Outreach Lecturing Fund

Scholar in a lecture hall
Fulbright Visiting Scholar Kenneth Oben Eyong from Cameroon visits with students from the San Diego State University during his OLF, 2016.

The Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) provides funding for campuses to host Fulbright Visiting Scholars, already in the United States, for short-term speaking engagements. The OLF award is designed to enrich both institutions and Visiting Scholars through lectures that will promote academic disciplines and cultural understanding. Additionally, the OLF seeks to build relationships and partnerships with institutions that are currently underrepresented within the Fulbright Program as a means to promote future opportunities. These Priority Institutions include: Minority Serving Institutions, Community Colleges, Small Liberal Arts Colleges, Women’s Colleges and Art Colleges, and geographically underrepresented institutions.

Travel Award Details:

The OLF program awards short-term travel grants (typically 2-4 days) to current Fulbright Visiting Scholars for visits to U.S. Institutions of Higher Education outside of their primary host community.  The OLF award covers roundtrip airfare, a modest airport transit allowance, and a per diem meals and incidental expenses allowance.  The program strongly encourages host institutions to cover lodging and local transit on site.

Deadline:

The OLF program accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. 

Resources:

Contact Us:

Contact Fulbright’s Outreach Lecturing Fund Team by emailing OLF@iie.org.

OLF Program Timeline

  1. Identify a Scholar

    • Faculty and professional staff of U.S. colleges and universities can identify scholars to invite to their campuses for Outreach Lecturing Fund visits by consulting the Fulbright Visiting (Non-U.S.) Scholar List. After a suitable visiting scholar is identified, representatives of the inviting U.S. institution may contact the scholar directly via the faculty associate and host institution department information on the list, or they may contact IIE staff directly.
  2. Complete the Application

    • Within one week of receiving the application, IIE will inform the requesting institution and scholar whether or not the Outreach Lecturing Fund Award has been approved.
  3. Engage with scholar across campus

    • Set up meetings with faculty and scholars
    • Build networks for the scholar to connect with faculty, administrators and other nearby institutions
  4. Submit the Evaluation

    • The Fulbright Visiting Scholar will receive the approved OLF award through a direct deposit into the scholar’s U.S. bank account within three weeks after the completion of OLF visit and the submission of all evaluations and documentation to IIE. If you have not set up IIEPay, please follow the registration instructions here

Eligibility for Institutions:

  • A representative of the institution requesting an OLF visit from a Fulbright Visiting Scholar must serve as the applicant for the OLF award. 
  • The scholar must be on a grant of at least three months, and they cannot undertake an OLF award during the last 30 days of their Fulbright exchange.
  • The applying institution is responsible for identifying a current Visiting Scholar and inviting them to participate. Download current list of eligible Visiting Scholars to identify potential scholars to invite for an OLF award. While the Fulbright Program cannot share individuals’ email addresses, you may be able to reach them by searching their host institution’s public directory, or by reaching out to their supervisor as listed in the spreadsheet (as full-time faculty members, their contact information is typically in their university’s public directory).
  • OLF benefits received by the Fulbrighter are taxable, and Fulbrighters will need to supply a valid SSN or ITIN through their scholar portal in order to participate in the program.

The U.S. Department of State provides funding, known as the Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF), through the Institute of International Education (IIE), to enable Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are in the United States, for a grant longer than three months, to accept guest lecturing invitations at colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

OLF Host Institution Application

Host institutions must submit an online application in order to obtain OLF Award approval for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar. You should receive a letter of funding approval (or disapproval) for your application from IIE within one business week.

Complete OLF Host Institution Application

Application Resources

  • Tips for a Successful OLF (Please check back soon)

Required Supplemental Documents

The online application must include the following attachments:

  1. Institutional Letter of Invitation - View requirements/checklist (PDF)
  2. Letter from the Visiting Scholar’s Faculty Associate (at their primary hosting institution) - View letter template (PDF)

After your OLF

  1. Complete your Program Evaluation by re-logging into your OLF application account and re-opening your application status page to fill out your evaluation form. You must complete this form in order for the Visiting Scholar who visited your campus can be reimbursed for their expenses.
  2. Submit high-resolution photos online.

