As CSI’s campus representative for Fulbright, I am writing to encourage you to apply for a grant in this year’s competition. Fulbright offers teaching and/or research grants to faculty and other professionals in more than 125 countries, and is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).

There are two programs that may be of interest to you. The first is the Core Fulbright Scholar Program, which offers grants of between two and 12 months in a wide variety of fields. Each year, approximately 800 of these grants are awarded nationally. The next round of this competition opened on February 2, and applications are due in the summer. More information is available online.

The second program is the Fulbright Specialist Program, which CIES describes as follows:

“The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas.  The program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative two- to six-week projects at eligible institutions in over 140 countries worldwide.  Shorter grant lengths give Specialists greater flexibility to pursue projects that work best with their current academic or professional commitments.  International travel costs and a per day grant payment are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating host institutions cover grantee in-country expenses or provide in-kind services.

Project requests are submitted by non-U.S. institutions and focus on strengthening and supporting institutions’ development needs. Eligible activities include short-term lecturing, conducting seminars, teacher training, assessments and evaluations, and special conferences or workshops, as well as collaborating on faculty development and curriculum or institutional planning.” More information is available online.

Over the years, quite a few CSI faculty have received Fulbright grants to support their teaching and research. Please review the list of  Fulbrighters in the Division of Humanities and Social Scientists–they would certainly be able to provide valuable firsthand information to those who are interested in applying. The competition is open to faculty across the disciplines, and further information about the availability of grants is posted on the program’s Website. We plan to hold an information session in this semester to provide support and advice to interested faculty. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss the program or plan to apply.