Institutions Served by S-I-R
A Unique Collaboration Among Fulbright, Institutions and Surrounding Communities
The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program is unique among the initiatives under the Fulbright Scholar Program because it is specifically-designed to help institutions, especially those underrepresented in the internationalization of higher education.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Asian-American and Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions, community colleges and small and liberal-arts institutions, are primarily served by the S-I-R Program. Any institution in which a racial or ethnic minority makes up 50 percent or more of enrollment may also participate in S-I-R funding.
A minority-serving institution with a fully-developed international program can also participate in the S-I-R program. But it must clearly demonstrate how the proposed Scholar will significantly enhance or expand an existing international program, serve students, help the campus and benefit the surrounding community. An institution that has participated in S-I-R may also submit a proposal; the proposal will only be considered after proposals from institutions that have not previously participated in the program.
The S-I-R Program also funds collaborations between U.S. institutions looking to host a scholar from outside the United States. Such joint ventures may include an underrepresented institution and a U.S. institution already engaged in some form of campus internationalization or a consortium of institutions looking to improve their global presence.
The benefits provided by S-I-R come by the way of a unique collaboration between four participants…
- The S-I-R Program provides a share of the salary for a Scholar-in-Residence (as much as $3,145 a month), along with travel expenses and an allowance for up to two dependents.
- The participating institution(s) provides a salary supplement and assistance with professional expenses; housing or other in-kind remuneration can substitute for the salary supplement. The institution is also expected to provide the Scholar-in-Residence with professional development opportunities such as attendance at conferences within the scholar’s discipline.
- The Scholar-in-Residence works across departments and curricula. This ranges from teaching undergraduate courses to advising on curriculum and faculty development. The institution gains from the expertise provided and the Scholar attains experience in U.S. higher education.
- The community, through the institution, provides the Visiting Scholar opportunities to participate in speaking engagement, community meetings and other grassroots activities. Through this, the institution can diversify the experiences of – and build goodwill among – the community. The S-I-R Program promotes racial, cultural and intellectual diversity among the college and the wider community.
A list of institutions who have participated in the S-I-R Program is available, along with case studies of successful participants among Historically Black Colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, community colleges , other minority serving institutions and small, liberal arts institutions.