Scholar-In-Residence (SIR)

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program supports Jordanian scholars through grants for teaching at American institutions.

Application cycle:

November 2, 2020

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Through the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program, U.S. colleges and universities collaborate with scholars from other countries to assist in internationalizing U.S. campuses, curricula and communities.

Fulbright S-I-Rs teach primarily at the undergraduate level in their areas of expertise and provide a cross-cultural or international perspective to promote curricula and program development. Their activities enhance the institution’s international/global studies programs, assist in the development of interdisciplinary program offerings and broaden international cooperation. In addition, Fulbright S-I-Rs are expected to engage in both on-campus and community activities throughout the program’s duration.

U.S. colleges and universities apply to the Institute of International Education (IIE) to host a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for either one semester or an academic year. The Scholar can be in most academic disciplines provided that the courses taught offer an international perspective. Institutions can propose a specific candidate by name, or IIE can work with U.S. Embassies and Fulbright.

S-I-R outreach

Public outreach on and off campus is a very important component of the S-I-R Program, Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence are lecturers and cross-cultural consultants as well as researchers. Most importantly, S-I-Rs teach Americans about their country as well as provide a perspective on their particular academic field from the context of their country and culture. By performing public outreach, S-I-R scholars, in turn, gain an in-depth view of U.S. culture and society.

S-I-R outreach can take place both on campus as well as off campus:

  • On campus: in addition to classroom teaching and/or lecturing, host institutions faculty or staff can ask an S-I-R to provide consultation to help them develop new courses, programs of study, exchange activities and/or contacts to make connections with institutions in the S-I-R’s country.
  • Off campus: An S-I-R will be asked to give talks to groups of people in the surrounding communities, which may include people who have little or no knowledge about the S-I-R’s country or culture. It is expected that through public speaking events, an S-I-R scholar can promote dialogue, learning and improved understanding about his or her country among Americans.

What does the SIR grant cover

S-I-R Grant benefits are the same as for Fulbright visiting scholars, and include:

A monthly stipend, a settling-in-allowance, professional allowance, dependent allowance (where applicable), and round-trip travel for grantee and dependent (where applicable). In addition, many host institutions offer cost-sharing benefits (a salary supplement and/or other accommodations).

More information about the grant

Full details about the grant, guidance for institutions to apply as well as FAQs and more can be found here.



Required Tests

Required Documents

Required Characteristics

Required Fields

Program Components

English language proficiency


Required Essays and Letters

Recommendation letters

What do we cover

How to apply

J-1 Visa

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