Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

Each year roughly 850 faculty and professionals from around the world receive Fulbright Scholar grants for advanced research and university lecturing in the United States. Individual grants are available to scholars from over 100 countries. Individuals who meet the eligibility requirements apply for grants through the Fulbright commission/foundation or public affairs section of the U.S. embassy in their home countries. After a thorough selection process in the home country, final approval for awards is issued by the presidentially appointed Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) in the United States.  Exchanges range in length from three to twelve months.

For information on how to apply, including deadlines, please contact your country's Fulbright commission or the public affairs section of the U.S. embassy.

Opportunities for Current Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholar

Fulbright Visiting Scholars currently on exchange in the United States are strongly encouraged to pursue the following opportunities to engage in stimulating topics, meet other Fulbrighters, broaden their intellectual networks, and experience the diversity of Higher Education in the United States. 

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Specialized Visiting Scholar Programs 

Visiting Scholar and Host Professor

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar program includes the following specialized exchange programs driven by U.S. Institutional needs and critical research fields.

  • Through the Scholar-In-Residence (S-I-R) Program, U.S. institutions enhance internationalization efforts in their campus communities by hosting a foreign scholar for a semester or full academic year.
  • The visiting International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars programs help international education professionals and senior higher education officials from other countries to create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of the United States. Currently, the United States hosts IEA seminar exchanges from India and South Korea
  • The Fulbright U.S.–ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative deepens people to-people engagement and strengthens educational ties around issues important to the ASEAN region.
  • The Fulbright Arctic Initiative brings together a network of scholars, professionals and applied researchers to address key research and policy questions related to creating a secure and sustainable Arctic.
  • The Fulbright-National Archives Heritage Science Fellowship provides an opportunity for Fulbright visiting scholars to connect with National Archives scientists and experts while conducting research at the National Archives’ state-of-the-art Heritage Science Research and Testing Lab in College Park, Maryland.

Restricted pages for Fulbright Visiting Scholar Grantees and Commissions & Posts 

Visiting Scholar

This section is restricted to Fulbright Visiting Scholar Grantees and Commissions and Posts. It contains information relevant to administration of the Fulbright Scholar program, including program policies, required forms, and other important resources. For login assistance please contact your IIE program contact/advisor.