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

Grants to USA Colleges and Universities to
Support International Teaching Residencies

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

11/01/19 11:59 PM EDT


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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. Funding is intended to bring international representatives to enhance the curriculum, campuses, and host communities.

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
  • Participating in college/university organizations
  • Speaking at civic organizations and to other professional and cultural groups andinstitutions
  • Working with local primary and secondary schools and school districts
  • Engaging with local media 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137086

Estimated Size of Grant:

The S-I-R Program provides a stipend of up to $3145 a month, along with travel expenses for the grantee and one accompanying dependent (based on grant length). A monthly allowance is also provided for accompanying dependents.. The S-I-R also receives modest settling-in and professional allowances.

Term of Contract:

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

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 (AANAPISIs), American Indian and Alaskan Native-Serving Institutions (AIANSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HISs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs)
- Community Colleges
- Small Liberal Arts Colleges
- Rural Colleges and Universities

Institutions who may not fall under these classifications are still welcome to apply by partnering with these institutions. Contact Fulbright to learn how the S-I-R Program 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:

- Webinar - Scholar-in-Residence – Last Call (Round 1) (September 10, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
Register online:

- Webinar - Scholar-in-Residence – Last Call (Round 2) (October 17, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
Register online:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process/Calendar:
- October 1, 2019: Last day to submit draft proposals (optional)
- November 1, 2019: Proposal due
- December 2019: External review committee evaluates proposals
- January 2020: IIE notifies applicants of review outcome
- January-April 2020: Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board review recommended proposals. IIE confirms institutional funding
- January-April 2020: Fulbright Commissions or Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies abroad recruit and/or review prospective scholars
- April 2020-onward: IIE issues grant packets to scholars

IIE strongly encourages all institutions interested in applying for an S-I-R award to contact the S-I-R program staff for advice before preparing and submitting proposals. IIE is available to provide feedback on draft proposals if submitted no later than one month before the deadline. Please contact Kailey (Smaczniak) Atwater via email to submit a draft.

Application Guidelines:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Kailey (Smaczniak) Atwater, Program Manager

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

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