Fulbright Specialist Program

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.

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. And lodging, meals, and in-country transportation is typically covered by the host institution, either through monetary or in-kind contributions, throughout their full stay in country.

Individuals interested in serving as a Fulbright Specialist must meet all eligibility requirements including:

  • Be a U.S. citizen; and
  • Have significant experience in one of the eligible disciplines, as demonstrated by professional, academic, or artistic achievements.

For a complete list of eligibility requirements and information on how to apply to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster, please visit https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/.

U.S. academics and professionals interested in applying to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster should direct all questions to World Learning at fulbrightspecialist@worldlearning.org.

For U.S. academics and professionals to become eligible to serve as a Fulbright Specialist, they must first be approved to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster. In order to join the Roster, interested candidates submit a full application (including CV and two letters of reference) via the online portal. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Upon receipt of an application, World Learning conducts a review of the candidate’s full dossier to ensure that they meet all eligibility requirements. All eligible applicants are then reviewed by a Peer Review Panel, consisting of three panelists of the same general field as the applicant who have demonstrated professional experience and have been chosen for their knowledge and expertise.

Peer Review Panels evaluate applications to join the Fulbright Specialist Program every eight weeks. For Specialist application evaluation criteria and deadlines, visit fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/the-peer-review-process/.

Prospective Specialists and host institutions participate in a competitive selection and matching process.

Step One: Host institution develops project proposal and seeks approval.
Step Two: Interested individuals apply to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster.
Step Three: Eligible individuals on the Fulbright Specialist Roster matched to host institution projects.
Step Four: Final approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Step Five: Fulbright specialist implements project abroad with host institution.

To learn more about how Fulbright Specialist projects are administered, click here.