The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Program assists U.S. higher education institutions in expanding programs of academic exchange. By supporting non-U.S. scholars through grants for teaching at institutions that might not have a strong international component, both the U.S. institution and the grantee benefit.

Preference is given to institutions that are traditionally less involved in international exchange programs, including hosting visiting scholars and to colleges and universities serving minority audiences, including:

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Hispanic-serving institutions
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities
  • Community Colleges
  • Small Liberal Arts institutions
  • Asian-American and Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI)
  • American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIANSI)
  • Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI)

Grant duration

A semester to full academic year.

Nature of assignment

SIR grantees assist in internationalizing campuses, curriculum and communities, teach undergraduate students in their areas of expertise and provide a cross-cultural or international perspective. Building a relationship with a potential host institution in the U.S. is a key step for Polish scholars who would like to be considered for a S-I-R award.


Details about the application process, required documents and deadlines can be found at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars’ website:

Program Officer