Qualified U.S. scholars and professionals apply throughout the calendar year
for candidacy on the Fulbright Specialists
Roster. Peer review is conducted eight times
each year. CIES builds lists of qualified Specialist
candidates for each eligible discipline and
facilitates matching Specialist candidates
with project requests.
Eligible institutions submit Specialist project requests through the appropriate Fulbright agency in their country. Once approved by the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy, the Specialist project request is forwarded to the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for final approval.
The goals of the Fulbright Specialist Program are:
- 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
Fulbright Specialist projects are designed to provide U.S. faculty and professionals with opportunities to collaborate with professional counterparts at non-U.S. institutions on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities. For example, grantees may:
- 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
- Consult with administrators and instructors
of non-U.S. post-secondary, degree granting institutions on
- Present lectures at graduate and undergraduate
- 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.
The Fulbright Specialist Program is active in all world regions.
Countries eligible to participate in the program include those where there is a U.S. embassy or a Fulbright Commission. If a country has not participated in the Fulbright Specialist Program and wishes to inquire about their eligibility, they should contact CIES. Lists of these countries can be found at Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy and Fulbright Commission.
The Fulbright Specialist Program is open to qualified U.S. scholars and professionals in the disciplines list. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin and /or physical impairment.
Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements. In matching candidates with grant opportunities, preference will be given to candidates with the most relevant professional experience.
After State Department approval of the project, CIES contacts the preferred candidate indicated by the requesting institution or, for open requests, contacts appropriate Specialist candidates to ascertain their interest and availability for the project. CIES processes the grant and administers the grant payment for the candidate ultimately selected for the Specialist project.
The program will award grants ranging from two to six weeks and will make use of serial grants if deemed necessary. The grant period for a project is determined by the host institution and includes travel days to and from the host institution as well as weekends.
of the grant
Grant benefits include international economy
fare travel and approved related expenses plus
a $200 per day honorarium. The honorarium is
payable upon completion of the grant and submission
of an online final report and travel expense
report. Host institutions normally cover in-country
per diem costs for lodging, meals and transportation.