Fulbright Visiting Scholar Grants

Since 2010, Duke University has hosted more than 60 scholars from 37 countries through the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. Together these scholars have supported internationalization on Duke’s campus within a diverse range of academic departments and schools. This federal program provides grants annually to approximately 850 foreign scholars from over 100 countries world-wide to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions - from an academic semester to a full year. During the 2019-2020 Academic Year, Duke will host a total of five international scholars through the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. This is just one of several dozen competitions that bear the name of Senator J. William Fulbright, a principal sponsor of federal legislation to foster international relations.

Duke’s active involvement in the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program supports the third theme of the Together Duke  academic strategic plan: Global Engagement, Locally Grounded, in particular with the fulfillment of engagement as a two-way street, in which the interaction of world scholars with the Duke community creates a mutually beneficial learning environment.

Hosting Fulbright Visiting Scholars at Duke

Faculty interested in hosting a Fulbright visiting scholar must only supply a letter of invitation in support of scholars who have applied for the program through the Fulbright Commission in their home country with proposed research projects.

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) covers all finances, including transportation, a living stipend, insurance, and visa processing.

The host department at Duke must agree to provide the following at no charge to the visiting scholar:

  • Access to the library and/or other research facilities
  • Work or office space, if possible
  • Internet access
  • The ability to audit classes and consult with colleagues
  • Connection with Duke Visa Services upon arrival

Applying to be a Fulbright Visiting Scholar

Fulbright Visiting Scholars must have a doctoral degree or equivalent professional training or experience and will carry out research projects of anywhere from three months to two years’ duration.

If you are interested in applying to the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for research at Duke University, visit the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs website to learn more about eligibility and application requirements. To determine if your home country participates in the program, as well as for information on application deadlines, please contact your country's Fulbright Commission or the public affairs section of the US embassy.

Duke faculty who are interested in bringing an international colleague to Duke through this program should contact Nancy Hare Robbins for more information.