Science and Technology International Fulbright Award

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Science and Technology Fields of Study


Applicants must plan to study in one of the following fields:

  • Aeronautics and Astronomics/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agriculture (theoretical or research-based focus only)
  • Astronomy / Planetary Sciences
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences/Engineering
  • Energy
  • Engineering (electrical, chemical, civil, mechanical, ocean, and petroleum)
  • Environmental Science/Engineering
  • Geology / Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Information Sciences / Engineering (engineering focus only; business-focused study is not eligible)
  • Materials Science/Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Neuroscience / Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Public Health (research or theoretical focus only)

    While agriculture tends to be a fairly applied field of study, those wishing to pursue theoretical and research-based study in such areas as entomology, plant biology, plant pathology, and soil science are eligible for this Award.

    Field of Study Subfield:

    The information below provides a very brief field of study description.

    While it is ourintent to provide general information, please understand that the listing of fields is not exhaustive nor are the definitions encyclopedic.

    Descriptions are the result of using IIE'sinternal information as well as researching internet sources.

    Aeronautics & Astronomics / Aeronautical/ Engineering:

    The science, theory and practice of flight, which includes designing, making, and flying an aircraft.

    Agriculture: It is a very broad discipline; frequently study is very applied.

    However, for this award, programs need to be researched based and theoretical.


    The branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole.

    It is the science involving the observation and theories about the solar system, the stars, the galaxies, and the general structure of space.

    Astronomy also includes cosmology, which is the study of the structure, origin, and evolution of the universe.


    Biology is the science of life.

    Biological sciences are generally divided into the study of animals and plants.

    Biology is concerned with the characteristics and behaviors of organisms, how species and individuals come into existence, and the interactions they have with each other and with their environment.

    Biomedical Engineering:

    The discipline concerned with the development and manufacturing of prostheses, medical devices, diagnostic devices, drugs and other therapies.

    It is a field that combines the expertise of engineering with medical needs for the progress of health care. This field is more concerned with biological, safety and regulatory issues than other forms of engineering.

    Brain and Cognitive Science:

    The scientific study of the mind or intelligence.

    It is a highly interdisciplinary research area, in which psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, computer science, anthropology, biology, and physics are its principal specialized or applied branches.


    The branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances, their properties, reactions and effects upon one another.

    Computer Science:

    The systematic study of computing systems and computation.

    The body of knowledge resulting from this discipline contains theories for understanding computing systems and methods; design methodology, algorithms, and tools; methods for the testing of concepts; methods of analysis and verification; and knowledge representation and implementation.


    A highly interdisciplinary field that combines engineering, chemistry, physics, environmental science and public policy in order to develop and improve the operation and design of energy systems.


    The practical application of science to commerce or industry; the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems.

    Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Meteorology:

    The comprehensive study of the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of the earth's atmosphere, from the earth's surface to several hundred kilometers; this usually includes atmospheric chemistry, aeronomy,magnetospheric physics, and solar influences on the entire region.

    Meteorology is the scientific study of the atmosphere that focuses on weather processes and forecasting.

    Meteorological phenomena are observable weather events which illuminate and are explained by the science of meteorology. Those events are bound by the variables that exist in Earth's atmosphere.

    They are temperature, pressure, water vapor, and the gradients and interactions of each variable, and how they change in time.

    Environmental Science:

    The systematic, scientific study of our environment as well as our role in it. Environmental science is the science of the interactions between the physical, chemical, and biological components of the environment, including their effects on all types of organisms but more often refers to human impact on the environment.


    Geology is the science and study of the Earth, its composition, structure, physical properties, history, and the processes that shape it.

    It is one of the Earth sciences.

    It is the science devoted to the study of the structure and evolution of the earth's crust; the forces acting to deform the outer layers of the Earth and create ocean basins and continents; the processes that modify the Earth's surface.

    Information Sciences/ Engineering:

    Information Science or Informatics is the science of information. It is often, though not exclusively, studied as a branch of computer science and information technology and is related to database, ontology and software engineering.

    Material Science/ Engineering:

    Materials science is a multidisciplinary field focusing on functional solids, whether the function served is structural, electronic, thermal, chemical, magnetic, optical, or some combination of these.

    It uses those parts of chemistry and physics that deal with the properties of materials, but also includes a distinctive set of scientific techniques that probe materials structure


    A science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement.


    The field of study that deals with the structure, function, development, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology of the nervous system, consisting of the nerve pathways that run throughout the body.

    The study of behavior and learning is also a division of neuroscience.


    Oceanography or marine science is the study of the Earth's oceans and seas.

    Oceanographers study a wide range of topics such as plate tectonics to ocean currents to marine organisms.

    These diverse topics reflect multiple disciplines that oceanographers blend to help us understand Earth's interdependencies: biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics.


    The science of matter and energy and their interactions.

    It is the branch of science that describes matter, energy, space and time at its most fundamental level.

    The goal of physics is to find the most basic laws that govern the universe.

    All subfields of Physics can be divided into theoretical or experimental.

    Planetary Science:

    Planetary science, also known as planetology or planetary astronomy, is the science of planets and the solar system.

    Planetary science may be considered a part of the Earth sciences, or more logically, as its parent field.

    Research tends to be done by a combination of astronomy, space exploration (particularly unmanned space missions), and comparative, experimental and meteorite work based on Earth

    Public Health:

    The science of maintaining, protecting and improving the health of communities through disease and injury prevention research.

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