What is Fulbright Specialist Program?
The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP), part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program is field-driven initiatives in which foreign host institutions conceptualize and design projects of interest within an eligible discipline that represent a priority for their respective organizations. These projects are then paired with a highly qualified U.S. academic or professional, who shares their expertise and assists with strengthening linkages between U.S. and foreign host institutions. Participating foreign host institutions benefit by:
– Gaining global perspectives from experienced U.S. academics and professionals;
– Executing projects that require a rapid response or flexible timeline through short-term, year-round exchanges; and
– Building sustained relationships with individuals and institutions in the U.S.
The U.S. Department of State typically covers roundtrip, economy class international airfare, enrollment in a limited health benefits program, and a daily honorarium for participating Fulbright Specialists.
Host institutions should be prepared to provide the Specialist with lodging, meals, and in-country transportation, either through monetary or in-kind contributions, throughout their full stay in country. The stipend for in-country transportation should allow the Specialist to travel to and from their lodging and project activity site as well as allow the Specialist to conduct local activities such as grocery shopping or visiting a local market, pharmacy, etc.
Fulbright Specialist Program Components
The Fulbright Specialist Program encourages host institutions to tailor projects to their own needs. However, all projects should have an education or training focus. Due to the short-term nature of the exchange, projects should have concrete objectives that can be achieved over the course of the Specialist’s visit. Past Specialists have supported host institutions by conducting activities such as:
– Delivering a seminar or workshop
– Consulting on faculty or workforce development
– Developing academic or training curricula and materials
– Lecturing at the graduate or undergraduate level
– Conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a program or institution
Note: Personal research projects, including clinical medical research or projects involving patient contact are not eligible for funding under the Fulbright Specialist Program.
In general, all projects designed by host institutions must adhere to the below eligibility requirements.
– One country per project: With the exception of projects falling under a trilateral grant initiative, Fulbright Specialist projects are restricted to one country. All project activities must take place in the country requesting the project. If the project requests the Specialist to be in multiple locations, all locations must fall in the same country.
– One Specialist per project: A Fulbright Specialist project is restricted to one Specialist grantee.
– Length of project: The length of a Fulbright Specialist project must be a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 42 days, including travel days and weekends.
Identifying Fulbright Specialists
Host institutions are not required to identify U.S. academics or professionals to serve as their project’s Fulbright Specialist prior to submitting their project proposal. On the contrary, if a host institution’s project is approved, the program’s implementing partner, World Learning, will identify candidates on the Fulbright Specialist Roster whose professional experience, academic credentials and foreign language skills match the knowledge and skills articulated by the host institution in its project proposal as being critical to the project’s successful implementation.
If a host institution has identified a candidate that it would like to serve as the Fulbright Specialist, please note that the following conditions must be met:
– The individual must be approved by [Insert Name of Post/Fulbright Commission];
– The individual must be approved to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster; and
– The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board must approve that individual to be matched with the host institution’s specific project.
For more information on the Specialist matching process and the Fulbright Specialist Roster, please visit http://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org.
Institutions that may be eligible to request a Fulbright Specialist include, but are not limited to:
– Institutions of Higher Education;
– Government Institutions (ministries or agencies, courts, parliamentary or congressional bodies);
– Cultural Institutions (conservatories, museums, etc.);
– Non-Governmental Organizations including issue-centered institutions and think tanks; and
– Medical Institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals, etc.).
Projects designed by prospective host institutions should focus on one of the below eligible disciplines:
– American Studies
– Biology Education
– Business Administration
– Chemistry Education
– Communications and Journalism
– Computer Science and Information Technology
– Engineering Education
– Environmental Science
– Library Science
– Math Education
– Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies
– Physics Education
– Political Science
– Public Administration
– Public/Global Health
– Social Work
– Urban Planning
If you are looking for information about the English Language Specialist program, please visit https://elprograms.org/specialist/.
How to Apply
In order to apply for the Specialist Program, prospective host institutions must submit a project proposal via World Learning’s online portal.
After a project proposal is received, it will be reviewed by the U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Only project proposals that are completed in their entirety will be reviewed. Please note that the Embassy typically receives more project proposals from prospective host institutions than it is able to support with limited funding. Therefore, not all proposals submitted will be approved.
If your project proposal is approved by the Embassy it must then be approved by multiple offices within the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
July – September: Prospective host institutions must submit a project proposal via World Learning’s online portal here: https://worldlearning-community.force.com/FSPHost
October – November: The Embassy reviews all applications submitted by the deadline and selects up to three proposals to submit to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for final approval and applicants will be notified of the initial status of their proposals.
December: Final projects selected for funding by the U.S. Department of State will be notified.
January – September: Project implementation period. Upon completion of the project, the Mongolia host institution must submit a final report.