Program Overview:

The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give specialists greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional commitments.


Bring U.S. Scholars and Professionals to Your Campus Through the Fulbright Specialist Program:

The Fulbright Specialist Program provides higher education institutions outside the United States with the opportunity to draw on the expertise of U.S. scholars and professionals to accomplish short-term projects (activities include lecturing, teacher training, curriculum development, needs assessments).

The program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative 2 to 6 week projects at host institutions in over 140 countries worldwide. International travel costs and a stipend are funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating host institutions cover grantee in-country expenses or provide in-kind services.

Project activities focus on strengthening and supporting the development needs of host institutions abroad and do not fund personal or clinical medical research and related projects involving patient contact. Eligible activities include short-term lecturing, conducting seminars, teacher training, special conferences or workshops, as well as collaborating on curriculum planning, institutional and/or faculty development.

U.S. faculty and professionals apply to join a Roster of Specialists for a five-year term. Roster candidates are reviewed by peers in the same discipline, and by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB).

How to Request a U.S. Fulbright Specialist:
Foreign institutions interested in requesting a Fulbright Specialist must make their request through their local Fulbright Commission Jordan. The form for requesting a Specialist is now available online. Projects must be reviewed and approved by Fulbright office and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

For more information about the Fulbright Specialist Program, including how to join the roster of Specialists, how to request a Fulbright Specialist, how to develop a project and more, please visit:

Specialists roster candidates are limited to one Specialists grant per calendar year. Applications for the Fulbright Specialists Program are accepted on a rolling basis, and peer review of applications is conducted eight times per year.

Program Goals:
      • To increase the participation of leading U.S. scholars and professionals in Fulbright academic exchanges.

      • To encourage new activities that go beyond the traditional Fulbright activities of lecturing and research

      • To promote increased connections between U.S. and non-U.S. post-secondary academic institutions

Program Administration:
Applicants apply throughout the calendar year for candidacy on the Fulbright Specialists Roster. Peer review is conducted eight times each year. CIES builds lists of qualified Specialist candidates for each eligible discipline and facilitates matching Senior Specialist candidates with project requests.

Non-U.S. post-secondary academic institutions submit Senior Specialist project requests through the appropriate Fulbright commission in their country. Once approved by the Fulbright Commission, the Specialist project request is forwarded to the U.S. Department of State for final approval.

Fulbright Specialist Roster: 
The Fulbright Specialists Program differs from the traditional Fulbright Scholar competition in that the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) builds a roster of specialists in a variety of disciplines through an open application process. Applicants recommended by specialist peer review committees and approved by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board become candidates for Fulbright Senior Specialist projects.

Fulbright Commissions access the Fulbright Specialists Roster through a secure Web site. The roster is searchable by a variety of criteria including discipline and specialization.

Sample Fulbright Specialists Activities
Fulbright Specialist projects are designed to provide U.S. faculty and professionals with opportunities to collaborate with professional counterparts at non-U.S. post-secondary academic institutions on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities. For example, grantees may:

      • Conduct needs assessments, surveys, institutional or programmatic research at non-U.S. post-secondary academic institutions

      • Take part in specialized academic programs and conferences in conjunction with other scheduled activities

      • Consult with administrators and instructors of non-U.S. post-secondary institutions on faculty development

      • Present lectures at graduate and undergraduate levels

      • Participate in or lead seminars or workshops at non-U.S. post-secondary academic institutions

      • Develop and/or assess academic curricula or educational materials at non-U.S. post-secondary academic institutions

      • Conduct teacher-training programs at the tertiary level

Note: Personal and clinical medical Research as well as related projects involving patient contact are not funded via the Fulbright Specialists Program.

Worldwide Coverage:
The Fulbright Specialists Program is active in all world regions. Countries eligible to participate in the program include those where there is a U.S. embassy or a Fulbright Commission. Lists of these countries can be found at and

Eligibility Criteria
The Fulbright Senior Specialist Program is open to qualified U.S. scholars and professionals in the disciplines listed above. Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin and /or physical impairment.  Applicants must meet all of the following minimum eligibility requirements. In matching candidates with grant opportunities, preference will be given to candidates with the most relevant professional experience.

     • U.S. citizen at the time of application. Permanent resident status is not sufficient. If a naturalized citizen, applicant must provide actual date of naturalization.

      • For academics, a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree at the time of application plus a minimum of five years of post-doctoral teaching or professional experience in the field in which you are applying.

      • For professionals and artists outside academe, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments plus a minimum of five years of professional experience in the field in which you are applying.

      Note: Senior Specialists work with colleagues at non-U.S. post-secondary, academic institutions. In the application, professionals and artists outside academe should highlight 1) experience as a college/university teacher or trainer and/or 2) how their experience could benefit foreign academic institutions.

      • Disclosure of prior conviction or current indictment for commission of a felony. Prior conviction or current indictment may result in disqualification.

      • Employees, spouses or dependent children of the United States Department of State or public and private organizations under contract to the United States Department of State exchange programs are ineligible to apply for a Fulbright grant until one year after the employee's termination.

      • Fulbright senior specialists must be residing in the United States at the time they are approved for a grant and intend to return to their U.S. institution after the grant's completion. Roster applicants or candidates need not necessarily be residing in the United States in order to be approved or accepted for the roster, but must be residing in the United States in order to receive a grant. 

Note:  To download the 2014 FSP-Jordan Proposal Request:
2014 FSP Project Request Application Form for Jordan

After State Department approval of the project, CIES contacts the preferred candidate indicated by the requesting institution or, for open requests, contacts appropriate Specialist candidates to ascertain their interest and availability for the project. CIES processes the grant and administers the grant payment for the candidate ultimately selected for the Specialist project.

Duration of Grants: 
The program will award grants ranging from two to six weeks and will make use of serial grants if deemed necessary.

Terms of the Grant: 
Grant benefits include international economy fare travel and approved related expenses plus a daily honorarium. The honorarium is payable upon completion of the grant and submission of an online final report and travel expense report. Host institutions normally cover in-country costs for lodging, meals and transportation.

For more information on this unique program, please visit the website of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) in Washington, D.C. at: or specifically, to view other Grant Opportunities:

In addition, a new electronic flyer (in PDF format) is now available on the CIES Fulbright Agency page at: flyer promotes the FSP to potential host institutions. 
FSP Host Institution Requirement Flyer to download this file.