Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program assists U.S. higher education institutions in expanding programs of academic exchange. By supporting non-U.S. scholars through grants for teaching at institutions that might not have a strong international component, both the U.S. institution and the scholar grantee benefit.

One of the few Fulbright programs that serves institutions, S-I-R gives preference to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, community colleges, small, liberal arts institutions, Asian-American and Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions - AANAPISI and American Indian and Alaskan Native - AIANSIs and Predominantly Black Institutions- PBIs. There are opportunities for other institutions to partner with preference organizations. Your institution is invited to learn how S-I-R can help advance its international presence, assist in faculty and curriculum development, and diversify the educational experiences of its students, scholars and surrounding community.


S-I-R Flyers, Brief Stories and Case Studies

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Contact Cecilia Kocinski-Mulder, ckocinskimulder@iie.org, (202) 686-6240

Last year, 46 institutions took advantage of the opportunities provided by the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program to internationalize programs, develop curricula and faculty, and diversify student and faculty experiences. Your institution is invited to learn how it can take advantage of S-I-R benefits in 2015-2016.

Community Colleges

Bellevue Community College, WA hosted a scholar from Brazil to help the college promote pluralism within our increasingly global society and to add a Latin American perspective to its international studies program and social science division. The S-I-R taught interdisciplinary courses in Latin American history, political science, economics and international affairs.

City College of San Francisco, CA hosted a scholar from the Philippines who assisted in establishing a Certificate in Philippine Language program-the first of its kind in the United States. In addition to teaching responsibilities, the S-I-R facilitated a series of speaking engagements and professional development sessions related to her expertise in Philippine language, literature and feminist issues in Philippine culture and society.

Illinois Valley Community College, IL hosted a S-I-R from Ghana who developed and taught a new course entitled "Introduction to African Political Systems." The scholar also served as a guest lecturer in courses with modules on Africa and participated in a series of speaking engagements with community leaders, schools and service organizations.

State University of New York-College at Cortland, NY hosted a named scholar from the Czech Republic who taught classes in women's studies, art history, and aesthetics. The S-I-R helped faculty to internationalize the college's curriculum and develop linkages in Central Europe.

San Juan College, NM in rural New Mexico received a theater director from Bern, Switzerland who team taught classes in the theater department. In addition, the S-I-R directed a multicultural production of a Greek tragedy and was available as an international arts resource person for the campus and local community.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Hosting Scholar-in-Residence

Southern University and A&M College, LA The university system's College of Business hosted an S-I-R from Armenia to enhance its international business curriculum. The scholar taught economics and business courses and conducted seminars focusing on transition economies in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The S-I-R also participated in a variety of outreach activities in the local chamber of commerce and Rotary Club.

Saint Paul's College, VA The college, affiliated with the Episcopal Church, hosted a scholar from Nigeria. The S-I-R taught courses in Islamic studies, helped develop the new concentration in religious and philosophical studies, served as a resource person to faculty and gave guest lectures in the local community.

Savannah State University, GA The university received a scholar from the University of Ghana to teach and develop courses in literature and African studies. The S-I-R helped recruit students and faculty for the institution's Ghana study abroad program and served as a guest lecturer and resource person in the community.

Claflin University, SC The university hosted an S-I-R from India to teach and internationalize the business curriculum. He also delivered lectures concerning India's economic transformation at different colleges and business organizations in South Carolina.

Hispanic Serving Institutions Hosting Scholar-in-Residence

Otero Junior College, CO This small, rural community college requested a named scholar from Trnava University, Slovakia, to help internationalize its nursing program, which has been drawing increasing numbers of international students. The scholar added an important cross-cultural, comparative perspective on nursing. She also taught courses in cultural assessment and intervention, commonalities of nursing, and nursing management, and participated in the college's "Heritage Week."

Whittier College, CA Whittier's goal in applying for an S-I-R was to internationalize its innovative curriculum, increase study abroad opportunities, and expand exchange opportunities. To this end, Whittier requested a Humanities S-I-R from China who brought first-hand knowledge and awareness of Asian culture and traditions, and contributed to discussions about a new major in International and Cross-Cultural Studies.

University of the Incarnate Word, TX Most UIW undergraduates are "first-generation" college students with little international exposure. While UIW has experienced a growth in the Asian-American students on campus, there has not been a corresponding increase in courses that address these changes. The University requested a scholar from India as their S-I-R, who brought an international perspective to the teaching of world and American history courses, and was involved in many aspects of university life from curriculum development to student advising.

Universidad Metropolitana, PR UMET requested a visiting scholar from Brazil who enhanced the content of the environmental sciences curriculum, led a faculty team in developing a new course on environmental planning and conservation analysis, and gave guest lectures on campus and in the community in his field of expertise.

Liberal Arts Institutions Hosting Scholar-in-Residence

Austin College, TX requested a named scholar from the University of Hyderabad, India in the field of anthropology to help strengthen the college's Asian studies program by adding expertise on South Asia. Over the course of the year, the scholar taught several courses, including: population and society, cultural anthropology, introduction to Asian studies, and gender and development in local South Asia. He was also a featured presenter during the college's Asia Week and gave guest lectures to local civic organizations and the public schools.

Baldwin-Wallace College, OH hosted a specialist in environmental sciences from Ecuador who taught a course on Latin American environmental issues, helped the college develop its FLAC (foreign languages across the curriculum) program, and helped design an orientation program for students that participate in the college's study abroad program in Ecuador.

Beloit College, WI hosted a scholar from Kenya who helped internationalize its sociology and education curricula, brought social science perspectives to environmental and development studies courses, and strengthened the sub-Saharan African content in its anthropology courses. The scholar also taught courses on HIV/AIDS education and African Studies. She worked with faculty on curricular development and participated in outreach activities on and off-campus.

Roanoke College, VA hosted a scholar in the field of history from Morocco who taught courses on North African and Middle Eastern history and culture, developed faculty expertise on the Middle East, and contributed to the college's goals for global awareness as well as enhanced its emphasis on teaching non-Western cultures.

Chaminade University of Honolulu, HI, a native Hawaiian-serving Institution, hosted a professor from Germany who collaborated with its humanities department in teaching philosophy and history courses. He also brought a cross-disciplinary, European perspective to the university's undergraduate program by developing a new course on ethics and moral psychology, which has since become part of its curriculum. In addition, the S-I-R was instrumental in initiating a long-term partnership between Chaminade and the Free University of Berli.

May 20, 2014 | New proposals can be submitted
October 15, 2014 | The deadline for 2015-2016 proposals
December, 2014 | CIES external committee reviews proposals
January 2015 | CIES notifies applicants of review outcome
Jan. - Feb. 2015 | Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board review recommended proposals.
CIES confirms institutional funding
Jan. - April 2015 | Fulbright Commissions or Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies abroad recruit and/or review prospective