Fulbright New Century Scholars Program

Tämä stipendiohjelma ei ole enää haussa.

Fulbright New Century Scholars -ohjelma kokoaa 25-30 tutkijaa ja asiantuntijaa eri puolilta maailmaa työskentelemään jonkin maailmanlaajuisesti merkittävän tutkimusaiheen parissa. Ohjelmaan voivat osallistua asiantuntijat ja eri tieteenaloja edustavat tutkijat, joiden erikoistumisalue liittyy vuoden tutkimusteemaan. Ohjelman teema vaihtelee.

NCS-ohjelmaan valitut stipendiaatit osallistuvat:

  • orientaatioon, väliarviointitapaamiseen ja päätösseminaariin (jokainen n. viikon mittainen)
  • 2-3 kuukauden kansainväliseen tutkijavierailuun, sekä
  • ohjelmavuoden aikana jatkuvaan yhteydenpitoon NCS-verkoston muiden tutkijoiden ja verkoston vetäjän (NCS Distinguished Scholar Leader) kanssa.

Suomalaisten hakijoiden on itse järjestettävä 3 kuukauden tutkijavierailunsa Yhdysvaltoihin. Amerikkalaisten hakijoiden on mahdollista vierailla ohjelman puitteissa Suomessa.

Stipendin suuruus: 30,000 USD sekä ylläpito ohjelman seminaarien aikana.

Lisätietoja Fulbright New Century Scholars -ohjelmasta saa Fulbright Centeristä, www.fulbright.fi, puh. (09) 5494 7400, sähköposti office(at)fulbright.fi sekä CIES:in kotisivuilta osoitteesta www.cies.org/NCS/


The Fulbright New Century Scholars Program (NCS) is a global program that brings together 25-30 research scholars and professionals from around the world. Through a series of three plenary seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange visit, scholars engage in collaborative thinking and multi-disciplinary research on a theme of global significance. Previous programs addressed the topics of global health; sectarian, ethnic and cultural conflict; the global empowerment of women; higher education challenges and responses; and access and equity in higher education. The 2009 program will continue the theme of higher education and include its role in national and global economic development with a specific focus on the university as innovation driver and knowledge center.


In an ever more complex and interdependent world, the knowledge and solutions needed to address many of the major public policy issues we face must increasingly be generated across borders and through the synergetic efforts of governments, the private sector, and the academic community. The Fulbright program has long supported exchange programs that promote cooperation among these sectors to increase mutual understanding and address critical global issues. Accordingly, the New Century Scholars Program offers a collaborative model for scholarly exchange that is multinational and multidisciplinary in scope, encourages the formation of new global networks of scholars and professionals, and pursues the development of collaborative activities with a long-term regional and global impact.

Alla olevat tiedot koskevat vuoden 2009-2010 ohjelmaa.
Please note, that the information below refers to the year 2009-2010 program.

New Century Scholar 2009 theme:
"The University as Innovation Driver and Knowledge Center."

As economic and social interaction become increasingly global, the United States and nations around the world are facing shared opportunities and challenges that will require societies to be open to innovation, entrepreneurship, and the generation of global knowledge. Rising prosperity and national well-being require that nations utilize the full creativity and dynamism of all sectors of their economies and societies.

Universities provide the natural nexus for collaboration among government, industry, academic institutions, individuals, and civil society. The world’s exemplary universities underpin market productivity and economic growth, sustain civil society, and contribute to an improving quality of life. They are safe harbors for communities of joint research and open exploration and for individual creativity and free expression. In high-achieving societies, these institutions produce the human capital leadership, the theoretical breakthroughs, and the practical solutions necessary to meet global challenges, such as energy and food security, global health and disease management, and environmental protection.

Countries that create the right policy and regulatory conditions to foster public private partnerships centered in the university community are able to speed the transformation of innovative research into useful product applications, often with a global impact, and contribute significantly to the improvement of the daily lives of the nation’s citizens.

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 the sciences 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; universities contributing to the global network of knowledge are now emerging as drivers of global innovation, problem-solving, and widening prosperity.

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. Sub topics in which scholar applicants might have particular expertise and interest could include the examples listed below. Other sub-topics may emerge based on specific interests and expertise.

  • Opportunities for and barriers to university-based partnerships for innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development.
  • 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.
  • Partnerships (clusters) that contribute to economic development and improving quality of life in local communities and regions;
  • Partnerships that apply multidisciplinary research and social entrepreneurship to community issues (historic preservation, crime and drugs, needs of children and the elderly)
  • Partnerships that extend the innovation pipeline to K-12 and adult education and lifelong learning.

