The Occasional Lecturing Fund enables Visiting Scholars to:
- Share their specific research interests;
- Speak on the history and culture of their countries;
- Exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty and community organizations;
- Become better acquainted with U.S. higher education; and
- Create linkages between their home and host institutions.
Visits to Minority Serving Institutions
For immediate consideration and approval, scholars are strongly encouraged to apply for guest lecturing visits to Minority Serving Institutions. An OLF trip that involves visits to more than one institution is recommended to broaden scholar’s educational and professional experience. To become familiar with the U.S. colleges and universities in Minority Serving Institution categories, please click on the links below:
Inviting a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to your Campus
Faculty and professional staff of U.S. colleges and universities can identify scholars to invite to their campuses for Occasional Lecturer Fund visits by consulting the Fulbright Visiting (Non-U.S.) Scholar List. The 2012-2013 List will be posted on the CIES Website during the first week of October, 2012. After a suitable visiting scholar is identified, representatives of the inviting U.S. institution may contact the scholar directly via the faculty associate and host institution department information on the List, or they can contact CIES staff to obtain scholars' contact information.
Recipient of the OLF Travel Award
Occasional Lecturer Awards are provided directly to the Fulbright Visiting Scholars who apply for and receive funding approval for the proposed OLF trip. To apply for a travel award, a scholar must submit all materials to CIES at least one month before the visit is to take place. Scholars must submit a formal letter of invitation from an institution, in which the institution indicates the dates of the Occasional Lecturer Fund visit and the lecture topic, as well as a completed application form. Within one week of receiving the application, CIES will inform the scholar whether or not the Occasional Lecturer Fund Travel Award has been approved. The scholar is responsible for purchasing an airline ticket or arranging some other means of transportation, such as a train, bus or rental car. The Fulbright Visiting Scholar will receive the approved OLF travel award through a direct deposit into the scholar’s U.S. bank account within two weeks after the Occasional Lecturer Fund visit is completed and the Program Evaluation Form is submitted to CIES.
Responsibilities of Institutions and Organizations Hosting Occasional Lecturers
Institutions wishing to invite a Fulbright Scholar for an Occasional Lecturer Fund visit should develop a comprehensive plan of activities and arrangements to share with the scholar well in advance of the proposed visit.
Host institutions are asked to cover the following costs for the scholar:
- Local transportation
- Lodging accommodations
It is important to inform the scholar, prior to arrival, about the support the host institution will provide. Institutions should also provide the scholar with a formal letter of invitation as early as possible. The scholar will need this letter to formally apply for an Occasional Lecturer Fund Travel Award from CIES. If an institution wishes to offer a scholar an honorarium for the guest lecture, the scholar must request a letter of approval from CIES ahead of time in order to accept the funds.
Length of Visit
The length of the lecturer's stay at the institution will depend upon the particular interests of the academic community or organization and the facilities available. The period, however, should allow an opportunity for the scholar to become acquainted with the host institution. A program of two to three days is suggested; a longer period may be advisable if visits to several institutions are planned.
Suggested Activities for Occasional Lecturers
Visiting Lecturers have engaged in the following activities in the past:
- Department or campus-wide lectures to students or faculty (or both);
- Lectures in classrooms where the scholar can make a contribution to the discipline;
- Faculty meetings that allow for an exchange of ideas;
- Informal gatherings of students and faculty;
- Home hospitality offered by faculty;
- Meetings with community organizations or religious groups that have a special interest in international relations.