Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq


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Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq is designed to bring junior scholars to U.S. host institutions for faculty development, mentoring, and cultural exchange activities. The intent of this 10-week program is to equip scholars with the knowledge and tools needed to build the capacity of their home institutions and to advance the education of future generations. In addition, it lays the foundation for junior scholars and their U.S. hosts to develop long-term institutional relationships and to identify areas of cooperation that can be sustained beyond the grant period.

Participating institutions will enjoy a unique opportunity to establish lasting relationships with faculty members at universities within Iraq and to build upon current efforts to internationalize their campuses and surrounding communities. Download Flyer >

Goals:

  • Build higher education capacity in scholars’ home country through faculty development and mentoring for junior scholars
  • Foster long-term collaboration and institutional linkages between scholars and U.S. academics
  • Promote mutual understanding between scholars’ home country and Americans by facilitating the scholars’ engagement with the broader host campus community

CIES seeks two host institutions to implement the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, this 10-week summer program is scheduled to take place June 30, 2017 through September 8, 2017. Scholars will be distributed across the following discipline-based cohorts:

  • Law and Human Rights
  • Business Administration and Global Entrepreneurship

CIES anticipates six scholars will comprise each of the cohorts. Institutions interested in hosting must submit a proposal to host one of the available cohorts.

Program Components:
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq includes a 10-week program at a U.S. university host campus. Components of the program include:

  • Arrival orientation
  • Academic program on campus focused on teaching methodology, pedagogy, curriculum development, educational technology, leadership in education, U.S. higher education, higher education administration, academic support structures, research methodology, and grant proposal writing
  • Various cultural and community engagement activities
  • Scholar mentorship by U.S. host institution faculty

Iraqi Scholars:
The scholars will be nominated through an open, merit-based competition run by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Baghdad. Final selection of the scholars will be made in February 2017. The scholars will be, at a minimum, full-time instructors or lecturers with MA/MS degrees.  Some may have Ph.D. degrees. All scholars will also have several years of university-level teaching experience in one of the academic disciplines. They will be highly motivated to engage with colleagues and others within their communities and campuses in the United States. Every effort will be made to select candidates representing a broad range of universities and regions throughout Iraq.

Iraqi scholars interested in applying to the program should visit the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq information page on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad’s website. Interested scholar applicants will find additional information regarding the program, deadlines for application submission to the U.S. Embassy, and a link to the online application. For direct access to this information page please click on the following link (iraq.usembassy.gov).
Grant/Program Dates or Duration:

June 30 – September 8, 2017

Host Institution Proposal Deadline:
December 14, 2016

Contact Us:
juniorfaculty@iie.org

Host Institution Eligibility:

Institutions submitting proposals to host a cohort for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq must meet the following criteria to be considered for an award:

  • Demonstrated strengths and ability to host junior faculty in one of the program’s academic disciplines;
  • Registered institution of higher education duly organized and existing under the laws of the host institution’s state of incorporation;
  • Experienced with designing and implementing specialized, intensive professional development programs for faculty;
  • Demonstrated understanding of higher education in junior scholars’ home country;
  • Eligibility to receive federal funds and not be disbarred;
  • Accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S Department of Education, as being a reliable authority.

Proposal Deadline: December 14, 2016 (11:59 p.m. EST) 

The 10-week program is scheduled for June 30 – September 8, 2017.

December 14, 2016 |

Deadline for Host Institution Proposals to CIES

February 2017 |

Anticipated Notification of Host Institution Selection

March 2017 |

Anticipated Date of Host Campus Agreement Execution

April 2017 |

Digital Video Conference (DVC) Orientations with CIES for U.S. Host Institutions

June 30, 2017 |

Scholars Arrive at Host Institution

June/early July 2017 |

On-Site Orientation – CIES Staff Member On-Site

End August 2017 |

Mid-program Evaluation – CIES Staff Member On-site

August 27-30, 2017 |

Washington, DC Re-entry Workshop

September 8, 2017 |

Participants Depart for Iraq

October, 2017 |

Host Institution Submits Final Program Report, Financial Report, and Invoice

Request for Proposal

For information on how to submit a proposal, please review the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq request for proposal on IIE’s Subawards and Procurements webpage. (RFP No.: D401-FVSI-12.7.16)

Frequently Asked Questions | Iraq

  1. What housing arrangements must be made available to each scholar?
  2. Will institutions need to provide daily meals for the scholars?
  3. What are the formatting requirements for the proposal and are there page limits?
  4. What is the minimum and maximum number of participants that an institution needs to host under the program?
  5. Can an institution apply to host multiple cohorts?
  6. Can you tell us from which type of institution the visiting professors would most likely represent?
  7. Do you have any estimation of just how much time scholars tend to spend per week with their mentors?
  8. How should proposals and supporting documentation be submitted?
  9. Is it possible for a host institution to host a cohort discipline for multiple program years?
  10. May an institution submit a proposal that includes a partnership with another institution in implementing the program?
  11. Can faculty members from outside the host department serve as mentors if they work on issues relevant to a given cohort and share similar academic backgrounds and research interests with the scholars?
  12. Are housing arrangements where each scholar has a private bedroom and bathroom but where each two scholars share a kitchen, acceptable?
  13. What is meant by “Department of Education recognized institution"?

