Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence Program

We are currently receiving applications for the Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence Program!!!

What is the Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence Program?

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program is a unique Fulbright Scholar Program initiative that is specifically driven by the goals of U.S. institutions of higher education to enhance internationalization efforts on their campuses. Through the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program, U.S. colleges and universities collaborate with scholars from other countries to assist in internationalizing U.S. campuses, curriculum, and communities. Fulbright S-I-Rs teach primarily on the undergraduate level in their areas of expertise and provide a cross-cultural or international perspective to promote curriculum and program development. Their activities typically enhance the institution’s international/global studies programs, interdisciplinary course/program offerings and broaden international cooperation. In addition, Fulbright S-I-Rs are expected to engage in on-campus and community activities in various ways throughout the program’s duration. S-I-R grants are for either one semester or an academic year.

The scholarship includes:

  • Round-trip international airfare for the S-I-R and one qualifying dependent
  • Accident and sickness health benefits for the S-I-R
  • A monthly stipend depending on grant geographic location.
  • One-time allowances for materials, settling-in expenses, professional development, and Scholar in Residence supplemental allowance,
  • In addition, many host institutions offer cost-sharing benefits (a salary supplement and/or other accommodations, which vary widely according to the resources available at the institutions).

Who can apply for this program?

Applicants must demonstrate their ability to contribute to a complete and faithful image of the culture of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and thus contribute to the mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and the DRC. They must also show intercultural flexibility necessary to successfully adapt to life in the United States. Priority consideration is given to applicants with limited exposure to the U.S. in the past; applicants with a long stay in the United States in the past five years are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must:

  • Be a Congolese citizen.
  • Possess English language proficiency.
  • Have, at minimum, a master’s degree in a teaching discipline. (Discipline: Arts with any specializations)
  • The University teaches courses in Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design, Sculpture, Ceramics, 3D Design, and Photography in addition to general education courses in Non-Western Art, Art History, and Art Appreciation.

NOTE: Applicants who have previously received a Fulbright Program grant for more than two months are not eligible to apply for another grant within five to six years from the date of termination of the previous grant unless an exception has been granted. Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence travel to the U.S. on a J-1 visa, which requires the recipient to return to the DRC for at least two years, at the end of his program. Fulbright S-I-R candidates must have a minimal or no prior experience living in the United States, and the credentials to perform the program and activities described in an institution’s proposal.

Application Guidelines

  • A completed application form,
  • A detailed curriculum vitae,
  • Two letters of references on behalf of the candidate,
  • Letter from scholar’s home institution stating that the scholar will receive leave of absence if selected for the Fulbright grant,
  • A copy of your highest degree.

Please scan all the documents mentioned above and attach them to your application.

The application must be submitted ONLINE.

Grant Activities:

Candidates are sought for awards at U.S. institutions of higher learning to:

  • Teach courses from a comparative or international perspective,
  • Serve as a resource person in interdisciplinary courses or professional programs,
  • Participate in special seminars or colloquia that will benefit from the scholar’s perspective, and
  • Assist in developing new courses or programs, or in upgrading existing course materials.
  • In addition, candidates for S-I-R awards must be prepared to fulfill campus and community engagement activities. Examples include:
  • Serving as a resource for faculty and students in various ways
  • Participating in campus and community life
  • Speaking at civic, professional, and cultural organizations and schools
  • Engaging with local media

Application link: https://apply.iie.org/sir

Deadline: February 2, 2024

Questions ?  E-mail KinshasaExchange@state.gov