and the refugee or displaced persons experience. In particular, this year's theme aims to fund innovative projects that actively work to increase access, ensure equity, provide pathways, and/or address needs related to higher education attainment for refugee and displaced populations.

A project could focus on a range of topics, in the refugees in higher education space, such as: college readiness, admission, sustainable funding models, college experience, meaningful partnerships, financial inclusion, and policy/advocacy.

To date, two endowments have been established by private donors, including members of IIE’s Board of Trustees, each with gifts totaling $2 million. One of the endowments is named in memory of Rodman C. Rockefeller, a former Trustee who was deeply committed to international education. IIE Centennial Fellowships provide an extraordinary opportunity to honor our association with the Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and to help enhance Fulbright as a life-long experience.