FIU and Fulbright
Since its establishment in 1946 by Congress, the Fulbright Program has given more than 400,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns in over 160 countries.
FIU faculty and students have been active participants as Fulbrighters across the globe for many years. If you are a U.S. student and interested in applying for a scholarship for an international exchange, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program website.
Faculty and professional staff who are interested in learning more, please continue on this page.
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and offers over 400 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in 160 countries. Opportunities are available for faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright offers flexible awards including multi-country opportunities.
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program online program overview, catalog of awards, the Fulbright scholar directory and upcoming and archived webinars offer a good starting point for faculty and international education administrators to gain insights into the many exciting opportunities for engagement across the world.
Since the program is highly competitive, we recommend that you reach out to one of FIU's Fulbright Program Campus Liaisons (see below) for additional guidance.
Fulbright Specialist Program
The Fulbright Specialist Program is a unique opportunity for U.S. academics and established professionals to engage in two- to six-weeks, project-based exchanges at host institutions in 160 countries across the globe. It is designed to bring specialized expertise to the host institution abroad.
The Fulbright Specialist Program online program overview and the eligibility and award description offer a good starting point for interested faculty and senior administrators.
Since the program is competitive, we recommend that you reach out to one of FIU's Fulbright Program Campus Liaisons (see below) for additional guidance.
Hosting a visiting (non-U.S.) Fulbright Scholar
Under the Visiting Fulbright Scholar Program, non-U.S. scholars apply in their home country for a Fulbright grant to carry out advanced research or lecturing at U.S. institutions. In general, it's best to ensure that the hosting institution in the U.S. has designated a faculty host and confirmed it's ability to provide a productive setting (a designated office space, access to institutional resources etc.) for a semester or two.
A short-term hosting opportunity offers the Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) program. The OLF program sponsors visiting scholars who are already hosted by a U.S. institution to travel within the U.S. and give a guest lecture at another institution, generally over 2-3 days.
FIU faculty who are interested in hosting a visiting Fulbright scholar, should first reach out to FIU's Fulbright Program Campus Liaisons (see below) to discuss what the expectations are for hosting visiting Fulbrighter.
FIU Fulbright alumni
FIU counts among its faculty 62 Fulbright program alumni who engaged all around the world to conduct research, teach or a combination thereof. Of these, 41 went abroad as scholars and 19 as specialists, some did so multiple times and some in both capacities. Two of our faculty Fulbrighters were visiting scholars to the U.S. from a foreign country. Valued for their knowledge of and commitment to the program, five of FIU's Fulbrighters now serve as peer reviewers selecting helping to select future grantees.
We are honored that Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, who served as president of Costa Rica from 2014 to 2018 and came to the U.S. as a Visiting Fulbright scholar at the University of Michigan from 1983 to 1985, is currently serving as the Interim Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Center.
FIU's active program alumnus is Dr. Emmanuel Roussakis, Professor Emeritus of Finance, who has been abroad as a Fulbright Scholar in Romania and as a Fulbright Specialist in Russia, Indonesia, Morocco, Kuwait and Tunis between the years 2010 and 2020.
Here are articles on other FIU Fulbright program alumni, such as our 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholars cohort and 2018-2019 Fulbright Distinguished Chair Professor of Law Charles Jalloh.
Associate Professor Carolin Lusby, Fulbright Scholar to Brazil in 2020-2021
Our Fulbright Program Campus Liaisons are pleased to support faculty and staff with applying for a grant or hosting a visiting (non-U.S.) Fulbright scholar at FIU.
| Assefa Melesse|
Fulbright Program Campus Liaison
Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Ethiopia (2011-12)
Professor, Department of Earth & Environment
Birgitta "Gitta" Rausch-Montoto