2021-2022 Fulbright Irish Awards Launched

Opportunities to Build Strategic Partnerships in the USA  
Fulbright Irish Awards Launched 


Monday 31st August 2020: The 2021-2022 Fulbright Irish Awards were launched today with an application deadline of 2 November 2020.  


These Awards will provide opportunities for passionate Irish and EU students, scholars and professionals to undertake programmes and collaborate with experts at a U.S. institution or organisation of their choice, from August 2021-August 2022.


The Fulbright Commission in Ireland’s mission is to fortify Irish and American collaboration through exchanges of talent, knowledge and scholarship. Global Fulbright Alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, and include 60 Nobel Prize recipients, 88 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government. 


With an emphasis on cultural immersion and building long-term academic and professional connections, the Fulbright programme selects excellent candidates from all over Ireland to work with top U.S. Institutions.


The Awards are open to all disciplines and backgrounds. The Fulbright Commission in Ireland partners with local and international agencies to offer additional funding in the areas of Culture and Heritage, Health, Geoscience, Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Business Innovation, Law, Cybersecurity and Irish language. 


Successful candidates receive a monetary stipend, travel costs, accident and emergency insurance, visa administration, cultural and professional programming, and introduction to a vast international professional and academic network.  


The application deadline is 4pm, 2 November 2020. To learn more about the Fulbright Awards visit A number of webinars are available to watch on Fulbright Ireland’s YouTube channel.


Chair of the Board of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland, Professor Diane Negra: “As a Fulbright Alumna, I strongly encourage students, scholars and professionals to consider making an application for one of the 2021-2022 Fulbright Awards. The Fulbright Program is renowned for recognizing and facilitating research endeavours of the highest calibre. Since its formation, it has also promoted and encouraged the kind of cross-cultural collaboration and understanding that is so vital to addressing global challenges. These Awards provide unique opportunities to play a role in addressing our common interests and needs and to positively shape the future.”


Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland, Dr Dara FitzGerald: “Fulbright continuously creates many thousands of deep personal connections in a complex and changing world. Our programs continue to focus on diversity, inclusion and equity, enriching Awardees’ educations and life experiences, advancing their careers and supporting them to make meaningful contributions in the U.S. and at home. Upon returning to Ireland, they share their stories and join hundreds of thousands of international alumni serving as leaders across the globe. Fulbright programs are wholly supported by Irish an U.S. Governments. Additional support from Irish agencies and higher education institutions has allowed for significant increase in award funding and diversity.” 


The U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Edward F. Crawford: “The Fulbright program plays a crucial role in strengthening the unique relationship shared by the United States and Ireland. The durability of Fulbright is especially important during these challenging times.”


Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Simon Coveney T.D.: Over the past 60 years, the Fulbright Programme has given thousands of individuals the opportunity to pursue educational exchanges between Ireland and the United States, deepening the links across the Atlantic. Fulbrighters have shared their ideas and culture, embarked on research and contributed to finding solutions to important international problems. Ireland is proud to support such an excellent programme, and I look forward to seeing the collaboration and connections which develop as a result of the 2021-2022 awards"




For further information please contact: 
Emma LoughneyFulbright Commission: / 01-6607670  
Photo by Conor McCabe  



*Note to Editor:  
The Fulbright Program was set up in 1946 and is the largest and most prestigious U.S. international exchange program in the world. It offers opportunities for educational exchange in over 160 countries worldwide. The Fulbright Commission in Ireland annually awards grants for Irish citizens to study, research or teach in the United States and for Americans to do the same in Ireland. Since its formation more than 2,500 postgraduate students, scholars, professionals and teachers have participated in the program between the United States and Ireland. The Fulbright Commission in Ireland is a bilateral partnership supported by the U.S. Department of State and the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs. It is also a registered charity. Its funding is derived from Irish and U.S. governments, higher education institutions, public agencies, organizations and donations. 



10 Sep 2020


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