Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program: Application is Open

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, the Institute of International Education (IIE) invites your institution to apply to host a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) during the 2022-2023 academic year.  To expand the number and diversity of host institutions and better support potential applicants, we have 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.

Unique among Fulbright Programs, the S-I-R program is entirely driven by each U.S. institution’s internationalization needs. The S-I-R Program benefits institutions through support to:

Bring an international scholar to your institution for an academic semester or full year.

The Fulbright Program provides J-visa sponsorship, travel, and a modest living stipend to Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence (S-I-Rs) who enhance internationalization efforts at diverse U.S. institutions through:

  • Teaching courses
  • Curriculum development
  • Guest lecturing
  • Cross-campus activities
  • Developing study abroad/exchange partnerships
  • Community engagement


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.

Engage in a transformational experience with wide-ranging impact.

A significant number of former S-I-R institutional hosts and S-I-Rs report that their Fulbright experiences were professionally and personally transformative and led to longer-term impact for U.S. host institutions and Scholars-in-Residence.

Share in our commitment to diversity in the Fulbright Program.
All institutions are eligible to apply for the S-I-R Program, however the U.S. Department of State and IIE encourages 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.

Find out more!

Complete the S-I-R host interest survey no later than May 15, 2021 to receive information and advice regarding your institution’s interest in the S-I-R program.    

Visit the S-I-R Website for full program details and to find details on how to apply.
Attend an upcoming Webinar
Contact us at sir@iie.org

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

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Causer
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist
Institute of International Education

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