» Fulbright Scholar Program

As part of Chapman University’s mission to promote global citizenship, the university encourages faculty participation in international exchange. 

Fulbright logoOne way to do this is through the Fulbright Scholar Program. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) administers the Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The core Fulbright Scholar Program attracts some 800 U.S. faculty and professionals each year to 140 countries to lecture, teach and conduct research. An equal number of academics and professionals from overseas visit the United States each year under a Fulbright Scholar grant. For the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, see Chapman’s Fellowships and Scholar Programs page.

Michael Hass teaching in VietnamThe purpose of the Fulbright Scholar Program is to increase mutual understanding and support friendly and peaceful relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbrighters exemplify the power of international academic exchange to transform lives, bridge geographic and cultural boundaries, and promote a more peaceful and prosperous world. Fulbrighters are engaged in projects on environmental issues, food security, public health. education and other challenges that require innovation, creativity and knowledge. Fulbrighters are current and future leaders who are ready to share their knowledge and culture, who are open to know ideas and who are committed to international engagement.

  • Applying as a U.S. Scholar
  • Hosting an International Scholar
    1. Basic Requirements
      • U.S. Citizenship,
      • a doctoral degree or equivalent professional or terminal degree depending on the award requirements, and
      • college or university teaching experience at the level and in the field of the assignment for a proposed lecturing activity.
    2. The U.S. scholar will select from one of the following programs based on their scope of work:
    3. CIES provides general application guidelines; however, the application process differs for each award under the Fulbright Scholar Program. To ensure that your application is reviewed in a timely manner, it is essential that all required parts be submitted by the deadline.  It is important to read the description of the specific award for which you are applying to determine which of the following materials must be submitted and to learn any award-specific requirements.
      • Identify Country
      • Identify Type of Work
        • Research
        • Teaching
        • Research and Teaching
    4. The scholar must notify the Dean, Director, Supervisor or Department Chair (all applicable) if she or he is applying; this will enable the department to plan for their possible absence.
    1. Basic Requirements
      • a doctoral degree or equivalent professional training or experience at the time of the application and
      • sufficient proficiency in the English language to carry out the project required.
    2. The visiting scholar will select from one of the following programs based on their scope of work:
    3. Inviting the scholar:
      • Prior to inviting the scholar, the hosting faculty associate must determine whether the department has research interests and facilities consistent with the project outlined by the visiting scholar. Access to office or work space, library, research, and computer facilities, auditing of classes and consultation with faculty should be considered, as well as your availability for advising and consulting with the visiting scholar. The Dean, Director, Supervisor or Department Chair (all applicable) must be consulted prior to committing to a scholar. Once it is determined that the visiting scholar has met the above criteria and department resources are available, the hosting faculty associate will write a letter of commitment to be included in the application.  The hosting faculty associate must copy their Dean in the letter. The Dean's office will keep a file on each of these invitations for review should the Fulbright be awarded. 
    4. Notice of Award (Prior to arrival of the scholar):
      • Administrative - Once the scholar has been notified of approval of their application by CIES, the application, letter of commitment and award letter must be forwarded immediately to the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Office of Research in the Provost's Office. The Office of Faculty Affairs will work with the department to complete an affiliation agreement and obtain campus privileges. The affiliation agreement is a letter that welcomes the visiting scholar to Chapman.
      • Hosting Faculty Associate - The hosting faculty associate must notify the Dean, Director, Associate Dean, Department Chair or Supervisor (all applicable) and department administrative staff of the visiting scholar's award. This will enable the department to prepare for the visiting scholar's arrival.
      • Visiting Scholar - An Institutional Reply Form (IRF) will be sent by CIES to gather specific information that will be relayed to the visiting scholar. The IRF will ask for the official start and end date, academic term dates, travel logistics and campus contacts for housing, emergency management (Public Safety) and the campus international office (Center for Global Education). The IRF is the official agreement between Chapman and CIES. The Chancellor and Director of The Office of Research should both be listed as Administrative Officials on the IRF. 
    5. Award and Visit:
      • All Fulbright Visiting Scholars receive round-trip international travel and health coverage for accidents and sickness provided by the U.S. Department of State. Most scholars also receive a monthly stipend and additional allowances as benefits of their award. Fulbright Grantees must enter the United States under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of State's J-1 Exchange Visitor Program for Fulbright Scholars. Upon arrival to Chapman University, the Fulbright Scholar should be greeted by the hosting faculty associate who can then assist her or him with their onboarding and any issues that may arise during their visit.