Through the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program, U.S. colleges and universities collaborate with scholars from other countries to assist in internationalizing U.S. campuses, curricula and communities.
Fulbright S-I-Rs teach primarily at the undergraduate level in their areas of expertise and provide a cross-cultural or international perspective to promote curricula and program development. Their activities enhance the institution’s international/global studies programs, assist in the development of interdisciplinary program offerings and broaden international cooperation. In addition, Fulbright S-I-Rs are expected to engage in both on-campus and community activities throughout the program’s duration.
U.S. colleges and universities apply to the Institute of International Education (IIE) to host a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for either one semester or an academic year. The Scholar can be in most academic disciplines provided that the courses taught offer an international perspective. Institutions can propose a specific candidate by name, or IIE can work with U.S. Embassies and Fulbright.
Public outreach on and off campus is a very important component of the S-I-R Program, Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence are lecturers and cross-cultural consultants as well as researchers. Most importantly, S-I-Rs teach Americans about their country as well as provide a perspective on their particular academic field from the context of their country and culture. By performing public outreach, S-I-R scholars, in turn, gain an in-depth view of U.S. culture and society.
S-I-R outreach can take place both on campus as well as off campus:
S-I-R Grant benefits are the same as for Fulbright visiting scholars, and include:
A monthly stipend, a settling-in-allowance, professional allowance, dependent allowance (where applicable), and round-trip travel for grantee and dependent (where applicable). In addition, many host institutions offer cost-sharing benefits (a salary supplement and/or other accommodations).
Full details about the grant, guidance for institutions to apply as well as FAQs and more can be found here.