Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Programs


The Enrichment Program, implemented by IIE on behalf of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), offers Fulbright Visiting Scholars a variety of activities that enhance their exchange programs. Enrichment programs help scholars to navigate the complexities of the exchange program, access the network of Fulbright Scholars, enhance their professional skills, and consider topics of global importance. 

Throughout the year, in-person and virtual enrichment activities are offered to Fulbright Visiting Scholars and Fulbright Scholars in Residence. These activities are designed to further the Fulbright Program's goal of increasing mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and people of other countries while providing valuable personal and professional experiences.

Important Note:  Partcipation in any of the below events requires program benefits being paid out from a U.S. source on your behalf, which has tax implications for scholars as individuals as this is considered taxable U.S. sourced income.  The Fubright Program pays any taxes due on that income for Fubrighters, but it will require filing a full individual tax return,  no matter the dollar amount incurred.  Fulbrighters are advised to apply for an obtain a Social Security Number at the beginning of their programs in order to facilitate this administrative process. 

National Enrichment Programs

Scholars will receive invitations to attend any national virtual enrichment programs that fall within their exchange dates. 

Anchor City Programs

Visiting scholars in the following locations will also be invited to attend ongoing enrichment programs for their areas. Scholars in these locations will be contacted by regional coordinators.

The coordinators may be reached by email as follows:

Boston (including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and parts of Connecticut):
Dan O'Connor, Coordinator, Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Program

New York City (including surrounding suburbs and parts of Connecticut):
Marisa Silva, Director of Membership and Programs 
One To World

Northern California (north of Monterey):
Michael Pereira, Coordinator for Northern California Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment
International House Davis

Southern California (south of Monterey):
Ann Kerr, Coordinator for Southern California Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment
University of California at Los Angeles

Enrichment Seminars

Every year, there are thematic enrichment seminars open to Fulbright Visiting Scholars. Fulbrighters who attend seminars will be able to share ideas and collaborate with other Fulbrighters, forging connections and friendships. Fulbrighters will be joined by local supporters of Fulbright’s mission. Fulbright Visiting Scholar seminars are hosted by community organizations and higher education institutions around the country. Seminar activities include participating in community activities that will expand Fulbrighter’s knowledge of American society and culture from a variety of perspectives.

In the 2023-2024 academic year, two scholar seminars will be held, one in the Fall of 2023 and one in the Spring of 2024. Scholars will be invited to express interest in attending a seminar in October of 2023 and again in January of 2024. All Visiting Scholars and Scholars-in-Residence are eligible to attend enrichment seminars however, scholars may only attend one seminar during their grant period. Priority will be given to those scholars who are not located in one of the Anchor City program locations.


Past Enrichment Seminars


  • Fort Collins, Colorado - Droughts, Wildfires, and More: Responding to the Challenges of Global Climate Change in the Semi-Arid West, April 27-30, 2022

  • Cleveland, Ohio – Preparing for and Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change, May 11-14, 2022


  • Minneapolis, Minnesota - Preserving and Advancing Rural Economies, November 13 – 16, 2019
  • Lexington, Kentucky - Combating Addiction, December 11 – 14, 2019
  • Kansas City, Missouri - The Future of Work: Overcoming the Skills Gap, March 20-23, 2019


  • San Diego, California - Leveraging Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Long-Term Success,  November 28 – December 1, 2018
  • Raleigh, North Carolina - American Security: Integrating Multiple Perspectives, December 12 – 15, 2018
  • Lexington, Kentucky - Combatting Addiction: Opioid Addiction Crisis, March 20-23, 2019
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota - American Security: Economic and Food Solutions, April 24-27, 2019


  • Huntsville, Alabama- Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the New South, November 29- December 2, 2017
  • San Diego, California- Leveraging Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Long-Term Success, December 13-16, 2017
  • Kansas City, Missouri- Entrepreneurship and Innovation, March 18-21, 2018
  • Seattle, Washington- Seattle- An Entrepreneurial and Innovative Frontier, April 25-28, 2018


  • Montgomery, Alabama- The New South: Visions, Voices and Change Agents, November 30- December 3, 2016
  • San Diego, California- Democracy at the Local Level: The Role of Civil Society at Making Change, December 11-14, 2016
  • Los Angeles, California- Building a Sustainable Future: Innovative Approaches to Protecting Our Environment, March 8-11, 2017
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota- Feeding the World: Global Food Resources and Sustainability, April 18-21, 2017


  • Seattle, Washington - Where International Efforts to Combat Climate Change Converge, April  14th – 17th, 2016
  • Baltimore, Maryland - Role of Anchor Institutions and Grassroots Organizations in Addressing the City's Health and Human Rights Issues, April 19th – 22nd, 2016
  • Austin, Texas - Studying U.S. Elections and Political Processes and the Challenge of Diversity, December 2 – 5, 2015
  • San Diego, California - Advocating for Human and Civil Rights for Minority Communities, December 9 –12, 2015


  • Tulsa, Oklahoma  - Old to New West: The Role of Land in Shaping the American Story, April 1 – 4, 2015
  • Baltimore, Maryland - A Tale of Two Cities, Focus on Public Health, March 25 – 28, 2015
  • Huntsville, Alabama - Democracy and Human Rights, December 3 – 6, 2014
  • Tampa, Florida - Climate Change and the Plight of the Oceans, November 5 – 9, 2014