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Programa Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence

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

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 to teach courses, assist in curriculum development, guest lecture, develop study abroad/exchange partnerships and engage with the campus and the local community.

S-I-Rs work across departments and curricula in a variety of ways to significantly 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.

Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence (S-I-Rs) enhance internationalization efforts at diverse U.S. institutions through:

Teaching courses.

Cross-campus activities.

Curriculum developmen.

Developing study abroad/exchange partnerships.

Guest lecturing.

Community engagement.


Any U.S. institution can apply.

All institutions are eligible to apply for the S-I-R Program, however the U.S. Department of State and IIE encourage Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), community colleges, small liberal arts colleges, rural colleges and universities, and military colleges and universities, or institutions to submit an S-I-R application.

Grant Length

One semester or full academic year.

Grant Dates

2022-2023 academic year.

Applicant Profile:


  • The S-I-R program is entirely driven by each U.S. institution’s internationalization needs.
  • Institutional hosts may apply to host a Scholar-in-Residence in a discipline that would benefit from a comparative or international perspective. This may include regional or area studies, although foreign language teaching is normally supported through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program. Hosts also have the option to propose a specific scholar or IIE can work with Fulbright Commissions or U.S. Embassies abroad to recruit Scholar-in-Residence candidates.


  • The Fulbright Program provides J-visa sponsorship, travel, and a modest living stipend to Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence (S-I-Rs).

To expand the number and diversity of host institutions and better support potential applicants, IIE has developed an institutional interest survey to gather information about how to address your interests and needs, provide application assistance, and strengthen your ability to submit a successful S-I-R proposal in this application cycle or in the future. We strongly encourage you to complete this survey as soon as possible and no later than May 15, 2021.

Application Deadline for academic year 2022-2023 is October 15, 2021.