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Competition now open – Fulbright Opportunities for Canadian Scholars in the US (2021/2022). Deadline is Nov 15th, 2020

Posted on: Jun 8, 2020

Information provided by Fulbright Canada on their Canada Research Chairs program.


If you are considering applying, please contact the Office of Research Services as early as possible.

As Fulbright Canada celebrates its 30th anniversary, a new Canadian Scholars application cycle is opening. For 2021/2022, Fulbright Canada is offering several Research opportunities at top US Institutions

Our grants support research with colleagues across the U.S. for a 4 to 9-month period. Applications are accepted through November 15th, 2020

Did know that: 

1- if you are interested in hosting a US graduate student for 9 months for 2021/2022 they can apply to the Fulbright Student Award (US$20 thousand) for doing research in Canada. See more info here.

2- If you are supervising a graduate student (CA Citizen) that wants to conduct research in the US for 9 months they are also eligible for the same benefit. They can find more info here.

See here the: Awards catalogue with all the Research Chair offering for Canadian Scholars

See below all the available Fulbright Canada Research Chairs:

Humanities and Social Sciences

Canadian Studies

Science & Technology

Environmental & Arctic Studies


Policy/Law & Governance

Field Open

Interested in more information on the awards:

Eligibility requirements

  • Be CA citizen (Permanent residence is not sufficient) do not have dual US citizenship
  • Hold a terminal degree (Ph.D., LLM, MFA, etc.) or equivalent professional training or experience
  • Applicants who have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the application deadline are ineligible. A period of nine months or more during a calendar year constitutes a full year.
  • Recipients of a Fulbright Scholar, award are eligible to apply for another award two years after the date of completion of the previous award.

Detailed Eligibility requirements are available here.


Application Components

  • The application portal is available here, and a detailed application manual is available here. For the application, no project budget is required, the main pieces of your application are:

Project Statement

Up to 5 pages


Up to 6 pages

Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) for Research Chair Awards


Required for Research and Teaching/Research awards, up to 3 pages

Syllabi/course outlines

Required for Teaching and Teaching/Research awards, up to 10 pages

Letter of Invitation

Only required for the Field Open Awards

Language proficiency



Review Criteria

  •  Applicant training, background, and experience:

The applicant possesses the training, credentials, and active professional standing, as appropriate for their project, discipline, and career path, and meets all stated requirements for the award, including language proficiency (if applicable).

  • Quality of the project:

The project is feasible, original, well-designed, innovative, and demonstrates relevance and currency to the discipline.

  • Project’s potential impact, outcome, and benefits:

The project demonstrates a broad, sustainable impact beyond the length of the award period and clearly describes plans to disseminate results.

  • Personal qualities:

The applicant displays an ability to be adaptable, culturally sensitive, collegial, and can serve as a cultural ambassador for Canada



Additional Opportunity for Canadian Scholars with application open until September 15, 2020

Fulbright Arctic Initiative: US$40,000 for 18-months (March 2021- Fall 2022) engaged in addressing public policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges.  

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will identify both established experts and early-career specialists from the eight Arctic Council countries to carry out collaborative research in the following themes:

  • Arctic Security and Cooperation,
  • Arctic Infrastructure in a Changing Environment,
  • Community Dimensions of Health.

For more information please see here the application manual.