Core Fulbright Scholar Program Competition for 2012-13 Now Open. Application Deadline: August 1, 2011. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) is pleased to announce that the core Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program competition for 2012-2013 is now open. The core 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. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by CIES. Visit the website for a catalog of awards, tips for applying, content guidelines, review criteria and more: www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards.