Internationalizing Your Campus

There are many opportunities for U.S. institutions to host Fulbright Visiting Scholars.  The programs below support research and teaching activities of visiting scholars at colleges and universities in the United States.

Resources for Hosting Visiting Scholars

Fulbright Scholar Liaison Network

The Fulbright Scholar Liaison Network is a community of higher education administrators, faculty and Fulbright Program alumni at campuses across the United States. Fulbright Scholar Liaisons work in every type of accredited institution of higher education and serve as the main point of contact for the Fulbright Scholar Program with American higher education.

Fulbright Scholar Liaisons facilitate increased participation in the Fulbright Scholar Program via institutional level support and peer to peer engagement.

The role of a Fulbright Scholar Liaison centers on five main activities:

  • Promote Fulbright Scholar Programs
  • Educate faculty & administrators about opportunities
  • Encourage candidates on campus
  • Recognize returned Fulbright grantees
  • Support the development of Fulbright- friendly institutional policies


International Education Administrator Seminars

Through its two-week seminars, the Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Programs help U.S. grantees establish lasting connections within the social, cultural and educational systems of other countries.


Outreach Lecturing Fund

The Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) provides funding for campuses to host Fulbright Visiting Scholars, who are already in the United States, for short-term speaking engagements. Special consideration is given to campuses that have not previously participated in the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The OLF is a travel grant that facilitates short term (two to six days) campus visits by scholars to:

  • Share their specific research interests
  • Speak on the history and culture of their countries
  • Become better acquainted with U.S. higher education
  • Exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty and community organizations
  • Create linkages between their home and host institutions

In addition to programming the visit, institutions are asked to cover the following costs for the scholar: local transportation, lodging and meals.


Scholar-in-Residence Program

Through the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program, U.S. colleges and universities collaborate with scholars from other countries to assist in internationalizing U.S. campuses, curriculum and communities.

Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence teach primarily on the undergraduate level in their areas of expertise and provide a cross-cultural or international perspective to promote curriculum and program development. Their activities typically contribute to enhancing the institution’s global studies programs, interdisciplinary course/program offerings and broaden international cooperation. In addition, Scholars-in-Residence are expected to engage in both on-campus and community activities throughout the program’s duration.

Eligibility: Any accredited U.S. institution of higher learning is eligible to apply, but preference is given to Minority Serving Institutions, small liberal arts colleges and community colleges.