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The Fulbright Interfaith Community Action Program


Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting applications is yet to be determined.

General Information

In 2007 the Office of Academic Exchange Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has launched the Fulbright Interfaith Community Action Program designed to promote the importance of interfaith cooperation and to facilitate community action among diverse religious groups worldwide.

The Fulbright Interfaith Community Action Program provides a multinational group of up to twelve religious leaders, scholars of religion, nongovernmental organization (NGO) and/or community leaders from diverse religious backgrounds with a semester-long U.S. exchange experience that includes discussion, debate, and collaborative learning centered on interfaith dialogue and cooperation.

The program takes place from mid-September to mid-December. During the first component of the program, grantees participate in a two week program hosted at a major U.S. university that provides an exchange of practices and ideas in an academic setting and includes visits with interfaith leaders in the area. At the end of September, participants then are placed with host institutions throughout the United States for an additional ten weeks where they give lectures and/or work on an ongoing project, as well as are actively involved in interfaith cooperation programs in their host communities.

Throughout the program, participants meet with religious and community leaders, and are engaged in discussions and outreach activities experiencing first hand local interfaith cooperative efforts.

Dependents are not allowed to accompany the program participants.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Individuals selected for the program be prepared to interact successfully within an academic environment, as well as to engage meaningfully in interfaith community activities.
  • Affiliation either with an academic institution as a lecturer or researcher, or actively engaged with an organization, agency or community group committed to encouraging interfaith cooperation (can include NGOs, the media, government departments, etc);
  • Demonstrate a level of education in the field of religious studies or a related discipline of the social sciences or humanities commensurate with participation in scholarly discussion and thinking at the university level;
  • Be recognized by a local faith community or communities as a religious scholar/leader whose religious thoughts are well-respected and whose opinion is sought in the matters of religion and religious thought;
  • Be engaged in a project or activity that will benefit from interaction with the faculty and programs at a U.S. host institution as well as with the activities and representatives of interfaith community groups.
  • Show evidence of a high level of commitment to fostering religious pluralism and to the goals of interfaith cooperation and community action;
  • Be able to communicate fluently in English, both orally and in writing, and in both academic and non-academic settings.

A complete application includes:

  1. Application form
  2. Detailed curriculum vitae (up to 8 pages)
  3. Activities objectives (2-3 pages)
  4. All application components must be written in or translated into English.

    The deadline for submitting applications is yet to be determined.

The Fulbright Program in Russia. Institute of International Education.
Tverskoy Bul'var 14, building 1, 4th floor, Moscow, Russia 125009.
Tel: +7(495) 935-8353, Fax: +7(495) 937-5418. Contact: info@fulbright.ru