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International Teaching Residencies

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

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Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Institute of International Education (IIE)

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Deadline Date:

06/01/22 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA IHEs to host international scholars through residency programs. Resident scholars will guest lecture, develop curriculum, teach courses, develop student exchange partnerships, and engage with the college campus and local community. The purpose of the program is to internationalize the nation's curriculum, campuses, and communities, in an effort to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries.

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program is a unique Fulbright Scholar Program initiative that is specifically driven by the goals of U.S. institutions of higher education to enhance internationalization efforts on their campuses. Through the S-I-R Program, institutions host a scholar from outside of the United States for a semester or full academic year. S-I-Rs work across departments and curricula in a variety of ways to widely enhance or expand an existing international program, develop new world area studies programs, add an international dimension to existing coursework or provide an opportunity for U.S. students to learn about a particular world region or country.

The institution benefits from the expertise provided, and the Scholar attains experience in the U.S. higher education arena. The community, through the institution, provides the Visiting Scholar with opportunities to participate in speaking engagements, community meetings, and other grassroots activities. Through this, the institution can diversify the experiences of – and build goodwill among – the community. The S-I-R Program promotes cultural and intellectual diversity among the institution and the wider community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137086

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant benefits for the Fulbright S-I-R include: Round-trip international air travel, a monthly stipend, an allowance for up to two dependents, and initial settling-in and professional allowances.

Term of Contract:

Program duration may be from a semester to a full academic year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The program is open to all accredited U.S. institutions of higher education. Non-U.S. institutions are ineligible. The institution must be in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requiring nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs.
- Foreign scholars are eligible to serve as Scholars-in-Residence. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are ineligible. Foreign citizens desiring to hold or holding permanent residence in the United States are not eligible for Fulbright grants.
- Scholar teaching responsibilities are limited to a maximum of two courses per semester.
- Proposals shall not authorize engagement in pastoral, missionary, or other professional religious activities.
- Proposals shall not authorize engagement in activities for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required.
- U.S. institutions may not host Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence participants in consecutive academic years. An institution hosting an S-I-R in a given academic year must wait one academic before hosting a subsequent S-I-R. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Scholar-in-Residence award. The policies of the FFSB require that preference is given to scholars who have not previously received Fulbright grants, taught, studied, conducted research, or worked in the United States for an extended period of time within the past five years.

Other Considerations:
- Proposals from colleges and universities that serve minority student populations and/or those that have infrequently hosted foreign scholars are highly valued in the S-I-R program competition and are strongly encouraged to apply. Such institutions include but are not limited to: American Indian and Alaska Native Serving Institutions(AIANSIs), Asian American and Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions(AANAPISIs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), military academies, rural colleges and universities, small liberal arts colleges, and community colleges.
- Proposals will be accepted from single institutions as well as jointly from two institutions.

Pre-proposal Conference:

- Scholar-in-Residence Program: 2023-24 Overview and Application Walk Through (March 1, 2022 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
To register:
- S-I-R Host Impact Panel - How can an S-I-R Exchange Contribute to your Institution's Internationalization Efforts and Benefit your Campus Community? (March 23, 2022 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
To register:
- S-I-R Opportunities for Community Colleges and Minority Serving Institutions (April 28, 2022 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
To register:

Applicants are welcome to join an Office Hour. See the online office hours listed at Come prepared with your questions or simply join in to listen. To register for any events, follow the event link and fill out your registration form. A confirmation email will contain the event link to join. You do not need to download any special software or share your camera to join. NOTE: All office hours are (EST) Eastern Standard Time.

Pre-Application Information:

- June 1, 2022, Applications due at 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time
- July-August 2022 Review of proposals
- September 2022 IIE notifies applicants of review outcome
- October 2022-March2023 Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board review recommended proposals. Fulbright Commissions or Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies abroad recruit and/or review prospective scholars for selected institutions.
- March 2023-onward IIE issues grant packets to scholars
- June 2023 S-I-R Virtual Pre-Departure Orientation
- August 2023-January 2024 Scholar Arrivals

IIE will notify applicant institutions by September whether or not their proposals have been recommended to the United States Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. IIE will provide notification of final approval and funding by Spring 2023.

Application Process:

1. Participate in Webinars
Spring 2022 - 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. Please see the webinar schedule under Resources.
2. Plan Proposal
Spring 2022 - S-I-R program staff is happy to provide guidance on developing a strong proposal, support identifying a suitable scholar, and answer questions throughout the application season. Join us for weekly office hours or contact us at
3. Submit Application
The 2023-2024 Scholar-in-Residence host institution application will close on June 1, 2022 at 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. The Fulbright S-I-R institutional proposals are due through the Slate Application system.

Application Review:
- Early Fall 2022: IIE notifies applicant institutions of the review outcome. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board review recommended proposals and Fulbright Commissions and Public Affairs Sections of US Embassies abroad recruit and/or review prospective scholars.
- Spring 2023: IIE issues grant materials to selected scholars and assists host institutions with preparing to host their Scholar-in-Residence during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

Contact the S-I-R Team:

1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005

Grant Coverage Areas:

For a full list of regions and countries participating in the SIR Program, see

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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