The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the scholar division of the Institute of International Education (IIE), is well known for its expertise and extensive experience in conducting international exchange programs for scholars and university administrators. For over seventy years, CIES (www.cies.org) has administered the Fulbright Scholar Program, the United States flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). CIES was founded as a non profit organization in 1947 by four prestigious academic associations – the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and American Council on Education (ACE). Since 1996, CIES has been a division of the Institute of International Education (IIE), a premier nonprofit educational and cultural exchange organization established in 1919. The four academic societies (ACLS, NAS, SSRC, and ACE) that founded CIES continue to be represented on the CIES Advisory Board.
CIES maintains deep ties with the higher education community in the United States and abroad, including individual universities and colleges, major scholarly organizations, and academic associations. CIES also collaborates with a network of bi-national Fulbright Commissions in 49 countries and 90 U.S. diplomatic posts around the world. Since its inception, CIES has conducted a rigorous annual peer review process that assures the competitive selection of scholars for lecture and research awards. Annually, more than 300 academics and professionals with exceptional expertise in their field serve on CIES discipline and peer review committees reviewing applications of U.S. and foreign scholars. In addition, CIES organizes seminars for higher education administrators, plans and implements academic conferences, facilitates connections between scholars and host institutions, manages visa applications, provides an effective orientation program for scholars, and facilitates cultural awareness programs to support the effective integration of scholars in their host institutions and countries.