Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program offers non-U.S. institutions the opportunity to host American academics or professionals to build expertise in a specific area.  The program strengthens ties between the host institution and the Fulbright Specialist’s home institution in the United States.

Eligibility Requirements for Host Institutions

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 organizations including think tanks; and medical institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals, etc.).

 Eligible Disciplines

Projects designed by prospective host institutions should focus on one of these disciplines:

Agriculture, American Studies, Anthropology, Archeology, Biology Education, Business Administration, Chemistry Education, Communications and Journalism, Computer Science and Information Technology, Economics, Education, Engineering Education, Environmental Science, Law, Library Science, Math Education, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Physics Education, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Social Work, Sociology, and Urban Planning. For information on the English Language Specialist program, please visit https://elprograms.org/specialist/.

Fulbright Specialist Program Activities

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; or 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 Parameters
  • All exchanges must range from 14 to 42 days in length, including weekends, holidays, and travel days.
  • Projects are restricted to one country.
  • Each project is limited to only one Fulbright Specialist grantee.
  • All projects should begin after January 1, 2019 and end no later than September 30, 2020.
Multi-Visit (Serial Projects)
  • If a host institution would benefit by having the Fulbright Specialist visit the host institution more than once, host institutions may apply for their project to be Multi-Visit. Please note that the majority of approved projects are not Multi-Visit, and host institutions will need to provide a strong justification for why this approach would strengthen project outcomes. Multi-Visit projects cannot include more than a total of three trips and all trips must be completed within a one-year period by the same Fulbright Specialist. The one-year period is calculated by adding 12 months from the initial start date of the first visit through the end date of the final visit.  Each visit must be a minimum of 14 days, and the total number of days across all visits cannot exceed six weeks (42 days).
Identifying Fulbright Specialists

Host institutions are not required to identify U.S. academics or professionals to serve as their project’s Fulbright Specialist prior to submitting their project proposal. The program’s implementing partner, World Learning, can identify candidates on the Fulbright Specialist Roster whose experience, credentials, and skills are a good match for the proposed program.

If a host institution has identified a candidate that it would like to serve as the Fulbright Specialist, please note that the individual must be approved by the U.S. Embassy in Tunis and the Fulbright Program.  For more information on the Specialist matching process and the Fulbright Specialist Roster, please visit http://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org.

Program Funding and Cost Share

The U.S. Department of State typically covers roundtrip, economy class international airfare, enrollment in a limited health benefits program, and a daily honorarium for participating Fulbright Specialists. In general, host institutions should provide the Specialist with lodging, meals, and in-country transportation, either through monetary or in-kind contributions. 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.

Prospective Tunisian host institutions that are unable to cover the costs associated with the Specialist’s lodging, meals, and in-country transportation should send an e-mail to TunisExchangesHelp@state.gov to discuss whether special funding may be available to support these expenses.

Application Process for Host Institutions

Prospective host institutions must submit (no later than August 31, 2019) a project proposal via World Learning’s online portal: https://worldlearning-community.force.com/FSPHost.  Only project proposals that are completed in their entirety will be reviewed.  Please note that proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis, and host institutions are encouraged to apply early.

Contact Information

Prospective host institutions should direct all questions to TunisExchangesHelp@state.gov.