Fulbright Specialist Program 2018

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The Fulbright Specialist Program is a unique opportunity to strenghten cooperation between Polish institutions and U.S. academics and established professionals.

About the Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program allows universities, cultural centers, non-governmental organizations, and other institutions abroad to host a leading U.S. academic or professional to work on diverse, short-term collaborative projects.

Fulbright Specialists are a diverse group of highly experienced, well-established faculty members and professionals who represent a wide variety of academic disciplines and professions.  In order to be eligible to serve as a Fulbright Specialist, candidates must have significant experience in their respective professional field and be a U.S. citizen at time of application.

Upon returning to the U.S., program participants are able to contribute their newly gained knowledge and intercultural experience to their home institution or organization. Program participants will also become part of a network of thousands of accomplished Fulbright alumni, opening the door to additional grant possibilities, enhanced career development, and alumni networking and leadership opportunities.

Proposed activities

  • Delivering a seminar or workshop

  • Consulting on faculty or workforce development

  • Lecturing at the graduate or undergraduate level

  • Conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a program or institution

  • Developing academic or training curricula and materials

Spanning a wide range of professional and academic fields, Fulbright Specialist projects have an educational or training focus, address institutional priorities, and promote beneficial linkages between American and Polish host institutions.

Grant duration

14 to 42 days.

Benefits

U.S. Department of State covers costs of international and domestic airfare, visa fees, incidentials and daily honorarium. Host institution is responsible for covering costs of lodging, meals and ground transporation.

How to participate

American specialists interested in participaring in the Fulbright Specialist Program should follow instructions on the World Learning website: fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org. Polish institutions interested in inviting American specialist should visit Polish version of this website: fulbright.edu.pl/specialist.

Eligible disciplines

  • Agriculture
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • 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
  • Urban Planning

Questions?

Contact information: [email protected], tel. +48 882-013-014. Polish institutions interested in participating in the Fulbright Specialist Program should visit Polish version of this website.

Program Officer

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Spanning a wide range of professional and academic fields, Fulbright Specialist projects have an educational or training focus, address institutional priorities, and promote beneficial linkages between American and foreign host institutions. Specialists may conduct activities including, but not limited to:

  • Delivering a seminar or workshop
  • Consulting regarding faculty and/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

Note: Personal and clinical medical research, as well as related projects involving patient contact, are not eligible for funding under the Fulbright Specialist Program. For examples of activities conducted by recent Specialists, see Making an Impact.

Interested candidates can access the application portal by clicking on the Apply button in the top right hand corner of the Fulbright Specialist Program website

Please see Specialist Application for complete application instructions and list of required information.

Fulbright Specialists come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Applicants who are selected to join the Specialist Roster and go on to successfully participate in exchanges generally meet the following criteria:

  • A history of professional and academic excellence. Depending on your field, this could mean completing a terminal degree such as a PhD or JD, having published or exhibited your work, holding a leadership role in a professional organization related to your field, or being named the recipient of an award that recognizes your achievements among other potential accomplishments. It is recommended that all applicants demonstrate at least five years of experience in their respective field.
  • A desire to engage in cross-cultural exchange. Successful applicants demonstrate a desire to work in diverse settings and can explain how cross-cultural exchange will benefit themselves, their work, their home institutions, and the foreign host institutions they partner with.
  • Demonstrate expertise in a specific task or subject area. Host institutions seek expertise in specific areas and on concrete tasks, and are looking for Specialists who can meet these needs and effectively collaborate with their staff or faculty members. Applicants who are able to demonstrate both mastery of a subject area and have experience sharing their knowledge with others, whether as an educator, trainer, or coach, are well suited to the role of a Fulbright Specialist.

For more information on what constitutes a strong Specialist application, please see The Peer Review Process.

All prospective Specialists must complete the full online application and have two letters of reference submitted before their application to join the Specialist Roster will be considered by a peer review panel. Peer review panels meet every eight weeks. Thus, the timeline for selection to the Fulbright Specialist Roster can vary based upon when a candidate’s application is deemed complete and when it is submitted during the peer review cycle.

No. Each year, you may apply to only one Fulbright program. Additionally, if you participate in any Fulbright program (such as Fulbright Specialist or Fulbright Scholar), you must wait two years from the completion of your exchange before you are eligible to participate in any other Fulbright program.