“[Fulbright] scholars have benefited from an enhanced appreciation of the global impact
of their academic specializations, a reinvigorated classroom presence and a desire
to become major participants in their home campuses’ internationalization. Fulbright
helps faculty and administrators build a ‘multiplier effect’ by infusing cross-cultural
perspectives into curricula, revitalizing teaching methods and opening doors for international
colleagues and students.”
(Source: Council for International Exchange of Scholars)
As an administrator, your encouragement for faculty pursuing a Fulbright experience can make all the difference.
Based on information collected from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, here are some questions to ask your college or department:
Does your college or department clearly and regularly articulate support for faculty pursuing a Fulbright opportunity? If so, how?
Has your college or department discussed how a Fulbright experience may affect timing a sabbatical, promotion and tenure, salary and benefits, and more? If so, how has this information been clearly communicated to the faculty in your college or department?
How does your college or department recognize Fulbright scholars? Fulbright scholars often return energized with new ideas for international engagement, so maximizing their energy and enthusiasm can help encourage other faculty or even students to explore international opportunities. Here are some ideas:
1. Publish names of grant winners in campus publications, magazines, newsletters, etc.
2. Host a reception or luncheon upon scholar's return.
3. Send congratulatory letters to grantees signed by appropriate administrators.
4. Highlight grantees during any international focused event on campus.
5. Recognize overseas experience with merit salary review and tenure decisions.
HOSTING A FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR
Is your college or department interested in hosting a Fulbright scholar? This is a great opportunity for faculty to learn about the Fulbright Program and to establish connections with international colleagues. Non-U.S. scholars can be hosted through the Fulbright Scholar in Residence Program (long term) or the Outreach Lecturing Fund (short term).
Regional Fulbright Alumni Fund
A great way for faculty to learn about Fulbright opportunities in their field is to connect with Fulbright scholars in the surrounding region.
Academic departments interested in hosting a Fulbright Alumni Scholar to give a talk or meet faculty within their department can apply to the Regional Fulbright Alumni Fund worth up to $400 to offset the scholar’s travel costs to Bowling Green. To apply, please direct faculty to complete the following form and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org: Regional Fulbright Alumni Fund.
Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar
The International Education Administrators Seminar allows administrators to learn about their host country’s education system while creating connections with international colleagues. Grant duration typically lasts up to two weeks. Senior higher education officials and international education professionals are eligible (click here for more for more information on eligibility). Host countries include: India, Japan, Korea, France, and Germany.
Hosting a Visiting Scholar
Hosting Visiting Scholars through the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program can strengthen your department or college’s internationalization efforts, as these scholars provide new ideas and perspectives and broaden international connections. Below are three ways to host a Fulbright Visiting Scholar.
Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Program
U.S. colleges and universities apply to CIES to host a Fulbright SIR for either a semester or academic year to teach courses that provide an international perspective. U.S. institutions can name a specific scholar or opt for CIES to work with U.S. embassies and Fulbright Commissions overseas to recruit a scholar whose academic background aligns with the proposed activities.
Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF)
This program funds campuses to host Fulbright Visiting Scholars already in the U.S. for short-term speaking engagements. The OLF award covers the cost of a roundtrip ticket from the scholar’s host institution, and the OLF host is expected to cover local transportation, lodging, and meals. Through this program, below are some ways to utilize inviting a Fulbright Visiting Scholar:
- Meet with your faculty and students to engage in informal discussions and exchange of ideas;
- Offer a department, college, or university-wide lecture;
- Speak on their culture and history of their country.
Core Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program
The most common way visiting scholars come to the U.S. through the Fulbright Program to lecture or conduct research is through the Core Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. Similar to the Core U.S. Scholar Program, only in reverse, scholars from other countries submit applications to their in-country Fulbright Commission, or in countries without one, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy. U.S. hosting institutions are not involved in the review of these scholars’ applications. If your college or department would like to host a particular scholar, keep in mind:
- CIES suggests connecting with the scholar throughout their application process;
- You may suggest the scholar names WKU as their preferred host affiliate;
- Relevant faculty must provide a letter of invitation to support the scholar’s application.
For more information click here.
- Fulbright Opportunities
- WKU Faculty Resources
- WKU Administrator Resources
- Council for International Exchange of Scholars Homepage
- Kentucky Fulbright Association
- Fulbright Week
- WKU Fulbright Scholar Homepage
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