FY2021-2022 Fulbright Specialist Program (Deadline: August 31, 2021)

By July 15, 2018 June 3rd, 2021 Fulbright Programs

About the Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP), part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). TheFSP provides highly qualified U.S. academics and U.S. professionals whose credentials and experience are at the faculty or full professional level with an opportunity to share their expertise by carrying out projects requested by host institutions abroad. The program is a field-driven initiative, conceptualization and designing projects of interest within an eligible discipline that represents a priority for the host institution.

These projects are then paired with a Specialist, who shares their expertise and assists with strengthening linkages between U.S. and foreign host institutions. Specialists are frequently academics; however, professionals such as attorneys, journalists, scientists, economists, security experts, and experts in eligible fields (such as business, communications, public health, and public administration) often take part in the program as well. Participating foreign host institutions benefit by:

  • Gaining global perspectives from experienced U.S. academics and professionals
  • Executing projects that require a rapid response or flexible timeline through short-term, year-round exchanges; and
  • Building sustained relationships with individuals and institutions in the U.S.

Eligibility Requirement for Host Institutions

Institutions that may be eligible to request a Fulbright Specialist include, but not limited to:

  • Institution of Higher Education
  • Government Institutions (ministries or agencies, courts, parliamentary or congressional bodies);
  • Cultural institutions (conservatories, museums, etc);
  • Medical Institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals, etc).
  • Non – Governmental Organizations (NGOs, think tanks)

Fulbright Specialist Program Activities:

The Fulbright Specialist Program encourages host institutions to tailor projects to their own needs. However, all projects should have an education or training focus. Due to the short-term nature of the exchange, projects should have concrete objectives that can be achieved over the course of the Specialist’s visit. Past Specialists have supported host institutions by conducting activities such as:

  • Delivering a seminar or workshop
  • Consulting on faculty 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 research projects, including clinical medical research or projects involving patient contact, are not eligible for funding under the Fulbright Specialist Program.

Program Parameters:

  • All exchanges must range from 14 – 42 days in length, including weekend, holidays and travel days.
  • Projects are restricted to one country, and all project activities must take place in the country requesting the project.
  • Each project is limited to only one Fulbright Specialist grantee.
  • Fulbright Specialist projects must be carried out in-person.

If a host institution would benefit by having the Fulbright Specialist visit the host institution more than once, host institutions may apply for their project to be Multi-Visit. Multi-Visit projects cannot include more than a total of three trips. Please note that the majority of approved projects are not Multi-Visit.

Eligible Disciplines

Projects designed by prospective host institutions should focus on one of the below eligible disciplines:

*Agriculture                           *Computer                     *Peace Conflict

*American Studies                 *Science & IT               *Resolution Studies

*Anthropology                        *Economics                  *Physics Education

*Archaeology                           *Education                  *Political Science

*Biology Education                *Public Administration

*Business Administration      *Social Work              * Engineering Education

*Chemistry Education            *Law                            *Environmental Science

*Math Education                    *Library Science           *Communication and Journalism

*Public Administration           *Urban Planning          *Public/Global Health

*Social Work                          *Sociology

Projects that focus on areas related to Economic Development, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Civic Engagement, Law Enforcement, Investigative Journalism, and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) are encouraged.

Priority Fields

Business Administration and Job Creation, Cyber Security and IT, Entrepreneurship, Disaster Response, Media Literacy / Countering Disinformation, Public Administration, Public / Global Health, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). 

Identifying Fulbright Specialists:

Host institutions are not required to identify U.S. academics or professionals to serve as their project’s Fulbright Specialist prior submitting their project proposal. On the contrary, if a host institution’s project is approved, the program’s implementing partner, World Learning, will identify candidates on the Fulbright Specialist Roster whose professional experience, academic credentials and foreign language skills match the knowledge and skills articulated by the host institution in its project proposal as being critical to the project’s successful implementation.

If a host institution has identified a candidate that it would like to serve as the Fulbright Specialist, please note that the following conditions must be met:

  • The individual must be approved by MACEE
  • The individual be approved to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster; and
  • The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board must approve that individual to be matched with the host institution’s specific project.

Program Funding and Cost Share

The U.S. Department of State typically covers round trip, economy class international airfare, enrollment in a limited health benefits program, and a daily honorarium for participating Fulbright Specialist. In general, host institutions should be prepared to provide the Specialist with lodging, meals, and in-country transportation, either through monetary or in-kind contributions, throughout their full stay in country. The stipend for in-country transportation should allow the Specialist to travel to and from their lodging and project activity site as well as allow the Specialist to conduct local activities such as grocery shopping or visiting a local market, pharmacy, etc.

Application Process for Host Institutions

Prospective host institutions must submit a project proposal to MACEE by August 31, 2021. After the project proposal is received, it will be reviewed by MACEE. Only project proposals that are completed in their entirety will be reviewed. Please note that MACEE received more project proposals from prospective host institutions than it is able to support with limited funding. Therefore, not all proposals submitted will be approved. If your project proposal is approved by MACEE, then it must be approved by multiple offices within the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. If your project proposal is approved by MACEE, it must then must be approved by multiple offices within the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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Fulbright Specialist Program Overview

Hosting a U.S. Fulbright Specialist

Individuals interested in serving as a Fulbright Specialist must meet all eligibility requirements including:

  • Be a U.S. citizen and
  • Have significant experience in one of the eligible disciplines, as demonstrated by professional, or academic, or artistic achievements.

For a complete list of eligibility requirements and information on how to apply to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster, please visit https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org

U.S. academics and professionals interested in applying to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster, should direct all questions to World Learning at fulbrightspecialist@worldlearning.org

Contact Information

Prospective host institutions should direct all questions to:-     

Kalis – kalis@macee.org.my

Karen – karenjit@macee.org.my   or contact us at 03-21668878 

Fulbright Specialist Program
18th Floor, Menara Yayasan Tun Razak
200 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur     
Tel:  03-2166 8878   Fax: 03-2166 1878     Email: kalis@macee.org.my                          

Please forward the applications to MACEE by August 31, 2021.