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Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence (S-I-R) Program Grant

Grants to USA Colleges and Universities to
Support International Teaching Residencies

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Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), Institute of International Education

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Grants to USA colleges and universities to host international scholars through residency programs. Resident scholars will primarily teach undergraduate classes in their discipline of expertise. The purpose of this program is to bring international representatives to enhance the curriculum, campuses, and host communities.

Overview and Purpose:

Through the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program, U.S. colleges and universities host scholars from other countries to assist in internationalizing U.S. campuses, institutional curriculum and host communities. Fulbright S-I-Rs primarily teach at the undergraduate level in their areas of expertise and provide cross-cultural or international perspective to promote curriculum, program development and international activities. U.S. institutions may request a scholar for either a semester or a full academic year (no less than three months and no more than ten months). Proposals are accepted from individual institutions as well as jointly from two institutions. Preference is given to colleges and universities that serve minority student populations and/or those that have infrequently hosted foreign scholars. Such institutions include: American Indian and Alaska Native Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Asian American and Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, Hispanic Serving Institutions Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Predominantly Black Institutions, Rural Colleges and Universities, Small Liberal Arts Colleges, and Community Colleges.

When applying for an S-I-R grant, institutions develop a program of activities describing how they will integrate a Scholar-in-Residence into campus and community activities with the aim of strengthening international resources and programs and enhancing international engagement at the institution and in the surrounding community.

The proposed plan of activities must include a primary focus on undergraduate teaching activities, such as:
-Teaching regular courses from a comparative or foreign area perspective
-Teaching or serving as a resource in interdisciplinary courses or professional programs that focus on international issues
-Teaching special seminars or colloquia
-Assisting in developing new courses or programs
-Assisting in upgrading existing course materials

In addition, the plan must also include other campus activities and outside community outreach activities that may involve neighboring colleges, community organizations and consortia, such as:
-Serving as a resource for faculty and students
-Speaking at civic organizations and to other professional and cultural groups and institutions
-Working with local primary and secondary schools and school districts
-Engaging with local media

Institutions will have the opportunity to either name a specific scholar or to request recruitment of a scholar from a specified country (or countries) to take on the proposed program. Please note that preference is given to scholars who have not had extensive recent experience in the United States, including previous Fulbright grantees.

While the majority of proposals are in the humanities and social sciences, proposals in all disciplines will be considered as long as the scholar brings an international and/or comparative perspective to the department or institution. Non-traditional and interdisciplinary proposals have featured scholars in the fields of architecture, urban studies, international studies, environmental studies, women’s studies, journalism, performing and creative arts and other disciplines. Regardless of the discipline, it is required to outline in the proposal how the scholar will add an international perspective to courses in their field and other programs on campus, particularly if proposing a scholar in disciplines such as business or the natural sciences.

Institutions should structure their S-I-R programs to allow visiting scholars to devote some time to their own professional interests during the grant period.

Benefits: The Fulbright award provides grant benefits directly to the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, and includes a monthly stipend, one-time professional allowance and settling in allowance, monthly allowances for accompanying dependents, roundtrip travel, and accident and sickness health coverage. Host institutions are encouraged to think creatively about ways they may be able to provide cost-share to the S-I-R through either a salary supplement and/or assistance with other living expenses through in-kind contributions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137086

Estimated Size of Grant:

Financial Support. Funding from the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs provides scholars with the following:

i. Monthly stipend ranging from $2,710 to $3,145 (depending on location of the U.S. host institution)
ii. Round-trip international travel for the scholar;
iii. One-time settling-in allowance
iv. One-time professional allowance for books, services and professional travel within the United States
v. Monthly dependent allowance for up to two qualifying dependents (must accompany the S-I-R for at least 80% of the entire grant period)
vi. For full academic-year awards, round-trip travel for one qualifying dependent
vii. Accident and sickness coverage

All Fulbright funds are paid directly to the scholar, not to the U.S. host institution.

Term of Contract:

An institution may request a scholar for one semester (no less than three months) or for the full academic year (and no more than 10 months), beginning no earlier than August of the U.S. academic year. The requested dates must fall within the 2019-2020 academic year. The grant may include a two-week period prior to the beginning of classes to allow for settling-in and class preparation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Host Institution Eligibility:

The focus of the S-I-R Program is to engage with institutions that are underrepresented within the Fulbright Program and/or serve minority audiences.

-Minority Serving Institutions (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI), American Indian and Alaskan Native-Serving Institutions (AIANSI), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HIS), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), and Predominately Black Institutions (PBI)
-Community Colleges
-Small Liberal Arts Colleges
-Rural Colleges and Universities

Additionally, there are opportunities for other institutions to partner with preference organizations. Contact staff to learn how S-I-R can help your institution advance its international presence, assist in faculty and curriculum development, and diversify the educational experiences of its students, scholars and surrounding community.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinars are a great tool to learn about the program, discover tips and tricks for submitting a strong proposal and to hear stories from past hosts. Applicants are invited to register for the following webinars:

-Scholar-in-Residence Program Opportunities for Rural Colleges and Universities (May 2, 2018 - 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT):

-Scholar-in-Residence Program Application Walk Through (May 14, 2018 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT):

-Scholar-in-Residence Program Last Call Round 1 (September 5, 2018 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT):–-last-call-round-1

-Scholar-in-Residence Program Last Call Round 2 (October 3, 2018 - 11:30 am to 12:30 pm EDT):–-last-call-round-2

Pre-Application Information:

Institutions are encouraged to think through ways they may be able to provide some sort of cost share contribute to the cost of hosting the visiting scholar through a range of possibilities, including salary supplements and/or in-kind contributions (such as housing, meals or local transportation) which are valuable to help the scholar reside in your area.

Between April - October 1, 2018, S-I-R program staff is happy to review draft proposals and answer any questions related to your proposal throughout the application season. Please send any draft proposals or questions to Kailey Smaczniak via email.

The Fulbright S-I-R institutional proposals are due through the Embark Application system by October 15, 2018.

-October 1, 2018: Last day to submit draft proposals (optional)
-October 15, 2018: Proposal due
-December 2018: External review committee evaluates proposals
-January 2019: IIE notifies applicants of review outcome
-January-April 2019: Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board review recommended proposals. IIE confirms institutional funding
-January-April 2019: Fulbright Commissions or Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies abroad recruit and/or review prospective scholars
-April 2019-onward: IIE issues grant packets to scholars

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Kailey Smaczniak, Program Manager

Institute of International Education
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005-2403

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