Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships

Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2012 – February 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

2013-2014 Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships are available to:

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State inaugurated the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship in academic year 2012-13. The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to build mutual understanding and contribute to the strengthening of the public sector abroad.

Fulbright Public Policy Fellows serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions. Fellows gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project.

Fulbright Public Policy Fellows will 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 provide administrative support and oversight during the Fellow’s program.

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, public health, education, agriculture, justice, energy, the environment, public finance, economic development, information technology, and communications. While all public policy fields are eligible for placement, for some countries, there is a special interest in hosting Fulbright Public Policy Fellows with experience in certain fields, as enumerated on the table below and in the country summaries.

Successful applicants must have a strong service orientation, flexibility and resourcefulness, outstanding organizational skills, a wide range of competencies including strong writing, communication and IT skills, and the ability to work behind the scenes in a supportive role. Fellows may be responsible for activities such as policy and budget development and analysis; program monitoring and evaluation; drafting speeches, talking points, and correspondence; record keeping and note taking; and general project management. Fellows will have the opportunity to use their subject area expertise, language fluency, and other skills, such as IT proficiency, during the program to support the achievement of host institution goals. Responsibilities will be finalized after the placement is made. Participants will also be expected to carry out an academic component, such as an independent research project or related coursework. Fulbright Public Policy Fellows will spend 32 hours per week in their professional assignments and 8 hours per week pursuing related academic projects.


Requirements/Preferences for 2013-2014 Fulbright Public Policy Countries:



Language Requirements

All public policy fields are eligible. Applicants in the following fields are especially encouraged to apply



English. A working knowledge of one of Ethiopia’s languages, such as Amharic, is very beneficial and recommended, but not required.

Education, English as a Second Language, Tourism, Urban Planning



Agriculture, Education, Energy, Finance, Health, Justice

Ivory Coast

French proficiency required.

Economic Development, Education, Justice, Public Health

East Asia and the Pacific


English. A working knowledge of Burmese is very beneficial, but not required.

Governance, Congressional/Legislative Affairs, Planning and Economic Development, Education


English. A working knowledge of Samoan is very beneficial and recommended, but not required.

Climate Change and Environment, Economic Development and Trade, Education, Energy, Public Finance, Public Health

South and Central Asia


English. A working knowledge of Bangla is very beneficial and recommended, but not required

No specific fields have been indicated


Russian. A working knowledge of Kazakh is very beneficial and recommended, but not required.

Health, Agriculture, Environmental Protection, Emergency Management


English. A working knowledge of Nepali is very beneficial and recommended, but not required

No specific fields have been indicated

Dominican Republic


Western Hemisphere



Spanish proficiency is required.

Particular interest in Energy. Additional fields of interest include Economic Development, Education, Social Inclusion


Spanish proficiency is required.

Economics, Education, Energy and Natural Resources, Labor


French proficiency is required. Some Creole is preferred.

No specific fields have been indicated


Candidate Profile and Qualifications

To learn more about the current Fulbright Public Policy Fellows, you may access their profiles.

To determine specific country qualifications and preferences, please refer to the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowships section in the individual country summaries.

In addition to specific instructions for the application essays and Language Self-Evaluation, this program has the following qualifications and preferences:

Candidates must:

• Be U.S. citizens by November 1, 2012.

• Have a Master’s with an area of focus that is applicable to public policy, OR a JD degree OR be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program prior to the grant period which will commence in Fall 2013. Candidates who hold a doctoral degree at the time of application are not eligible.

• Have at least two years of full-time, professional work experience in policy-related fields.

Applicants must select one country in the Online Application, but may rank one alternate participating country. Candidates who list more than one country should provide evidence of their qualifications for each country indicated. However, applicants may be considered for all participating countries based on individual country requirements and the applicant’s qualifications.

Factors in selection of Fellows will include :

  • Academic and professional record
  • Proficiency in the local working language of the host country (see individual country pages for more information). Proficiency will be determined by the application and also will be verified during the application process, which will require an interview in the host country language.
  • Knowledge of the host country/region (history, culture, etc.)
  • Personal and professional qualifications
  • Preference factors as indicated below

Preference in selection will be given to candidates with:

  • Fluency in the local working language(s).
  • Deep knowledge of the host country/region (history, culture, etc.)
  • A strong service orientation and a high degree of versatility, resourcefulness, and creativity
  • Applicable professional experience
  • Advanced communication skills



Contact Ashley Prather – or +1 212.984.5366