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New Century Scholars Program

Fulbright New Century Scholars Program

Program Summary

In March 2001, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, announced the launching of the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program (NCS), one of three new initiatives designed to build on the strengths of the Fulbright Scholar Program by extending its mission and outreach.

The New Century Scholars Program (NCS) plays a vital role in forging new links among scholars and professionals from around the world who work together to seek solutions to issues and concerns that affect all humankind. 25-30 outstanding research scholars and professionals from the U.S. and abroad will be selected as NCS Fellows. Under the leadership of an appointed Distinguished Scholar Leader, NCS Fellows engage in multidisciplinary collaboration of the highest quality on a topic of global significance and universal concern.


Targeted Fields

A wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to, public health, history, law, philosophy, sociology, political science, anthropology, geography, ecology, economy and management, medicine and nursing, are invited to apply.

Individuals in all disciplines are welcome to apply so long as they are conducting current research relevant to the program's theme and objectives and are open to exploring and incorporating international, interdisciplinary approaches in their investigations.


* For academic applicants, a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a relevant field.
* For applicants in the professional fields, the appropriate terminal degree in a relevant field.
* U.S. applicants must have US citizenship and permanent residency in the U.S.
* Non-U.S. applicants must be citizens of and residing in the country from which they are applying. Non-U.S. applications must be submitted through the Fulbright Commission or Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the home country.
* Fluency in English


* Individual awards in the amount of $41,500. All New Century Scholars will receive grants in the amount of $41,500 to cover: research, materials, domestic travel, and other expenses related to the research program, funds for international travel, food and lodging and all additional expenses incurred in connection with research visits abroad. Dependent support is not covered by the grant.
* Travel and per diem for the mid-term meeting and tentative program orientation.


October 1, 2002 - deadline for submission of application materials.


All applicants, U.S. and non-U.S., must complete the relevant U.S. or Non-U.S. application cover sheet along with the following items:
1. an abstract of the proposed research (not to exceed one page);
2. a research proposal, not to exceed ten typed double-spaced pages;
3. a one-two page select bibliography of relevant sources;
4. a curriculum vitae, not to exceed 10 pages, including list of relevant
5. two letters of reference, with Application Reference forms
6. a letter of invitation from the proposed host institution

*U.S. applications must arrive at CIES no later than October 1, 2002, and should be submitted in five original copies.

**The research proposal should address some aspect of the NCS topic "Addressing Sectarian, Ethnic and Cultural Conflict within and across National Borders" as described under Research Theme in the program description. Applicants should describe the nature and significance of their research, the methodology, and how the research relates to the objectives of the NCS Program. Particular attention should be paid to demonstrating how the proposed research might contribute to developing new
approaches or perspectives to the NCS research theme and a better understanding of the problem on both the national and international level.

The proposal should also discuss in some detail the applicant's plans for an International Research Visit, its rationale, what it will accomplish and how it will advance the proposed research, in terms of incorporating a comparative or international dimension. All applicants must arrange their own affiliations and include a letter of invitation from the prospective host institution.


UCLA Students are strongly encouraged to contact the program directly at the address and telephone number below or visit 1252 Murphy Hall for information on the program.

New Century Scholars Program (MSI/DH)
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Suite 5L
3007 Tilden St., NW
Washington, DC 20008

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