Scholar-in-Residence Program

Scholar giving a lecture
Dr. Reginald Oputa lecturing at his host institution, Pima Community College.

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.

Grant Duration

A semester to full academic year.

Deadline Description

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

U.S. Host Institution Survey

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, the Institute of International Education (IIE) invites your institution to apply to host a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) during the 2022-2023 academic year. To expand the number and diversity of host institutions and better support potential applicants, we have developed an institutional interest survey to gather information about how to address your interests and needs, provide application assistance, and strengthen your ability to submit a successful S-I-R proposal in this application cycle or in the future. We strongly encourage you to complete this survey as soon as possible and no later than May 15, 2021.

Application for Institutions

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

Application Resources

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Regions/Countries Participating in S-I-R


Burkina Faso
Cote d’Ivoire
Democratic Republic
of Congo
Sierra Leone
South Africa


Czech Republic
Russian Federation
Slovak Republic
United Kingdom


Australia (only for institutional proposals requesting named scholars)
Japan (only for institutional proposals
requesting named scholars)

New Zealand
South Korea
South Pacific


Iraq (only for cultural heritage)
Jordan (only for institutional
proposals requesting a named scholar)
Palestinian Territories
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates


Kyrgyz Republic
Sri Lanka


Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador


Note: Geographical listings in this publication are a matter of administrative convenience and are not intended to imply a United States government position on the legal status of the areas listed.

Recent S-I-R Awarded Institutions

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.
Review Criteria

Potential Impact, Outcomes, and Benefits to the Host Institution

  • The proposal provides a clear view of the institution’s current internationalization efforts and details how the Scholar-in-Residence contributes to the institution’s short- and long-term internationalization goals
  • The project shows considerable academic and community outreach activities, plans for other campus activities, professional enrichment opportunities for the scholar, and the sustainable impact of the S-I-R’s presence
  • The proposal demonstrates the need for the project to be completed with a scholar from the specified region or country

Quality of Proposal

  • The proposed Academic Program of the scholar is feasible and the scholar profile meets the program’s needs
  • Demonstrates an institution’s capacity with sufficient resources to support a scholar’s program on campus and in the larger community
  • The institution shows commitment to the Scholar-in-Residence with adequate plans for oversight

Diversity and Geographic Distribution

  • The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State strives to ensure that its efforts reflect the diversity of U.S. society and societies abroad. The Bureau seeks and encourages the involvement of people from traditionally underrepresented audiences in all its grants, programs, and other activities and in its workforce and workplace. Opportunities are open to people regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Bureau is committed to fairness, equity, and inclusion.
  • The proposal demonstrates service and attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion in terms of the program’s impact on students, faculty, the institution, and the broader community

Previous Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Awards to Institutions

  • The proposal provides compelling justification for previous or repeat Scholar-in-Residence placements, if applicable.

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.

Regarding the Individual Scholar

  • One of the objectives of the Fulbright Program is to provide an educational exchange experience to those not previously afforded such an opportunity.
  • Foreign citizens desiring to hold or holding permanent residence in the United States are not eligible for Fulbright grants.
  • The policies of the FFSB require that preference is given to scholars who have not previously received Fulbright grants, taught, studied, conducted research, or worked in the United States for an extended period of time within the past five years.
  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. We strongtly encourage you 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. Please see the webinar schedule under Resources.
  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. Contact us at
  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 our 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.


Google Map - Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Institutions by location since 2007

Updated: May 22, 2018
Source: Google Map
Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Institutions by location since 2007

S-I-R Awarded Institutions


Brooklyn College hosted a CIES-recruited scholar from Chile during the 2016-17 academic year. Chilean scholar Nicholas Lira taught in the Modern Languages Department and in the Anthropology Department. His research on Patagonia was well received and he was able to engage with scholars inside and outside his field. Aside from teaching commitments, he provided campus lectures and collaborated with the Anthropology and Sociology departments and scholars across the College and at the CUNY Graduate Center.

California State University, Long Beach hosted Italian scholar Dr. Pasquale Palmieri during the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. Palmieri lectured across four departments, teaching Government and Political Science in Western Europe in the Political Science department; The Building of the Italian Nation in the International Studies department; Early Modern Europe in the History department; and Dante in the Comparative World History department. In addition to his regular commitments, he gave an array of public lectures, guest-lectured in colleague’s classes, and invited international scholars to visit campus to speak. While at California State University, Long Beach, Dr. Palmieri was also able to visit and guest lecture at both the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, San Diego, and was an active participant in the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. Looking ahead, California State University, Long Beach plans to continue their collaboration with Dr. Palmieri engaging students and faculty alike.

