Advanced Notice of Funding – Fulbright Specialist Program 2018

Applications open 1 July 2018.

The Fulbright Program is a field-driven initiative in which foreign host institutions conceptualise and design projects of interest within an eligible discipline, that represent a priority for their respective organisations. 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.

Within this broader program, 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.

Program Funding & Cost Share

The U.S. Department of State typically covers round trip, economy class international airfare, enrolment in a limited health benefits program, and a daily honorarium for participating Fulbright Specialists.

In general, 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.


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 Organisations including issue-centred institutions and think tanks; and
  • Medical Institutions (public health organisations, teaching hospitals, etc.).

In addition:

  • All exchanges must range from 14 to 42 days in length, including weekends, holidays and travel days.
  • Projects are restricted to one country, and all project activities must take place in the country requesting the project.
  • Each project is limited to only one Fulbright Specialist grantee.
  • In any given year, no more than one grant can be awarded per institution.

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