Fulbrighters, alumni and friends of Fulbright are invited to submit session proposals for the Virtual 44th Annual Conference, “Fulbright at 75: Celebrating a Legacy of Global Friendships” 

We invite you to submit proposals based on the following guidelines below. We encourage submissions that inspire and inform participants from around the world. The conference theme encompasses the global outlook and prospects for the future on topics such as public health; social, economic, and environmental justice; racism and inequality; human rights; economics/finance; policing; immigration; and international exchange. Proposals on all topics are welcome, provided they resonate with the conference theme, and promote healthy dialogue.

Our conferences strive to build community by encouraging intelligent and informed conversations, and to motivate the Fulbright community to work together to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. To that end, we seek proposals that are creative, innovative, interactive, and provocative.

We are currently accepting themed sessions, poster proposals, and the Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Lecture. Please see below for information on each format.

General Guidelines

General Guidelines

As global citizens and change-makers, we individually and collectively represent a force for peace. This year’s conference promises to be highly interactive and diverse. In celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Program, the 44th annual conference offers the opportunity for our Fulbright and the international community to celebrate the “Fulbright legacy and impact” by sharing their scholarship, contributions, and experiences. The conference committee actively seeks proposals for sessions that will give people something to think about.  The proposal should be creative, innovative, interactive, and perhaps provocative. We will consider any format that can be successfully presented virtually. The themed sessions will include multiple presenters focused on a shared theme.

All proposals must be submitted through the online submission form by the deadlines indicated below and will be peer reviewed by the conference program sub-committee.  Each proposal will be evaluated based on its thoroughness, clarity and adherence to session guidelines. Research design, innovation, creativity and thematic cohesiveness will also be considered. Consider ways the virtual format can enhance your presentation.

Please review the guidelines below.  Questions should be directed to conference@fulbright.org or may be answered by going to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Themed Session (Deadline: August 30, 2021)

Share your presentation in a panel format using a virtual platform. Each panel will be one hour and fifteen minutes long, will have 4-5 presenters, with each having 8-10 minutes to discuss their topic. There will be breakout rooms after the session for further audience participation if more time is needed for Q&A.

Duration: approximately one hour and fifteen minutes

  • Proposal should relate to the conference theme and be organized around a topic that will have wide appeal to the Fulbright community and potentially inspire future research or service. Research presented should be professional level, with additional consideration given to projects that resulted from a Fulbright grant. Examples of international collaborative projects are especially welcome.
  • The panel session format allows for considerable coverage of a given topic within a unified theme. You may submit a proposal with a colleague/colleagues, or you may submit as an individual that may be placed within a group representing a similar theme. Each group and individual panelist should prepare to speak for 8-10 minutes. An opportunity for audience participation is expected.
  • Panelists should clearly identify the theme of their proposed session.
  • The Zoom platform will be used and presenters will be supported by FA staff with their presentations.
  • Selected presentations will appeal widely and thoughtfully to Fulbright Association members and help launch future work by session participants.

Poster Presentation (Deadline: August 30, 2021)

Share your Fulbright experience and/or research in a visual format with conference attendees.

Duration: 10 min

Posters will be presented virtually through screenshare via Zoom. You are welcome to continue discussion with conference attendees about your research after the session via breakout rooms.

  • Eligible presenters include individual and institutional Fulbright Association members as well as prospective members. Returning Fulbright grantees, students, and teachers should feel welcome to submit proposals in this category.
  • Posters can reflect participants’ Fulbright grant experience/research or other work in which they are engaged. This can take many forms: research findings; best practices for teaching; overview of a project; photos from a key experience; or examples of outreach efforts either in host country or in the U.S. Past posters have reflected research findings, overview of a project, best practices for teaching, photo journals, and outreach efforts both in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Posters should be presented on slides and should demonstrate the topic visually.

Selma Jeanne Cohen Lecture Award (Deadline: August 30, 2021)

The Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund for International Scholarship on Dance provides a dance researcher or practitioner the opportunity to present a major paper or interdisciplinary presentation, based on research or a body of accomplished work, at the Fulbright Association’s annual conference.

Proposals are due by August 30, 2021

Duration: 60 minutes

  • The competition is open to all dance researchers or practitioners in any field of dance.
  • Applicants may be residents of any country.
  • Lectures could be based on previously unpublished or published research, or on a body of accomplished work, though ideally this research or work would not have been presented at other conferences.
  • Selection will be based on the quality of your narrative, originality, the impact of your research/work on other disciplines and international perspectives, interaction with audience during demonstration, appeal to a wider audience, and references.
  • The Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund provides an honorarium to the selected dance scholar.
  • The awardee must be able to present virtually at the Fulbright Association’s annual conference (October 21-23, 2020) and give his or her presentation on the date requested by the Association.

Alumni Art Exhibit (CLOSED)

Submissions CLOSED

We are excited to announce an alumni art exhibit as part of the annual conference. This will be an interactive, virtual exhibit. Alumni from the arts field are invited to submit their work under the following two categories:

  • Still images (e.g., photographs of paintings, sculpture, photographs, installation shots);
  • Video or other interactive

Please note that the art exhibit is open to Fulbright alumni or friends of Fulbright who are professional artists, painters, sculptors, or videographers. Submissions must include name, year and country of grant, discipline and website URL.

Please submit with subject line: Fulbright 75 Art Show via email to info@joevitone.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I submit my proposal?

A: Please submit your proposal through the online submission page by clicking here. Please do not e-mail or mail us your submission. Only proposals submitted through the online submission form will be considered. If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact us at conference@fulbright.org.

Q: I am not a Fulbrighter. May I still submit a proposal?

A: Yes, however, all presenters must join the Fulbright Association as a member. If you are not a Fulbright grantee, you may join the Fulbright Association as a Friend of Fulbright by clicking here.

Q: I haven’t decided on a title yet. Can I change it later?

A: Yes. While we require a “working title” for all submissions, if your proposal is accepted, you may change the title later by a given deadline.

Q: I don’t have any co-presenters. Can I submit a proposal for a themed session?

A: Yes, though if you are accepted, it is likely that you will be combined with another group presenting on a thematically similar topic.

Q: I don’t have any co-presenters. Can I submit a proposal for a poster?

A: Yes.

Q: May I submit multiple proposals?

A: Yes, however, due to limited slot availability, you may only present one time at the conference. If multiple proposals are approved, you may be asked to select one.

Q: I submitted my proposal through the online submission form. How do I know if it went through?

A: Once you complete the registration process, you will receive a confirmation e-mail within a few days of submission.

Q: If I am accepted, will the Fulbright Association waive my conference registration?

A: Unfortunately, the Fulbright Association cannot waive conference registrations for presenters at this time.

Q: If I (or my co-presenters) only intend to present at the conference, without attending any other sessions, do I still need to register?

A: Yes. All presenters must register; however, you might consider purchasing a one-day registration instead of a full conference registration.