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Support International Teaching Residencies

Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence (S-I-R) Program

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U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Institute of International Education (IIE)

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Grants to USA colleges and universities to host international scholars through residency programs. Resident scholars will primarily teach undergraduate classes in their discipline of expertise. Funding is intended to bring international representatives to enhance the curriculum, campuses, and host communities.

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program is a unique Fulbright Scholar Program initiative that is specifically driven by the goals of U.S. institutions of higher education to enhance internationalization efforts on their campuses. Through the S-I-R Program, institutions host a scholar from outside of the United States for a semester or full academic year to teach courses, assist in curriculum development, guest lecture, develop study abroad/exchange partnerships and engage with the campus and the local community. S-I-Rs work across departments and curricula in a variety of ways to significantly enhance or expand an existing international program, develop new world area studies programs, add an international dimension to existing coursework or provide an opportunity for U.S. students to learn about a particular world region or country.

The institution benefits from the expertise provided, and the Scholar attains experience in the U.S. higher education arena. The community, through the institution, provides the Visiting Scholar with opportunities to participate in speaking engagements, 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 cultural and intellectual diversity among the institution and the wider community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137086

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant benefits for the Fulbright S-I-R include: round-trip international air travel, a monthly stipend, an allowance for up to two dependents, and initial settling-in and professional allowances.

Term of Contract:

Program duration may be from a semester to a full academic year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The program is open to all accredited U.S. institutions. Non-U.S. institutions are ineligible. The institution must be in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requiring nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs.
- Foreign scholars are eligible to serve as Scholars-in-Residence. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are ineligible.
- Scholar teaching responsibilities are limited to a maximum of two courses per semester.
- Proposals shall not authorize engagement in pastoral, missionary, or other professional religious activities.
- Proposals shall not authorize engagement in activities for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required.

Other Considerations:
- Proposals from colleges and universities that serve minority student populations and/or those that have infrequently hosted foreign scholars are highly valued in the S-I-R program competition. Such institutions include but are not limited to: American Indian and Alaska Native Serving Institutions(AIANSIs), Asian American and Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions(AANAPISIs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (AANAPISIs), Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), military academies, rural colleges and universities, small liberal arts colleges, and community colleges.
- Proposals will be accepted from single institutions as well as jointly from two institutions.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Scholar-in-Residence Program 2022-23 Overview (April 12, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT):

Host Impact Panel - How can a S-I-R Exchange Contribute to your Institution's Internationalization Efforts? (April 29, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT):

Impact Panel - How can a S-I-R Exchange Benefit your Campus Community? (May 12, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT):

Opportunities for Community Colleges and Minority Serving Institutions (May 18, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT):

Scholar-in-Residence - Application Walk Through (June 15, 2021 2:00pm to 3:00 pm EDT):

Pre-Application Information:

1. Express Interest: Beginning Spring 2021: The Fulbright S-I-R program will be open to new applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. Complete the institutional interest survey to access application support and strengthen your ability to submit a successful S-I-R proposal in this application cycle or in the future. You are strongly encouraged to complete this survey by May 15, 2021 for the 2022-23 academic year.
2. Participate in Webinars: Spring/Summer 2021: Webinars are a great tool to learn about the program, discover tips and tricks for submitting a strong proposal and to hear stories from past hosts.
3. Plan Proposal: Spring/Summer 2021: S-I-R program staff is happy to provide guidance on developing a strong proposal, support identifying a suitable scholar and answer questions throughout the application season.
4. Submit Application: Application deadline: October 15, 2021. Applications for the 2022-2023 competition will be launched in spring 2021. The Fulbright S-I-R institutional proposals are due through the Slate Application system

Application Review
- Early Fall 2021: CIES notifies applicant institutions of the review outcome. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board review recommended proposals while Fulbright Commissions and Public Affairs Sections of US Embassies abroad recruit and/or review prospective scholars.
- Spring/Summer 2022: IIE issues grant materials to selected scholars and assists host institutions with preparing to host their 2022-2023 Scholar-in-Residence.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The application for the 2022-23 Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program will open in mid-March 2021. Please check back on the URL for Full Text, below for more details on how to start an application.

S-I-R Host Interest Survey:

Direct questions to:
Sarah Causer,

Institute of International Education
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005-2403
Phone: 202.686.4000
Fax: 202.686.4029

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