New Century Scholars

The Fulbright New Century Scholars program (NCS) is a global program that annually brings together 25-30 research scholars and professionals from the U.S. and participating countries around the world.

The Application Deadline for the 2010 competition is not available yet.

Information on the 2009 New Century Scholar Program:

1. New Century Scholar 2009 theme: "The University as Innovation Driver and Knowledge Center." A number of universities in the U.S. and other countries have gained worldwide recognition for their ability to combine cutting edge theory with meaningful applied research in an array of fields, from business and economics to science and technology. Universities with the highest quality programs play an important role serving as knowledge centers that attract private sector enterprises with an interest in building on the research and innovation capacities of the university. Colleges and universities have long been regarded as economic engines of their local communities and regions, by contributing to the global network of knowledge, and they are now emerging as drivers of global innovation, problem-solving, and widening prosperity.

2. The NCS Program will engage scholars involved in research and project initiatives that advance understanding of the university as innovation driver and knowledge center contributing to advancing economic prosperity.

3 Sub topics in which scholar applicants might have particular expertise and interest may include the following (among other possible topics):

a. Opportunities for and barriers to university-based partnerships for innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

b. Partnerships in science and technology research and development that move ideas and solutions from the laboratory to the marketplace in fields with global reach such as energy security, food production, the environment, health, transportation, and nanotechnology.

c. Partnerships (clusters) that contribute to economic development and improving quality of life in local communities and regions.

d. Partnerships that apply multidisciplinary research and social entrepreneurship to community issues (historic preservation, crime and drugs, needs of children and the elderly).

e. Partnerships that extend the innovation pipeline to K-12 and adult education and lifelong learning.

Please refer to the CIES website at for more information on the program topic and sub themes.

4. Program design: The program will begin in May 2009 and conclude in April 2010.

5. Program participant requirements: New Century Scholars will be expected to
(1) Conduct research both within and outside of their home countries including a two- to three-month international visit.
(2) Participate in all NCS program seminar meetings of approximately one-week's duration each.
(3) Throughout the program year, scholars will also be expected to maintain contact and interact with other participants in the program in order to expand their own research and to explore comparative approaches to the program topic.

6. General eligibility criteria: All candidates for the program must be able to demonstrate outstanding qualifications and a record of experience and accomplishment in an area clearly related to the New Century Scholar research theme. Individuals in all disciplines are welcome to apply so long as they are conducting current research directly relevant to the theme and are open to exploring international and interdisciplinary approaches to their investigations. Since individuals designated as Fulbright New Century Scholars will have attained a level of national or international recognition for demonstrated professional accomplishments, including mastery of English and currency in their relevant disciplinary areas, their selection will be based primarily on their potential to contribute to the overall program objectives rather than on a need or desire to receive further training or exposure to developments and trends in their particular field.

7. Nomination and selection criteria:
A. Formal qualifications of the applicant, including academic degrees, training, status, and position;
B. National and international reputation in his/her field;
C. Quality of nominee's professional accomplishments as demonstrated through publications, research grants, and other professional achievements;
D. Merits of the research proposal and its relevance to the New Century Scholars research topic;
E. Potential of the applicant's proposed research to contribute to a better understanding of the topic on both national and international levels;
F. Potential for the applicant's proposed research to contribute to a high-level interdisciplinary discussion of the research theme;
G. Justification for the proposed international visit and its significance for advancing understanding of the subject;
H. Ability of the applicant to carry out the project;
I. Oral fluency in English.

8. Application procedures: Qualified candidates will be required to submit the following documents in English to the Moscow office of the Fulbright Program in Russia (address below) on or before October 27, 2008:
(a) A New Century Scholars program application cover page that is on the CIES website at;
(b) A project abstract;
(c) A proposal, not to exceed four typed, single-spaced pages, and one-page bibliography of relevant sources;
(d) A curriculum vitae and publications list;
(e) Two letters of support; and
(f) A letter of invitation from the prospective host institution.
Detailed application guidelines are available on the CIES website. Final review and selection of New Century Scholars will be conducted by CIES and successful candidates will be notified of their awards in January 2009. International research visits may begin at any time after the May 2009 orientation and must be concluded by April 2010.

9. New Century Scholar awards include individual travel/research funding in the amount of $30,000, which is intended to support travel to all program meetings, travel and maintenance for the exchange visit, research materials and assistance, and some partial salary. Accommodations and meals for program seminar meetings are covered separately.

10. All application materials must be submitted by October 27, 2008 to:

The Fulbright Program in Russia Программа Фулбрайта в РФ
Institute of International Education
Tverskoy Bul'var 14, stroenie 1, 4 etazh

The Fulbright Program in Russia. Institute of International Education.
Tverskaya St., 16 building 1, office 504, Moscow, Russia 125009
Tel: +7.495.966.9353 Contact: