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Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP), a component of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, promotes collaboration between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The Fulbright Specialist Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, so that they can participate with their colleagues at host institutions in select disciplines.

Fulbright Specialist Program projects at host institutions range from minimum 14 days to maximum 42 days in duration. The grant period for the project is determined by the host institution and the specialist, and includes the travel period to and from the host institution as well as weekends.

Applications from the following fields and their relevant sub-fields are eligible to apply to the Fulbright Specialist Program:

  • Agriculture
  • American (U.S.) 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

The program does not accept applications in TEFL. Turkish universities interested in inviting U.S. faculty who specialized in TEFL can direct scholars to apply to the U.S. Scholar Program.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Turkish universities, institutions and organizations interested in inviting American specialists should contact the American Programs Unit of the Turkish Fulbright Commission before starting their applications to learn about the prerequisites of the program. Prospective host institutions must submit a project proposal via World Learning’s online portal http://worldlearning-community.force.com/FSPHost. After a project proposal is received, it will be reviewed and approved by the Turkish Fulbright Commission. Only the projects of applicants who have contacted the Turkish Fulbright Commission will be reviewed and submitted for final approval.  Final approvals of each project will be done by the various offices within the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Turkish universities, institutions and organizations should first check if the specialist is registered to the Roster of the program. It is possible to invite faculty or professionals who are not registered to the Roster of the program. In those cases, the prospective candidate must apply to the program Roster and meet the eligibility requirements to be able to participate in the Fulbright Specialist Program. Those prospective candidates who are not registered to the Fulbright Specialist Program Roster should check https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/eligibility-specialists for the application requirements.

Turkish universities, institutions and organizations interested in hosting a specialist should contact the American Programs Unit of the Turkish Fulbright Commission at  amprog@fulbright.org.tr for further information about the program and the application requirements.

 

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