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). This program provides local organizations, referred to as host institutions, the opportunity to access U.S. expertise that they may not otherwise have access to. Where an organization needs expert assistance on a specific, clearly defined project, they can apply to have an American academic or other professional who has the required expertise, assist them as a Fulbright Specialist. The Fulbright Specialist can be an individual known to the host institution or could be identified by the Fulbright Program based on the host institution’s requirements. These projects are typically for 2-6 weeks and are host institution initiated. The Fulbright Specialist Program aims to strengthen linkages between U.S. organizations and host institutions and have the following benefits:
Gaining global perspectives from experienced U.S. academics and professionals;
Executing projects that require a rapid response or flexible timeline through short-term exchanges, and
Building sustained relationships with individuals and institutions in the U.S.
Program Costs 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. However, if your institution is unable to cover these costs, and if your project goals closely align with the current Integrated Country Strategy for South Africa, there may be limited funding available to support these expenses.
For further details about the Fulbright Specialist Program, download information:
- Host Institution Online Application Instructions (PDF 2MB)
- Fulbright Specialist Program Information For Host Institutions (PDF 2MB)
- Hosting a U.S. Fulbright Specialist (flyer) (PDF 131 KB)
- The Fulbright Specialist Program (flyer) (PDF 364KB)
- Fulbright U.S. Specialist Program – website update
Additional information about the program can also be found on the World Learning website: https://fulbrightspecialist.worldlearning.org/