Program design

The Program will begin in May 2009 and conclude in April 2010. A total of 25-30 subject experts from the U.S. and participating countries will be selected as Fulbright New Century Scholars. Approximately one third of the participants will be U.S. scholars who will do research in a number of countries worldwide. The remaining two thirds of the program's participants will be visiting scholars from outside the United States. Participants may be academics or professionals in the academic, public, or private sectors in their countries. During the program year, all participating scholars from outside the United States will be expected to participate in the three plenary seminar meetings, make a research exchange visit in the United States with colleagues at an institution with which they have pre-arranged collaboration and a formal affiliation, and maintain contact and intellectual exchange with fellow NCS Scholars during the program year. Research visits may be two to three months in duration, and all visits should be completed prior to April 2010.

The NCS Program is carried out under the guidance of a distinguished Scholar Leader, selected for his/her interdisciplinary expertise and professional standing in the area of the research topic. This Leader will ensure productive, cross-disciplinary discussion and the development of collaborative activities among the multi-national group of grantees chosen to participate.

The selected distinguished Leader for the 2009 New Century Scholar Program is Dr. Miranda Schreurs, Director of the Environmental Policy Research Center and Professor of Comparative Politics at the Free University of Berlin. Prior to her appointment in Berlin she served as Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, and as Affiliate Faculty in the University of Maryland Law School. Dr. Schreurs has been a Fulbright Scholar, and received fellowships from the SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Program on International Peace and Security Affairs, and from the National Science Foundation/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

A. In May 2009, at the beginning of the grant period, an orientation and seminar meeting for all grantees led by the NCS Leader will familiarize participants with program goals, establish the basis for informal communication and interaction throughout the grant period, and initiate collaborative work towards a set of illustrative case studies that might inform government, higher education and private sector policies, activities and practices in both national and global settings. An agenda, program roster, contact information, and a summary of Individual research interests will be provided to all NCS grantees.

B. In October of 2009, at the program's midpoint, all New Century Scholars will be brought together again to further the work begun at the orientation. The locale for the meeting will be determined in consultation with the scholars at the orientation meeting.

C. In April 2010, the NCS Scholars will meet in a final, plenary seminar again under the direction of the NCS Leader, where they will share the results of their collaborative interactions and report on the accomplishment of NCS Program objectives and their relevant global implications of those findings. We anticipate that this gathering will result collaborative work towards a set of illustrative case studies that might inform government, higher education and private sector policies, activities and practices in both national and global settings and in the opening of new avenues of research and inquiry, the formation of new international and transnational collaborations, and the development of significant policy-relevant recommendations.

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. Throughout the program year, Scholars will 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.

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.

Nomination and selection criteria

Review of candidates and selection of the New Century Scholar participants will be organized by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). CIES will convene a selection panel that will include the New Century Scholar Leader and a multi-disciplinary group of experts. The panel will seek to nominate a cohort of scholars who as a group are proposing diverse projects centered on the Program theme, who represent a variety of disciplines, and who come from different world regions. Within the context of these general Program considerations, the panel will review individual scholar nominations based on the following criteria:

  1. Formal qualifications of the applicant, including academic degrees, training, status, and position;
  2. National and international reputation in his/her field;
  3. Quality of nominee's professional accomplishments as demonstrated through publications, research grants, and other professional achievements;
  4. Merits of the research proposal and its relevance to the New Century Scholars research topic;
  5. Potential of the applicant's proposed research to contribute to a better understanding of the topic on both national and international levels;
  6. Potential for the applicant's proposed research to contribute to a high-level interdisciplinary discussion of the research theme;
  7. Justification for the proposed international visit and its significance for advancing understanding of the subject;
  8. Ability of the applicant to carry out the project;
  9. Oral fluency in English.

The Fulbright Center in Helsinki will review candidates from Finland and nominate participants to CIES. Final NCS grantee selections are made by CIES. The program is funded by the United States Department of State.

Application procedures

Each candidate will be required to submit

  1. a New Century Scholars Program application cover page that is on the CIES website at "www.cies.org";
  2. a project abstract;
  3. a proposal, not to exceed four typed, single-spaced pages, and one-page bibliography of relevant sources;
  4. a curriculum vitae and publications list;
  5. two letters of support; and
  6. letter of invitation from the prospective host institution.

Complete application and reference letters should be received at the Fulbright Center by November 7, 2008 at 12 noon. Only complete applications and enclosures received by the application deadline will be reviewed. Mailing address for applications and letters of reference is:

The Fulbright Center, Hakaniemenranta 6, 00530 Helsinki

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 February 2009. International research visits may begin at any time after the May 2009 orientation and must be concluded by April 2010.
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.