Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowships

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Campus Deadline: Sept. 22, 2015
Official Website and Application
(See Fulbright ORC page for more details)
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The Fulbright Program was created by Congress in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State inaugurated the J. William Fulbright - Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship (Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship) in academic year 2012-13. Formerly the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, the award was renamed to honor former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for her dedication to public service and role in the program’s creation. This fellowship is still a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The Award

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments for one academic year. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while gaining hands-on public sector experience. The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship also includes an independent academic study/research component.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellows function in a “special assistant” role for a senior level official. The goal of the professional placements is to build the Fellows’ knowledge and skills, provide support to partner country institutions, and promote long-term ties between the U.S. and the partner country. The U.S. Embassy, with the Fulbright Commission (where applicable), will identify host ministries and provide administrative support and oversight during the Fellow’s program.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellows will spend 32 hours per week in their professional assignments in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands on experience in the public sector while also carrying out related academic projects for 8 hours per week. Embassies, Fulbright Commissions (where applicable), and host country governments will coordinate appropriate professional placements for candidates in all public policy areas including, but not limited to: agriculture, communications, economic development, education, energy, environment, information technology, international relations, justice, public finance, public health.

The partner country governments include: African Union, Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Côte d'Ivoire, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Malawi, Nepal, Peru, Samoa and Timor-Leste


Candidates for a Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must have a Master’s degree with an with an area of focus applicable to public policy, a J.D. degree or be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program
  • Must have two years of full-time, professional work experience in policy-related fields
  • Must meet language requirements depending on country

The Application

A Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship application consists of the following:
Complete Embark Fulbright U.S. Student Online Application

  • Basic Personal Data
  • Essay #1: Statement of Grant Purpose
    • Part A: Policy Fellowship Goals
    • Part B: Situational Response
  • Essay #2: Personal Statement
  • Resumes
    • English (2 pages)
    • For selected countries, host country language (2 pages)
  • Foreign Language Reports
    • Self-Evaluation
    • Foreign Language Evaluations, submitted by the evaluators through Embark system
  • 3 references, submitted through the Embark system
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

Applicants focus on one country and may list an alternative country, and will be considered for the participating country based on the candidate’s qualifications and individual country requirements. 

Other Fulbright Awards:

Fulbright Grants (U.S. Student Program for Study/Research/ETA)

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

Fulbright mtvU Award



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