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.

The IIE Centennial Fellowship is an annual fellowship program that was launched in 2019 in honor of IIE’s Centennial and our association with the Fulbright Program. The IIE Centennial Fellowship seeks to help enhance Fulbright as a life-long experience and recognize Fulbright alumni whose work embodies the underlining Fulbright values of mutual understanding, leadership, global problem solving, and global impact.

For the 2021-2022 call for proposals, four Fulbright alumni will be selected to receive fellowship awards of up to $25,000 to help fund ongoing or planned projects that focus on increasing access, equity, and empowerment for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and other marginalized communities at the local, national or global level. The proposed project must actively solve a problem related to systemic racism and/or social justice. A project could focus on a range of topics that impact BIPOC or other marginalized communities, such as: environmental or healthcare issues, employment or criminal justice, educational inequalities at all levels, public safety in emergency response, and voting rights and democracy for all.

IIE Centennial Fellowships will fund projects for up to 1 year. Candidates may work or study in any field and do not need to have an institutional affiliation.

In this cycle, IIE has an additional award opportunity available - the New Leaders Award. The eligibilty criteria and theme for this award and project are the same as the IIE Centennial Fellowships, however the applicant must have completed their Fulbright program within the last five years and the award amount is $15,000. Applicants can apply for either award or both (if they meet eligibility criteria) within this single application.

The Fulbright Program, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2021, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).