Fulbright Specialist Program | Research Exchange Funding
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The Fulbright Specialist Program, part of the larger Fulbright Program, pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions.
Through the Fulbright Specialist Program, U.S. academics and professionals can apply their knowledge and expertise to a diverse array of activities including, but not limited to:
- Delivering seminars, trainings or workshops
- Consulting on faculty or workforce development
- Developing academic or training curricula and materials
- Lecturing at the graduate or undergraduate level
- Engaging in strategic or institutional planning
- Conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a program or institution
Funding: The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), along with host institutions abroad*, provide U.S.-based Specialists with full funding to participate in Fulbright Specialist projects. Benefits include: Round-trip, economy class airfare between the U.S. and host country, transit allowance, all applicable visa fees, daily honorarium, enrollment in a limited health benefits program, lodging, meals, and in-country transportation.
Duration: 2-6 weeks
Eligibility: For Host institutions, the Fulbright Specialist Program welcomes participation from a wide array of institutions, including universities, non-governmental organizations, cultural centers, and medical facilities. As for the Fulbright specialists, both university faculty members and highly experienced non-academics, including legal experts, business professionals, artists, scientists, and journalists, are encouraged to apply and use their unique expertise in support of host institutions abroad. U.S. partners who are not yet listed as Fulbright Specialists can apply to become one as part of the larger application process.
How to Apply: The Fulbright Specialist Program is a field-driven initiative in which host institutions abroad conceptualize and design projects of interest that represent a priority for their respective organizations. Once a host institution has developed their initial project design, they submit a project proposal to the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in their country. If a Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy approves a project proposal, that proposal is forwarded to the ECA, for further review and approval. A project is only officially approved after the review by ECA. The entire application process is outlined here.
- More information about the program is available from the US Embassy in Switzerland and directly from the Fulbright program
- For any other questions, please contact the Research Office
*Note that cost-share by the host institution is normally required, but is being waived for all applications with Swiss host institutions submitted before 28 February 2024