Fulbrighters, alumni, and friends of Fulbright are invited to submit conference session proposals for this year’s “Reunion” to be held October 6-9, 2022 in Bethesda, Maryland. Our annual conference strives to build and capture the diversity of our community by promoting intelligent and informed conversations. Proposals on topics that promote good dialogue and interaction are encouraged. We want you to share your – 

  • Research
  • Ideas
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Travel Experiences
  • Films/Videos
  • Policy Debates
  • Demonstrations/Performances
  • Artwork

Share what you love, what you find interesting, what inspires you, and what you’re proud to be part of.  Most of all, have fun!

We have kept most of our standard session formats and have invited new ways to share your content. 

Session Formats:

  • General Session: 60 Minute Presentation and Discussion
  • Roundtables: 20 Minute Discussion
  • Poster Presentations: 60 Minute Presentation and Discussion
  • Fulbright Talk: 10 Minute “Moth Style” Stories
  • Selma Jeanne Cohen Lecture Award: 60 Minutes

All proposals must be submitted by 11:59 PDT on July 1, 2022 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, interactivity, and creativity will also be considered.  

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) below.

2022 Call For Proposals Worksheet

General Guidelines

We welcome proposals from current grantees, alumni (U.S. or non-U.S.) and anyone who supports the ideals of the Fulbright program. You do not have to be a member of the Fulbright Association, but all presenters must register for the Conference, and members will receive a discount.

Presentations of original research must meet professional and/or academic standards with additional consideration given to on-going projects that resulted from a Fulbright grant or other international exchange opportunity.

Presenters may submit a proposal for each format. Please note that if we cannot accommodate your preferred format, as space is limited, we will ask if you would be willing to combine your session or present in another format.

Proposals are due by 11:59 PDT on July 1, 2022

General Sessions (60 Minutes)

General Sessions are traditional concurrent sessions that last for 60 minutes and are scheduled on Friday and Saturday of the Annual Conference. They are designed to be interactive conversations between presenters and participants and should allow attendees to gain insight.

  • 1-3 presenters are encouraged (but not required) and an opportunity for audience participation is expected.
  • Successful sessions include 40-45 minutes of content with 15-20 minutes for audience engagement.

  • Proposals should be organized around a topic that will have wide appeal to the Fulbright community. Interactive presentations recommended!

  • Session chairs should complete the proposal and provide short bios for you and any additional co-presenters. Complete information must be provided with the proposal submission.
  • Wi-Fi and projectors will be provided for these sessions, if needed.

Session Duration: 60 minutes

Roundtable Discussions (20 Minutes)

Less formal way to engage other attendees around a central topic, idea, or research area – meant to generate discussion and engagement.

  • Presenters will each have 20 minutes to provide a brief introduction to a topic and lead a discussion with several prompting questions.  
  • Each table will represent a variety of topics and themes. Participants are allowed to rotate from table to table during a 1-2 hour session.   
  • Handouts and laptop files are encouraged, but WiFi and projectors will not be available.

Duration: 20 minutes

Click here to read FAQs for the Roundtable Presentations.

Poster Presentations (60 Minutes)

Designed to be impactful information sessions on your Fulbright experience, idea, issue and/or research, presenters will visually represent their data and present their content to conference participants.

  • 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.
  • Past posters have reflected participants’ Fulbright grant experience/research or other work that they are engaged in, overview of a project, best practices for teaching, photo journals, and outreach efforts both in the U.S. and abroad. Be creative!
  • During a dedicated poster session time block, presenters will be available at their posters to discuss their research and/or experience. Attendees can use this one-on-one time with presenters to learn more and ask questions. Presenters, please plan to be on your feet for a significant amount of time.
  • The Fulbright Association cannot print your poster for you. Please plan to bring your poster with you to the conference.
  • The Fulbright Association will provide either a trifold display, bulletin board, or other means by which you can display your poster. Details will accompany notification of acceptance of the proposal for the poster session.

Duration: The poster presentation will be 60 minutes or more, however, posters may remain hanging for the duration of the conference for attendees to see. You are welcome to engage visitors about your research at any time.

Fulbright Talks (10 Minutes)

These 8-10 minute talks, styled after “Moth Radio” stories, will allow attendees to view the world from the perspective of the presenter. This year, we invite you to submit along the theme of –


As we gather together for the first time in two years, we want to hear your stories of hope, of joy, and of triumph. We want to hear about big wins and small feats, about significant journeys and about what went right today. This year, Fulbright Talks is all about those moments of victory—those times when the struggle was worth it, hardship was defeated, and successes achieved.

  • Proposals should relate to the conference theme and be organized around a topic that will have wide appeal to the Fulbright community.
  • WiFi and projectors will be available for these sessions.

Duration: 10 minutes 

Selma Jeanne Cohen Lecture Award (60 Minutes) - Separate Application Process

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 July 1, 2022

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, round-trip travel, and per diem to the selected dance scholar.
  • The awardee must be able to attend the Fulbright Association’s annual conference (October 6-9, 2022) and give his or her presentation on the date requested by the Association. The recipient will be expected to have his or her own health, travel, and other necessary insurance and documents in order.
Click here to review the full call for applications for the Selma Jeanne Cohen Lecture Award

Call for Proposals Worksheet

This document is a snapshot of the Call for Proposals (CFP) submission form. Use this worksheet to plan your responses to each of the questions in the CFP, then copy and paste your responses into our online submission form.

Click here to download the 2022 Call For Proposals Worksheet

Please note, this is NOT how program proposals will be submitted to the conference. Please do not submit this worksheet.

For questions about proposal submission, including how to use this tool, contact the FA team at conference@fulbright.org.

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 register to present at the conference and Fulbright Association members receive a considerable discount. If you are not a Fulbright grantee, you may join the Fulbright Association as a Friend of Fulbright.

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 at a later date by a given deadline.

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

A: Yes. You can present as an individual presenter.

Q: May I submit multiple proposals?

A: Yes, we encourage multiple submissions. However, due to limited slot availability, 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: If you completed the form, we have received your proposal. You should see a “Thank You” page once submitted and automatically receive a confirmation e-mail from google forms. Remember to check your junk mail!

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

A: Unfortunately, the Fulbright Association cannot pay travel expenses or waive conference registrations for presenters at this time. All presenters must register for the conference.

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.