The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative two- to six-week projects at eligible institutions in over 140 countries worldwide. Shorter grant lengths give Specialists greater flexibility to pursue projects that work best with their current academic or professional commitments. International travel costs and a per day grant payment are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating host institutions cover grantee in-country expenses or provide in-kind services.
Project requests are submitted by non-U.S. institutions and focus on strengthening and supporting institutions’ development needs. Eligible activities include short-term lecturing, conducting seminars, teacher training, assessments and evaluations, special conferences or workshops, as well as collaborating on faculty development and curriculum or institutional planning.
How the Program Works (Prezi Presentation)
- The application and merit peer review process for U.S. Roster Candidacy Admission:
U.S. faculty and professionals apply to join a Roster of Specialists for a five-year term. Roster candidates are reviewed by peers in their discipline and by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB).
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- The Specialist Project Request Submission and Approval Process:
Eligible non-U.S. institutions wanting to host a Fulbright Specialist submit Specialist Project Request forms through the Fulbright commissions or U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Sections in their home countries. Projects must be reviewed and approved by the Fulbright office in their home country and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Non-U.S. Institutions - Find out more about hosting a Fulbright Specialist
CIES completes matchmaking of a Roster candidate with an approved project and administers Specialist grants on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.
- To increase the participation of leading U.S. scholars and professionals in Fulbright academic exchanges
- To encourage new activities that go beyond the core Fulbright activities of lecturing and research
- To promote increased connections between U.S. and non-U.S. institutions
Sample Fulbright Specialist Activities
- Conduct needs assessments, surveys, institutional or programmatic research at non-U.S. post-secondary, degree granting academic institutions
- Take part in specialized academic programs and conferences in conjunction with other scheduled activities
- Consult with administrators and instructors of non-U.S. post-secondary, degree granting institutions on faculty development
- Present lectures at graduate and undergraduate levels
- Participate in or lead seminars or workshops at non-U.S. post-secondary, degree granting academic institutions
- Develop and/or assess academic curricula or educational materials at non-U.S. post-secondary, degree granting academic institutions
- Conduct teacher-training programs at the degree granting level
Note: Personal and clinical medical research as well as related projects involving patient contact are not allowed.
Grant Terms and Conditions
If you would like to share your own Fulbright Specialist story, submit pictures or other media from your time abroad, a blog-style entry about your grant experience, or a comment about the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.