The U.S. Department of State provides funding, known as the Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF), through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), to enable Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are in the United States, for a grant longer than three months, to accept guest lecturing invitations at colleges and universities throughout the U.S.
The Outreach Lecturing Fund Allows US Institutions to Invite Fulbright Visiting Scholars to:
- Give department or campus-wide lectures to students or faculty (or both);
- Hold lectures in classrooms where the scholar can make a contribution to the discipline;
- Meet with faculty to allow for an exchange of ideas;
- Have informal gatherings with students and faculty;
- Meet with community organizations or religious groups that have a special interest in international relations.
Responsibilities of Institutions and Organizations Hosting Outreach Lecturers
Institutions wishing to invite a Fulbright Scholar for an Outreach Lecturing Fund visit should develop a comprehensive plan of activities and arrangements to share with the scholar well in advance of the proposed visit. Additionally, institutions are required to return a completed workshop invitation template to OLF Staff.
Host institutions are expected 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 Outreach Lecturing 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.
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 Outreach Lecturing Fund visits by consulting the Fulbright Visiting (Non-U.S.) Scholar List. The 2014-15 List will be posted on the CIES Website during the first week of October, 2014. 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
Outreach Lecturing 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 Outreach Lecturing 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 Outreach Lecturing 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 Outreach Lecturing Fund visit is completed and the Program Evaluation Form is submitted to CIES.
Visits to Underrepresented Institutions
For immediate consideration and approval, scholars are strongly encouraged to apply for guest lecturing visits to the following types of institutions:
- Minority Serving Institutions (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions AANAPISI, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions ANNH, Historically Black Colleges and Universities HBCU, Hispanic Serving Institutions HSI, Tribal Colleges and Universities TCU)
- Community Colleges
- Small Liberal Arts Colleges
- Geographically underrepresented institutions (universities in the Mountain States, Midwest, and South are considered geographically underrepresented)
An OLF trip that involves visits to more than one institution is recommended to broaden the scholar’s educational and professional experience.