Applications of Fulbright Specialist Project proposal submitted by Philippine (local) institutions must be submitted through the online application site. Applications are accepted or can be submitted in a year-round, rolling application process, but should be submitted within the current U.S. fiscal year (i.e. beginning October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019).
As a kind reminder, all FY 2019 projects should begin after January 1, 2019 and end no later than September 30, 2020.
Adequate lead-time is given for recruitment of specialists who best fit the program request/proposal. Please allow a minimum of three month lead-time before the requested start date. Philippine host institutions should be prepared to provide the Fulbright Specialist with lodging, meals, and in-country transportation, either through monetary or in-kind contributions, throughout their full stay in the country. Feel free to contact the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) for further questions.
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). The program is a field-driven initiative in which foreign host institutions conceptualize and design projects of interest within an eligible discipline that represent a priority for their respective organizations. These projects are then paired with a highly qualified U.S. academic or professional, who shares their expertise and assists with strengthening linkages between U.S. and foreign host institutions. 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 Requirements for Host Institutions
Institutions that may be eligible to request a Fulbright Specialist include, but are not limited to:
- Institutions of Higher Education;
- Government Institutions (ministries or agencies, courts, parliamentary or congressional bodies);
- Cultural Institutions (conservatories, museums, etc.);
- Non-Governmental Organizations including issue-centered institutions and think tanks; and
- Medical Institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals, etc.).
Projects designed by prospective host institutions should focus on one of the below eligible disciplines:
- American Studies
- Biology Education
- Business Administration
- Chemistry Education
- Communications and Journalism
- Computer Science and Information Technology
- Engineering Education
- Environmental Science
- Library Science
- Math Education
- Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies
- Physics Education
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Public/Global Health
- Social Work
- Urban Planning
If you are looking for information about the English Language Specialist program, please visit https://elprograms.org/specialist/.
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
- One country per project: With the exception of projects falling under a trilateral grant initiative, Fulbright Specialist projects are restricted to one country. All project activities must take place in the country requesting the project. If the project requests the Specialist to be in multiple locations, all locations must fall in the same country.
- One Specialist per project: Fulbright Specialist projects are restricted to one country. All project activities must take place in the country requesting the project. If the project requests the Specialist to be in multiple locations, all locations must fall in the same country.
- Project Time-frame: The length of a Fulbright Specialist project must be a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 42 days, including travel days and weekends.
- Time between projects for Specialists: A project is restricted to one Specialist grantee, but multiple projects and specialists can be sent to the same country at the same time. Per FFSB Policy, a Specialist will not be approved for a second Fulbright grant unless two years has passed from the date of the completion of the previous Fulbright Specialist grant.
- Multi-visit (Serial) projects: A Multi-Visit project is one in which a Specialist conducts more than one visit to the host institution for the purpose of the necessary program evaluation or follow-up.
- If a project is approved to be Multi-Visit, all visits must occur within a one-year period, which is calculated by adding 12 months from the initial start date of the first visit through end date of the final visit.
- A Multi-Visit project cannot include more than three visits in total where each visit is a minimum of 14 days and all visits combined do not exceed 42 days.
- Please note that the majority of approved projects are not Multi-Visit, and project proposals should provide a strong justification for why more than one visit is necessary to achieve project outcomes.
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, through their full stay in country.
Application Process for Host Institutions
Prospective host institutions must submit a project proposal via World Learning’s online portal here: https://worldlearning-community.force.com/FSPHost. The online portal accepts project proposals on a rolling basis throughout the year.
After a project proposal is received, it will be reviewed by the Fulbright Commission in the Philippines. Only project proposals that are completed in their entirety will be reviewed. Please note that the Commission typically receives 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 the Commission, it must then be approved by multiple offices within the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Individuals Interested in Serving as a Fulbright Specialists
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.