University of Hawaii at Manoa hosted Russian scholar Elena Sedova. Ms. Sedova taught third and fourth year Russian Language and Literature courses and participated in the work of the Russian Club. During the 2016-17 academic year, she participated in cultural events, club meetings, recruitment days, and the 29th Annual International Festival at Kapi’olani Community College. Ms. Sedova represented the college at two conferences dedicated to education and teaching methods. Her conference presentations included “Analyzing Ivan Bunin’s stories The Gentleman from San Francisco and Light Breathing in a Literature Class”, and one organized by the) and “Techniques for Teaching Literature in a University Class: a Personal Experience Using the Works of Ivan Bunin”.

Community College Stories

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College hosted Mexican scholar Dr. Adrian Israel Martinez Franco during the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholar developed and taught ABAC’s first courses about Population Health Informatics and Health Information Technology to the nursing program and rural health program. These courses are critical pieces of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s community health curriculum, according to Troy Spicer, the Dean of ABAC’s Nursing and Health Sciences. In addition to attending several meetings related to the University System of Georgia, Dr. Martinez Franco went to the American Medical Informatics Association Annual symposium in Washington DC. 

Middlesex Community College hosted Moroccan scholar Mohamed El Khaili during the 2017-2018 academic year. Mohamed taught Computer Applications, held office hours to work with students and took part in college services such as division and department meetings and other activities. Mohamed was very involved in campus and college activities spending several hours a day on campus. Dr. El Khaili successfully bridged the process of teaching at MCC and the teaching process of his home institution in Morocco. 

Pima Community College, hosted South African scholar Okobi Ekpo during the 2017-18 academic year.  Dr Ekpo taught an Introductory Biology course, allowing PCC students from different health related majors to interact and learn from the scholar. This course assignment was consistent with his teaching experience and he led a course for students in their first year of college experience. Dr Ekpo participated in different College activities that increased mutual understanding between U.S. and other international countries.  The activities included: Tea Time, Conversation with Honors students, International Education Week, Mexican Independence Day Opera Concert, Tucson Meet Yourself, and JADE Social Justice Retreat. The presence of Dr. Ekpo ignited the interest of faculty and staff to participate in teaching abroad and professional development. His residency resulted in an increased understanding of the importance of international education at PCC and the meaning/implication of campus internationalization. Faculty now inquire about opportunities to expose their students to other cultures and how to support PCC’s internationalization efforts.

HBCU Host Stories

Bluefield State College hosted Liberian scholar Jackson Tamba during the 2017-18 academic year to teach advanced electrical engineering courses. Jackson engaged in two major extracurricular activities to sustain the institutional partnership between Bluefield State College and William V S Tubman University, his home university in Liberia. These activities included launching the campus chapter of Engineers Without Borders and recruiting BSC’s electrical engineering technology students to participate in a two-week study abroad program in summer 2018 to gauge Liberia’s challenges in electricity generation, storage, and distribution and whether hydroelectricity will help to resolve them. Their findings will be shared with Liberia’s energy ministry and Appalachian Power in West Virginia, the entity which funded Jackson’s housing costs during his Fulbright residency and which will provide BSC students travel costs to Liberia this summer.

Huston-Tillotson (HT) University, hosted Chinese scholar Lan Luo during the 2016-17 academic year. Dr. Luo taught International Negotiations and Global Business Strategies at the School of Business and Technology. In addition to teaching commitments, Dr. Luo served as a member of the China Study Abroad Committee, International Festival Committee, and Asian Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Lan Luo made an immediate impact on the institution.” Writes Dr. Edmond, Dean of the School of Business and Technology, “She was great in her role as management faculty and the students learned so much from her – not just academics but also about her culture.”   Huston-Tillotson plans to collaborate further with this scholar to design and implement an articulation agreement with her school, Wuhan College in Wuhan, China, where students from her school would transfer to Huston-Tillotson University to complete their last two years of school.

Tuskegee University host hosted scholar Ann Gallagher from the United Kingdom during the 2017-18 academic year. Dr. Gallagher’s time at Tuskegee University enhanced the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care faculty, staff and students in understanding how ethics is practiced in England and other European countries. “Her interaction with students was empowering,” notes Rueben Warren, Professor of Bioethics and Director of the National Center Bioethics in Research and Health Care. The National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care faculty plan to continue collaboration with Dr. Gallagher in scholarly activities to include co-authoring several articles, developing a student exchange program and sending National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care faculty to a conference at Surrey University in 2019.

