Awards to the U.S.

Scholar-in-Residence Program (SIR)

Description and Purpose

  1. The Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Program is institution-focused, and supports proposals developed by U.S. institutions.
  2. The SIR Program  is open to all accredited U.S. institutions of higher education. A U.S. institution can maximize capacity-building by using the Visiting Scholar for work across departments and curricula. This work ranges from teaching undergraduate courses to advising on faculty and curriculum development.
  3. Through the SIR Program, a participating U.S. institution can establish formal ties to overseas institutions that lead to the development of new international exchange activities.
  4. Taiwan’s scholars can participate in the SIR Program by becoming Fulbright Scholars or recommended by IIE from overseas who teach or research at the participating institutions in the United States.
  5. Scholars from Taiwan cannot apply for the positions themselves; rather, they are invited and appointed by the U.S. Department of State through due process.
  6. The announcement below is for the 2024-2025 program, per the U.S. side’s request to recruit appropriate Taiwan scholar.






10 months


February 19, 2024


Computer Science (Specialization: Bioinformatics)


Host University: Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS (


Duration: 10 months, from August 10, 2024


Summary of Activities: Scholar will evaluate existing curricula to decolonize curricula and integrate global trends to Bioinformatics curriculum, teach two Bioinformatics graduate courses and pursue collaborative research with MVSU faculty. Scholar will also engage in outreach activities both within and outside the campus, that may include weekly seminars at area middle and high schools, cultural showcase at child development centers, MVSU Study Abroad Workshops and Curriculum Internationalization sessions.


Academic Program: Scholar will be housed in the Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health and will be teaching two Bioinformatics graduate courses per semester. Scholar will participate in departmental and institutional committee meetings, engage in peer-reviewed scholarly activities, attending and presenting at professional conferences, and perform service projects. Scholar will work collaboratively with MVSU faculty to prepare accreditation reports, reviewing and plan curricula. Scholar will also collaborate local K-12 school community to help understand U.S. school

system. Scholar will collaborate with faculty in assessment, recruitment, and retention activities. Scholar will be assigned a faculty mentor and administrative mentor. Faculty mentor will be a Bioinformatics faculty from

the Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health, whereas the Administrative mentor will be the Executive Director of International Programs.


Plans for Other Campus Activities: Curriculum Internationalization Forum: Scholar can participate in curriculum internationalization forums to share best practices in curriculum internationalization and meet with other faculty who incorporate knowledge and exposure of global events, opportunities, cultures, and challenges to internationalize their curriculum.


Global Ambassadors Programs (GAP) Committee: Scholar will be part of the GAP committee. The scholar will get an opportunity to contribute to strengthen existing academic and research collaborations worldwide, open doors for new connections, foster study abroad, international academic and research opportunities, and enhance the university’s global impact.


Campus Events and Cross Cultural Activities: The OIP and Student Affairs in partnership with various student organizations, fraternity and sorority houses conduct various activities throughout the year. Scholar will be invited to participate and even perform at these activities based on their interest.


Community Outreach: Scholar will be able to present at StudyMississippi annual conference and other yearlong events to connect with administration

and faculty from 17 other higher education institutions from across Mississippi.


Local Media, Government and Chamber of Commerce Outreach: The OIP has a strong partnership with local media, Government and Chamber of Commerce, and will connect the scholar with these entities.


Community and Cultural Institutions Outreach: Mississippi Delta has a rich cultural and music heritage. OIP will help scholar to volunteer at B.B. King Symposium attended by world renowned musicians from Mississippi Delta and across the U.S. OIP will arrange visits to B.B. King Museum (Indianola, MS), Museum of the Mississippi Delta (Greenwood, MS) and National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN), local businesses, religious groups, and Rotary Club to help scholar connect with local community and leaders.


  1. A monthly stipend totaling $2,850 per month
  2. A professional allowance of US$1,125
  3. A settling-in allowance of US$750
  4. A S-I-R supplemental allowance of $3,000
  5. A $250 materials allowance
  6. A dependent allowance is payable for dependents accompanying the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period. Grantees with one accompanying dependent will receive $200 per month; with two or more accompanying dependents, $350 per month.
  7. Accident and sickness insurance for the grantee only, provided under the Department of State’s regular program. Accident and sickness insurance for accompanying dependents is at the expense of the grantee and is required by U.S. J‐visa regulations. Grantees bringing dependents are advised to research dependent health insurance options prior to arriving in the U.S.
  8. A direct-flight, round-trip basic-economy-class air ticket for grantee and one dependent (Must take US airlines)
  9. Other possible supports provided by the local university/ college (based on the host institution’s proposal)

For further information, please visit: Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program

Note: The benefits are subject to the announcement of the Department of State.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants are eligible who

  1. Minimum Qualifications: Doctorate
  2. Number of years of teaching experience: Minimum of 3 years
  3. Level of experience: Assistant professor or Adjunct at a minimum
  4. Meet the Grant Conditions and Provisions (Eligibility & Visa)

Applicants are Ineligible who

  1. Are currently teaching, studying, or conducting research in the U.S.
  2. Have received a J-1 visa in the category of Professor/Research Scholar within the past 2 years. They cannot be issued another J-1 visa in the category of Professor/Research Scholar.

Application Procedure


By February 19, 2024 the following items are due in the online application

  1. A dossier and CV;
  2. Two letters of Reference on behalf of the scholar
  3. A letter from the scholar’s home institution stating that the scholar will receive leave of absence if selected for the Fulbright grant

More details about the application instruction is available by email to per request.


An in-person English interview in Fulbright Taiwan office in Taipei on February 22, 2024


The application process has been completed! Wait for the notification letter!

Selection Procedure


A Selection Committee (academic peers from a variety of disciplines, Board members, and staff) reviews all documents and proposals of teaching plans, interviews all candidates,  and recommends a slate for final selection by the Board of Fulbright Taiwan.


Applicants are notified by Fulbright Taiwan of nomination/non-nomination after the Board meeting. Their nomination is also sent to IIE for the second-round selection, competing with the nomination from Australia. The finalist will be sent to J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB).

The grant is then subject to:

  1. Approval by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB)
  2. Acceptance of the candidate’s proposal of teaching plan by Mississippi Valley State University

April to May

Final approval is then normally received by Fulbright Taiwan in April to May and conveyed to grantees as soon as received.


IIE and the Department of State will organize a virtual pre-departure orientation for the selected Fulbright S-I-Rs in early June. In addition, Fulbright Taiwan will include the S‐I‐R scholar in another in-person pre‐departure orientation organized for other Fulbright Visiting Scholars going to the U.S. from Taiwan. 


The Scholar applies for the Fulbright J-1 visa with the DS-2019 issued by Fulbright/IIE, and arranges the travel based on the S-I-R policy.


Start the S-I-R program in the U.S.

Note: All Taiwan grantees traveling to the U.S. must hold a J-type visa for academic and cultural exchange programs.


Fulbright Taiwan would like to encourage more American institutions to take advantage of Taiwan scholars in the SIR program, and simultaneously help more Taiwan scholars go to the U.S.


You may have specific contacts in the U.S. You may have specific places you would like to be a SIR. Unfortunately, these schools have to request IIE for a Taiwan scholar. Work with Fulbright Taiwan to contact American institutions or U.S. scholars to encourage them to request a scholar from Taiwan!



The program is open to all accredited U.S. institutions of higher education. Non-U.S. institutions are ineligible. The institution must be in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requiring nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs.



To host a SIR in 2025-2026, the U.S. university should complete the interest survey by December, and submit the application by June 3, 2024. More details are in S-I-R website:

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