The 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.  This 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 may include higher educational institutions; government ministries or agencies, courts, as well as parliamentary or congressional institutions; cultural institutions, such as conservatories or museums; non-governmental organizations including think tanks; and medical institutions, such as public health organizations and teaching hospitals.  Please note that this list is not exhaustive and other institutions may apply for the Fulbright Specialist program.

Eligible Disciplines

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

Agriculture, American Studies, Anthropology, Archeology, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Communication and Journalism, Computer Science and Information Technology, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Science, Law, Library Science, Mathematics, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Physics, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Social Work, Sociology, and Urban Planning.

For programs regarding English Language Education, please see our English Language Specialist program, here: 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 realistic, concrete objectives that can be achieved during the Specialist’s visit timeline.  Please note that personal research projects, including clinical medical research or projects involving patient contact, are not eligible for funding under the Fulbright Specialist Program.  Previous Specialists have supported host institutions by conducting activities, such as:

  • Delivering workshops tailed to the needs of a specific audience
  • 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.

Program Parameters

  • All exchanges must range from 14 to 42 days in length.
  • Projects are restricted to one country and one specialist.
  • All projects should occur from January 1, 2022, to September 30, 2023.

Multi-Visit Projects

Some projects may require more than one visit. 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 most approved projects are not multi-visit, and host institutions will need to provide a strong justification within their proposal for why this approach would strengthen the project’s 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.  Each visit must be a minimum of 14 days, and the total number of days from all visits cannot exceed six weeks or 42 days. 

Identifying Fulbright Specialists

Host institutions are not required to identify U.S. academics or professionals as their project’s Fulbright Specialist prior to submitting their proposal. The program’s implementing partner, World Learning, can identify candidates on the Fulbright Specialist roster whose experience, credentials, and skills would be 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, 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. As part of this exchange program, host institutions should provide the Fulbright 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.

Application Process for Host Institutions

Prospective host institutions must submit a project proposal via World Learning’s online portal: https://worldlearning-community.force.com/FSPHost. Proposals must be finalized prior to December 17, 2021.  Please note that only project proposals that are completed in their entirety will be reviewed.  Competitive proposals will have the following:

  • Clear and measurable project outcomes
  • A clear timeline of the Fulbright Specialist’s project and impact
  • Specific skills required for the Fulbright Specialist listed on the proposal
  • Clear instructions on how the institution will share the costs of the Specialist, such as meals, in-country transportation, and lodging

Contact Information

Prospective host institutions should direct all questions to TunisExchangesHelp@state.gov.  Please mention SPECIALIST in the subject line.