Fulbright International Education Administrators Award


In partnership with 11 prestigious UK Universities - University of East AngliaImperial College LondonUniversity of Sussex, Royal Holloway Univeristy of LondonUniversity of BirminghamUniversity of York, Durham University, University of StirlingUniversity of Stirling, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University and University of Edinburgh - the US-UK Fulbright Commission offered international and higher education administrators from the US the opportunity to participate in a three week long seminar taking place across the UK in August 2013.

This programme is designed to allow participants to collaborate with their counterparts working in UK universities. This new programme helps familiarise participants with the UK's higher education system, society, and culture. Alongside UK colleagues, participants attend interactive briefings, meetings, and cultural events, in order to share best practice.


The programme provides participants with the unique opportunity to interact with UK colleagues and professionals from these host institutions. In addition, participants go on cultural excursions at various sites in the UK.

Benefits include:

  • International travel expenses
  • Accommodation and most meals
  • Accident and sickness benefits
  • Sponsorship of a UK Tier 5 visa

While a Fulbright International Administrators Award only lasts 3 weeks in length, the benefits do not end there. Receiving a Fulbright Award opens many doors and provides unparalleled global networking opportunities. Over 300,000 Fulbright Awards have been given since the Programme’s inception, and alumni have the opportunity to stay engaged through our extensive alumni networks, including the UK Fulbright alumni network. Alumni also remain connected to the Programme through on-going social and cultural events, volunteer opportunities, mentoring schemes and much more.

Selection Criteria

The Fulbright Commission is seeking applications from US professionals in international and higher education administration. 

Applicants must:

  • Be qualified international education administrators and senior-level university administrators with substantial responsibility for enhancing the international dimension of their institution.
  • International Education administrators may include international student advisers, study abroad advisers, and international student admissions staff.
  • Senior-level administrators may include presidents, vice-presidents, provosts and deans.
  • Alternatively, applicants who interact with international students in other positions may apply, such as alumni relations, residential life managers, marketing and recruitment staff, admissions, or financial aid staff.
  • Be affiliated with a two-or-four year college, university or non-profit international exchange organisation.
  • Have a minimum of three years of full-time work experience in the field of international education.


Applications are made online through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). You will be able to log in and out of your application account and will not be required to complete the application in one sitting.

Applicants should review the FAQs before submitting an application.

Successful shortlisted applicants will be invited for telephone interviews with the Fulbright Commission.


Applications for the IEA programme are now closed. The timeline for the next edition will be announced shortly.

1 Feb – Application deadline

late May – Telephone interviews

late May – notifications

June-July – Visa preparation

3 August – Arrival, programme begins

23 August - Programme closes; participants depart 

Additional Information

The itinerary for the inaugural International Education Administrators programme can be found below. The programme showcased best practice on areas such as UK academic excellence, global curriculum, student mobility and integration, cultural learning and alumni outreach among others.

IEA Itinerary 2013