FAQs | Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program

  1. My institution has limited resources. Will our proposal be accepted if we do not offer any salary supplement or in-kind support?
  2. My institution is not a Minority Serving Institution, Small Liberal Arts College or Community College. Are we eligible to apply for an S-I-R grant?
  3. My institution is a Minority Serving Institution that already has strong international ties. Are we eligible to apply for an S-I-R award?
  4. My institution enrolls a large proportion of minority students. Will we be given priority status under the S-I-R program?
  5. What U.S. institutions have participated in the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program?
  6. Our institution benefited so much from the S-I-R Program last year. May we apply to host again?
  7. My institution does not have much experience writing and submitting proposals. Should we even consider submitting a proposal for a Fulbright S-IR award?
  8. Can an institution apply to host more than one scholar at a time?
  9. Is preference given to proposals with named scholars?
  10. Our institution proposes to bring a scholar who is not in the humanities or social sciences. Is it appropriate for us to apply for an S-I-R award?
  11. Our institution seeks to bring a scholar to teach foreign language. Is it appropriate for us to apply for an S-I-R award?
  12. My institution would like to apply for an S-I-R award and name someone who was recently in the United States on a Fulbright Scholar award. Is this acceptable?
  13. My institution seeks to host someone who has limited English language skills. Is this acceptable?
  14. Our institution is interested in hosting a professional from another country, is this appropriate?
  15. What are the criteria for selecting institutions for the S-I-R award?
  16. What are the reviewers looking for in the section on “Community resources” under “Information about the institution?”
  17. What are the reviewers looking for in the section on “professional enrichment?”
  18. What kind of outreach activities should we include in our proposal?
  19. Which is the most important goal of the program: to serve the institution or to serve the scholar?

  1. My institution has limited resources. Will our proposal be accepted if we do not offer any salary supplement or in-kind support?
    Financial contributions are evaluated on the basis of the institution’s capacity to contribute. Institutions are encouraged to think creatively about ways they can provide in-kind support. Some examples of in-kind support include housing, transportation, on campus meal tickets, apartment furnishing, professional allowances for scholars to attend conferences, etc. Please consult the S-I-R Program contact for more information.
     
  2. My institution is not a Minority Serving Institution, Small Liberal Arts College or Community College. Are we eligible to apply for an S-I-R grant?
    Yes, all accredited U.S. institutions of higher education are eligible to apply to the program. However, the primary objective of the Scholar-in-Residence Program is to bring visiting scholars and professionals to minority serving institutions and/or to campuses that do not have a particularly strong international presence. Institutions not in the priority categories can enhance their chances by applying in partnership with a priority institution.
     
  3. My institution is a Minority Serving Institution that already has strong international ties. Are we eligible to apply for an S-I-R award?
    Yes, the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence competition does not exclude institutions with existing international programs or those that have other opportunities to host visiting scholars, but these types of institutions need to demonstrate clearly how the proposed S-I-R will significantly enhance or expand any existing international program, serve the students and the campus, and benefit surrounding communities.
     
  4. My institution enrolls a large proportion of minority students. Will we be given priority status under the S-I-R program?
    Yes. In addition to giving priority to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), American Indian and Alaska Native Serving Institution (AIANSIs) including Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), , Asian American and Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), the S-I-R Program gives priority to other Minority Serving Institutions whose composite student enrollment is at least 50 percent racial and/or ethnic minority.
     
  5. What U.S. institutions have participated in the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program?
    A list of recent participants is available here.
     
  6. Our institution benefited so much from the S-I-R Program last year. May we apply to host again?
    Immediate re-application to the program is discouraged.
     
  7. My institution does not have much experience writing and submitting proposals. Should we even consider submitting a proposal for a Fulbright S-IR award?
    During the spring and summer months, IIE/CIES will conduct a series of 16 Webinars to assist colleges and universities in preparing successful Scholar-in-Residence proposals. IIE/CIES staff is also available to provide guidance and feedback on draft proposals that are submitted to IIE/CIES up to two weeks before the application deadline. The S-I-R program welcomes first-time applicants and encourages all applicants to discuss their proposals with the IIE/CIES Program Officer (contact information included at the beginning of the guidelines).
     
  8. Can an institution apply to host more than one scholar at a time?
    Yes. However, only one proposal and one scholar will be funded.
     
  9. Is preference given to proposals with named scholars?
    No. The Application Guidelines For Institutions state that it is not necessary to name a scholar and notes that most U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions abroad are quite willing to recruit candidates.
     
  10. Our institution proposes to bring a scholar who is not in the humanities or social sciences. Is it appropriate for us to apply for an S-I-R award?
    Reviewers assess whether the subject/discipline is approached as an international or public policy issue and whether the scholar’s activities have the potential to engage the entire campus. Institutions seeking purely scientific exchanges should not apply for the Scholar-in-Residence Program. All proposals must include a compelling argument for the impact of the S-I-R on the campus and community.
     
  11. Our institution seeks to bring a scholar to teach foreign language. Is it appropriate for us to apply for an S-I-R award?
    Proposals requesting foreign language teaching must also have the Scholar-in-Residence teach about their home country’s, customs, culture and society.
     
  12. My institution would like to apply for an S-I-R award and name someone who was recently in the United States on a Fulbright Scholar award. Is this acceptable?
    Preference is given to scholars who have not had opportunities to teach, study or conduct research in the United States for an extended period within the past five years. If you request a scholar with such recent experience in the United States, the proposal must give special justification (please check with IIE/CIES regarding questions about the eligibility of the scholar). The review committee may recommend the proposal on the condition that a different scholar be identified for the award.
     
  13. My institution seeks to host someone who has limited English language skills. Is this acceptable?
    No, the scholar must be able to lecture in English. The scholar’s proficiency in English should allow him or her to successfully perform their collegiate teaching duties and speak at community events.
     
  14. Our institution is interested in hosting a professional from another country, is this appropriate?
    Yes, provided the individual has the appropriate teaching experience. The S-I-R Guidelines encourage institutions to consider not only academics, but professionals in the media, government, the arts and from other fields. Professionals and artists have successfully participated in the S-I-R Program.
     
  15. What are the criteria for selecting institutions for the S-I-R award?
    There are two principal factors reviewers consider; (1) the benefits of the proposed program to the institution and (2) the quality of the program proposed, including: the academic and community outreach activities, plans for other campus activities, professional enrichment opportunities for the scholar and the sustainable impact of the S-I-R’s presence. Proposals that closely follow the Application Guidelines For Institutions tend to be the strongest and therefore more likely to be recommended for an S-I-R award.
     
  16. What are the reviewers looking for in the section on “Community resources” under “Information about the institution?”
    This section should indicate what educational, social and cultural organizations, activities and events in the community might be attractive to a Scholar-in-Residence. These should be resources where the scholar can learn from the community and where the community can learn from the scholar.
     
  17. What are the reviewers looking for in the section on “professional enrichment?”
    Opportunities institutions can provide for their S-I-R’s professional development such as attendance of professional conferences, introductions to colleagues in the same discipline at other institutions, collaborative research projects with faculty members, access to research or other academic facilities, etc.
     
  18. What kind of outreach activities should we include in our proposal?
    Provide letters from civic, religious, professional and cultural community organizations, schools and school districts and other groups and organizations expressing an interest in hosting the S-I-R for substantive public speaking 17 engagements and other outreach activities.
     
  19. Which is the most important goal of the program: to serve the institution or to serve the scholar?
    Service to the institution is the most important goal. Other Fulbright Programs support scholars who are selected to pursue their own research and lecturing interests.