  1. What housing arrangements must be made available to each scholar?
    Individual furnished accommodations are required for every scholar including private bedroom, kitchen, bathroom facilities, wireless internet access, and must be either walking distance from the campus or accessible via a campus shuttle or public/local transportation that is readily available on evenings and weekends, as well as during the workweek. The scholars may not share a communal kitchen. Generally, graduate housing or campus residence halls are inappropriate. Studio or apartment-style housing is expected.
     
  2. Will institutions need to provide daily meals for the scholars?
    No, the scholars will receive stipend payments directly from CIES at the start of the program, which will allow them to pay for their daily living expenses. Institutions are required to meet the cultural needs of the participants including accessibility of halal food, if necessary. Please note that a short portion of the program will take place during Ramadan, which will end approximately on July 5, 2016.
     
  3. What are the formatting requirements for the proposal and are there page limits?
    Please reference the Request for Proposal (RFP No.: D401-FVSI-12.7.16) for details on formatting and page limit requirements. Narratives are not to exceed five double-spaced pages (1 inch margins).
     
  4. What is the minimum and maximum number of participants that an institution needs to host under the program?
    The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq will have approximately four scholars for the TEFL and Engineering cohorts. The Cultural Heritage Preservation cohort will be comprised of up to six scholars. All participants are subject to visa approvals which may impact a cohort’s final number of scholars.
     
  5. Can an institution apply to host multiple cohorts?
    The U.S. Department of State will consider proposals to host multiple cohorts.  While institutions have been chosen to host multiple cohorts concurrently in past years, it is unlikely that a single institution will be chosen to host one cohort across all programs.
     
  6. Can you tell us from which type of institution the visiting professors would most likely represent?
    All types of diversity, including geographical and institutional, are important to the Fulbright Program. Representation is sought from public universities throughout Iraq that grant undergraduate and graduate degrees.
     
  7. Do you have any estimation of just how much time scholars tend to spend per week with their mentors?
    The program requires the mentors to meet at least once a week with their respective scholars. The visiting scholars may request more one on one time with their mentors at the beginning of the program and then show more flexibility once their individual projects are underway.

    A mentor may be away from campus during part of the program. In that case, we would ask the mentor to communicate his/her schedule with the scholar and make alternative arrangements (i.e. having the scholar meet with another mentor/faculty member) while the mentor is unavailable.
     
  8. How should proposals and supporting documentation be submitted?
    Proposals should be saved in PDF file format and emailed to juniorfaculty@iie.org. In the subject line of the email please indicate the program country and cohort discipline for which the proposal is submitted. All proposals must be received by 11:59 P.M. EST, on December 4, 2015 for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq. 
     
  9. Is it possible for a host institution to host a cohort discipline for multiple program years?
    Host institution agreements with CIES include a conditional renewal provision that offers the option for the host institution to host the up to three program year cycles for the country and cohort discipline that they were originally approved. Renewal approvals will be based on the host institution’s performance during previous host program cycles. Host institutions may request to host scholars from one of the other available program countries if the same cohort discipline is offered.
     
  10. May an institution submit a proposal that includes a partnership with another institution in implementing the program?
    Yes. The proposal should explain the details of this partnership, and the funds requested should remain within the maximum allowable per scholar for administrative, program, and housing expenses.
     
  11. Can faculty members from outside the host department serve as mentors if they work on issues relevant to a given cohort and share similar academic backgrounds and research interests with the scholars?
    Yes. Once scholars and host institutions are selected, and prior to the scholars’ arrival in the U.S., IIE/CIES will share information about the scholars’ academic backgrounds and research interests with host institutions. This will allow institutions to match each scholar with an appropriate mentor that has a similar academic background and research interests, and who may come from a different department than the department hosting a specific cohort.
     
  12. Are housing arrangements where each scholar has a private bedroom and bathroom but where each two scholars share a kitchen, acceptable?
    No. the program requires housing arrangements where each scholar has a private bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom.
     
  13. What is meant by “Department of Education recognized institution"?
    One of the host institution eligibility requirements is for the institution to be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as being a reliable authority. More information on U.S. Department of Education accrediting agencies can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.  To find out if your institution is accredited by a U.S. Department of Education recognized accrediting agency, please search the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs at: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
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