College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Faculty Opportunities


BORLAUG:  The Borlaug Fellows Program sponsors faculty and scientist exchange programs in developing countries.  Each Fellow is assigned a mentor who will coordinate the Fellow’s training.  For information on obtaining a visa for a Borlaug Fellow, please see the IPAN page on Visiting Scholars.

COCHRAN: The Cochran Fellowship Program is a training program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered through its Foreign Agricultural Service.   Agriculturalists in select foreign countries may apply for the training program, which varies in length from 2 weeks to 1 month.  The training is done in the U.S. by universities, agribusinesses, government agencies or consultants.  In May 2010, UMD trained a class of Cochran Fellows from the Republic of Georgia.

FULBRIGHT: The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in administering the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals. 

The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.


AUGUST 1 each year, is the application deadline for all categories of outgoing and incoming scholars.  Rosters of opportunities are posted in February each year.  It can take 18 months between application and date of assignment.

  • Distinguished Chair
  • Global Scholar
  • PostDoc and Early Career: Grantees will be expected to engage with graduate students in the host country and to continue their specialized training in cutting edge research. In addition to their primary research or teaching activities, grantees will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host country academic community.
  • Global Flex – multiple stays over several years.  The Flex Award is designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the host country


  • Lifetime limits on yrs/number of Fulbrights was lifted in 2014.  There are no longer limits, however preference is given to applicants without previous Fulbright experience
  • UMD contact:  Joe Scholten, in OIP, email:   Tel: 301-405 1559
  • Eligibility for (outgoing) UMD faculty or administrators:
    • U.S. citizenship - permanent residence is not sufficient
    • PhD for 2 categories (Global Scholar, Distinguished Chair); for Postdoc, completed phD within 5 yrs
    • Some projects require language proficiency
    • Candidates who have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application are ineligible
    • Preference given to applicants without previous Fulbright experience
    • Some awards allow family to go along; some countries require invitation letters

MUSKIE FELLOWS:  Established in 1992, the Muskie program is Eurasia’s preeminent fellowship opportunity, providing for master’s level study in the United States to emerging leaders who foster democratic and economic growth in the former Soviet Union.

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