Outreach Lecturing Fund | FAQs

  1. What is the purpose of the OLF Award?
  2. Where can a scholar go on an OLF Award?
  3. What documentation is needed for the approval process?
  4. Who is responsible for making the travel arrangements and paying for the transportation?
  5. Can scholars go to more than one institution during an OLF award?
  6. How is the OLF travel award amount determined?
  7. When will the scholar receive the OLF travel award funds?
  8. Our institution wishes to issue an honorarium. What are the requirements?
  9. Our institution cannot provide housing for the scholars, is there a possibility to receive supplemental funding?
  10. Are there limitations for how many OLFs a scholar can receive?
  11. Are there limitations for how many scholars an institution can request?
  12. The scholar I am interested in is only on a grant for 2 months, are they eligible?
  13. I am a current Fulbright Visiting Scholar and I am not listed in the Scholar Directory, what should I do?
  14. Our institution is not listed as Priority Institution, is there a way to be considered a Priority Institution in the future?
  15. Can we charge admission to our OLF event?

  1. What is the purpose of the OLF Award?
    The OLF program enables Fulbright Visiting Scholars and Scholars-in-Residence who are currently in the United States for grants longer than three months to accept guest lecturing invitations at U.S. colleges and universities.
  2. Where can a scholar go on an OLF Award?
    Scholars must go to a college or university in the United States and its territories, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. OLF may not be used to attend conferences. Scholars can go to any institution including large research institutes; however scholars must supplement those visits with a second visit to a targeted institution. These include Minority Serving Institutions, Community Colleges, Small Liberal Arts Institutes or Geographically underrepresented regions. For a complete list of targeted institutions, please click here.
  3. What documentation is needed for the approval process? Institutions must submit the OLF application form together with an invitation letter on behalf of the scholar. Fulbright Visiting Scholars being requested must submit a copy of their Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
  4. Who is responsible for making the travel arrangements and paying for the transportation? IIE will assist scholars to directly make airline reservations. Scholars should work with their hosts to secure lodging.  If approved, scholars may submit receipts for lodging up to the federal per diem rate for their location.   
  5. Can scholars go to more than one institution during an OLF award?
    Yes. Scholars are strongly encouraged to visit more than one institution during their OLF experience.  For example, a scholar could use one OLF award to go to Northern Virginia Community College and Howard University. Both institutions are located in Washington, DC.
  6. How is the OLF travel award amount determined? The airfare portion of the award is booked directly through IIE’s travel agency, American Express Global Business Travel (GBT).  Federal per diem rates for lodging, meals and incidental expenses for the duration of the OLF activity will be used to determine the remainder of the award amount. If the host institution is unable to support housing for an approved OLF award, the scholar may submit receipts for lodging expenses but may only be reimbursed up to the federal per diem rate for lodging for that location.  Additionally, every OLF travel award will include a $100 allowance for airport transit.  If more than $100 is spend on airport transit in service of an OLF activity, the scholar may submit receipts for consideration. 
  7. When will the scholar receive the OLF travel award funds? The scholar will receive the OLF travel award funds after the OLF host institution submits an evaluation and summary of the event. Scholars are required to register their U.S. Bank Accounts through IIEPay in order to receive OLF funding. You can find detailed instructions on registering for IIEPay here. Scholars will receive payments within 3-4 weeks after all documents are submitted. Please note: Scholars cannot be reimbursed without a copy of the scholars SSN or ITIN.
  8. Our institution wishes to issue an honorarium. What are the requirements?Institutions are welcome to issue Visiting Scholars an honorarium, however they MUST include a letter indicating the amount of such honoraria with their OLF application.  Honoraria requests CANNOT be approved retroactively.   
  9. Our institution cannot provide housing for the scholars, is there a possibility to receive supplemental funding?
    Institutions that are on the Partnering Institution list can request supplemental funding and will reviewed on a case by case basis. Please indicate your request on the application and within the invitation letter.
  10. Are there limitations for how many OLFs a scholar can receive?Yes. Fulbright Visiting Scholars and Scholars-in-Residence are limited to two (2) OLF awards during their Fulbright exchange, regardless of the length of their exchange. 
  11. Are there limitations for how many scholars an institution can request?Institutions may apply for up to two OLFs per academic year.  
  12. The scholar I am interested in is only on a grant for 2 months, are they eligible?In order to be eligible, scholars must be on Fulbright grants of 3 months and they cannot participate in an OLF during the last 30 days of their grant.
  13. I am a current Fulbright Visiting Scholar and I am not listed in the Scholar Directory, what should I do?If you are a current Fulbright Visiting Scholar and you do not see your name in the directory, please contact your IIE Advisor. They can help determine why your name does not appear.
  14. Our institution is not listed as Priority Institution, is there a way to be considered a Priority Institution in the future?The Priority Institution Excel Document is updated periodically as we conduct research on eligible institutions. If you believe your institution falls into one of the categories, please email us at olf@iie.org.
  15. Can we charge admission to our OLF event?
    The Fulbright Program is a federally funded program by Congressional appropriation. As such, any OLF events hosted should be free for their intended audiences.