Other MSI Stories

Kean University host hosted scholar Shuangyu Xie from China during the 2016-17 academic year. The scholar taught two courses, Introduction to Environmental Science and Environmental Economics from a Global Perspective. In addition to teaching duties, the scholar actively participated in organizing events with the university’s Asian studies.  including, Friday afternoon tea with Asian studies students, Mid-autumn festival celebration, Chinese New Year celebration. Shaungye Xie contributed to the Kean University community through participation in events on campus and in her community to increase awareness of the Chinese culture among US students and citizens.  She participated in all guest speaker series and inter-departmental events and presented research with Kean University colleagues at various conferences with colleagues in our program to present her research. The scholar also initialized the development of a student exchange program between Kean University and her home institution.

Miami Dade College host hosted Indian scholar Dr. Harpreet Kaur during the 2016-17 academic year. Dr. Kaur was a co-faculty member teaching paralegal and law courses within the college’s ABA-approved Paralegal Studies Department. As a result of her time at MDC, the college was able to provide a comparative analysis between Indian and American laws in the area of constitutional law, business law, corporate law, employment and human rights law.  During her tenure, Dr Kaur also lectured about conducting business in India for the Business Department. She served as a Judge for a business plan competition for the Business Department and was a guest lecturer for the Honors College where she provided a riveting presentation on Women in India. Students gave her a standing ovation and sought Dr. Kaur as a guest lecturer for the student organizations, The Human Rights Club, Women’s club and Business Club. She also lectured for the Social Science Lecture Series at MDC.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona hosted Dr. Fatima Sadiqi in 2013-14, from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Morocco to teach Ethics and Women’s Studies and History in addition to working with faculty on curriculum development. Dr. Sadiqi’s presence helped Cal Poly Pomona students and faculty broaden their knowledge of North African and Arabic Studies.  Dr. Patricia de Freitas, Professor Emerita said of the experience: “Dr. Sadiqi has given us her “insider’s” view of the religious, cultural and political complexities of the Middle Eastern and North Africa regions.  This has generated an awareness of and desire on campus for greater understanding of the region.” Dr. Sadiqi was able to share her expertise in the surrounding community by building a greater understanding between Arab and North African world and the US.

Small Liberal Arts Stories

Nazareth College hosted Priyanka Borpujari from India during the 2016-2017 academic year. While at Nazareth College, the scholar taught Media and Human Rights” a course that focused on international issues, primarily having to do with India. She guest-lectured in multiple courses dealing with international issues, much having to do with human rights. She also gave a well-attended all-campus lecture on Home and Homelessness, which compared the ways this category is fleshed out in the U.S. and in India. Her work with the school for refugee students has also helped establish an important relationship for Nazareth in the future. These activities contributed to an enhancement in international understanding for U.S. citizens – particularly for Nazareth students who are largely first-generation college participants and their exposure to international, non-European influence has been limited.

Regis College hosted Brazilian scholar Lania Stefanoni Ferreira during the 2016-2017 academic year. Dr. Ferreira taught courses in Sociology and Latin American History and contributed an international dimension by adding in the Brazilian perspective to the existing curriculum, and according to the college, vastly improving it. She helped Regis College fulfill goals of assessing and building academic course offerings in international /multicultural areas. Dr. Ferreira also participated in many international events on campus, especially in the Multi-Cultural Fair where her table was one of the most popular among students. She also participated in the weekly afternoon teas given for international students and by participating as a student in an English as a Second Language course at Regis, she met foreign students from a variety of countries. Her presence at these events and activities helped to increase student participation in international events on campus. Dr. Ferreira was invited to be a member of the subcommittee on Race, Ethnicity and Diaspora Studies. This subcommittee was tasked with proposing curriculum initiatives to enhance the major’s offerings in interdisciplinary courses that expand on issues related to topics such as the African diaspora, migration and immigration, displacement, among others. Dr. Ferreira provided the group with valuable ideas and resources that were integrated into the final curriculum plans. As a result of her stay, Regis students and faculty have an enhanced sensitivity to cultural differences.

St. Francis University hosted Dr. Ruben Mamani of Bolivia during the 2016-2017 academic year. Dr. Mamani taught a module on air pollution control in an international context in the university’s Environmental Engineering Laboratory Measurements class.  He also taught an entire course on climate change as part of the University’s general education program. Elements of both efforts are being retained for subsequent delivery to students by St. Francis University faculty. Dr. Mamani gave St. Francis students exposure to the culture and history of Bolivia via multiple routes. Perhaps most impactful, he gave an in-depth presentation at “Bolivia Night”, a fundraising and awareness-raising event held on campus in November 2016.