What Fulbright programs are eligible for the IIE Centennial Fellowship?

It does not matter when you completed your Fulbright experience, many programs are eligible. Please fill out page two of the application to check your Fulbright program's eligibility. If you are not eligible, you will not need to complete an application.


If I apply for the New Leaders Award, can I also apply for the Centennial Fellowship? And could I be awarded both?

You can apply for both the New Leaders Award and Centennial Fellowship in the same application. If you are eligible for the New Leaders Award, it will appear as an option on page two of the application. While you can apply for both, an individual cannot receive both awards.


What qualifies as doing your Fulbright experience within the past 5 years to be eligible for the New Leaders Award?

If you did your Fulbright experience from 2016-2017 to 2020-2021, you are eligible for the New Leaders Award.


Does my Fellowship program need to take place in the same country as my original Fulbright?

No, the project can take place in any country regardless of where you did your Fulbright.


Can I apply the IIE Centennial Fellowship to a project I am already working on?

For the 2021-22 cycle, both the New Leaders award and Centennial Fellowship are open to ongoing projects that fit the cohort theme.


Can two Fulbright alumni apply together for a joint project?

Yes, you can apply with a joint project. However, due to our application system all participants will need to submit individual applications. To be an eligible joint project your application must:

  • have the same project name
  • mention your partner’s name in the project abstract
  • have the same project plan and budget
  • be prepared to open a joint/project bank account to receive the funding.

When am I considered an eligible Fulbright alumni?

After completing their Fulbright experience, all alumni receive communication from the Fulbright Program recognizing them as alumni. If you completed your experience or had your experience interrupted due to COVID-19, but received this communication from the Fulbright program, you are eligible. 


What can be included in my project budget?

Your budget will be entirely dependent on your proposed project and the associated costs, it may include direct costs (materials, travel, employee wages, etc.) and indirect costs (living stipend, institutional overhead, fringe costs, etc.)  as outlined in your proposal and agreed upon with your IIE Centennial Fellows Advisor. Significant modifications in the budget must be approved by the IIE Centennial Fellows Advisor. In the budget portion of the application, there is a budget template that we encourage you to use. 


Do I need to take a leave of absence from my education/job to participate in the IIE Centennial Fellowship?

No, you can participate in the fellowship while still working or being a full-time student.


What do you mean by contingency plan?

Given the uncertain nature of global movement and safe practices, all projects must include a plan to complete the project assuming strict COVID-19 protocols are in place or are implemented at some point during the course of the project.


Can I apply if I am also using a different grant to fund my project?

Yes, the IIE Centennial Fellowship can be used in addition to other funding. 


Where does my recommender submit their letter?

When you list them on your application, they will receive an email with instructions and a link to upload it directly into your application. We cannot accept letters that are not attached to your application, so please ensure your recommender has received the email. You will get a notification when they have completed this step.


How many recommendations can I submit?

You can only have one recommender registered in the application portal. If they are unable to submit before the deadline, you are able to change your recommender within the application portal.


I have completed the preliminary questions and am eligible, but I am not able to proceed with the application. What can I do to fix this?

On the preliminary questions page, please ensure that you have selected an answer to "I would like to be considered for..." even if the only option is the IIE Centennial Fellowship. Once that is selected, please save the application and you should see the rest of the application populate.


I would like to set up a phone call to discuss my questions.

Unfortunately, we have received hundreds of applications and inquiries and cannot speak with every interested applicant. Please email us at IIECentennialfellows@iie.org as you encounter questions.