Information for Visiting Scholars (OLF)

Visiting Scholar Eligibility

Fulbright Visiting Scholars, whose grant length exceeds three months, are strongly encouraged to maximize the impact of her/his exchange experience by giving lectures to various U.S. audiences of higher education.  The U.S. Department of State provides these travel awards (through IIE/CIES) to scholars to help offset the cost of traveling within the United States to interested institutions.

Please note: Scholars will not receive funding for trips to meet with colleagues and friends in other parts of the United States, or to attend conferences. If scholars wish to attend conferences, we encourage you to also find a local Priority Institution (xlsx) to also lecture at to be in compliance with the Outreach Lecturing Fund’s eligibility.

Visiting Scholar Eligibility Criteria

  • The scholar must be on a grant of at least three months.
  • The application for a scholar to receive an OLF must be submitted by the host institution at least one month prior to proposed lecture.
  • The scholar cannot go on an OLF within the last month of their Fulbright Grant.
  • Each scholar wishing to attend an OLF must have a valid SSN or ITIN at the time of application. The scholar will email a copy of their card to OLF@iie.org.
  • The scholar must have a U.S. bank account and submit a copy of their EFT Authorization form along with a voided check.
  • Travel must be at least 75 miles away from the scholars host institution to qualify for an OLF.

Benefits to Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars can benefit U.S. students and faculty of host institutions and their communities by discussing their Fulbright experience, speaking about their home culture and country, and by providing access and expertise in their fields. The Outreach Lecturing Fund allows scholars to gain a deeper understanding of Higher Education within the United States and experience other regions within the United States.

Additionally, Visiting Scholars are given the opportunity to gain professional development through these lectureships, while expanding their network.