The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Programme is for US academic institutions to host New Zealand (or other foreign) academics to teach and internationalise their campus, curriculum and communities. Preference is given to institutions that otherwise have limited opportunities to participate in the Fulbright Scholar Programme. Approximately 45 awards valued at up to US$26,100 plus travel and allowances are granted each year, towards one semester or full academic year of teaching, curriculum development and campus activities.
Closing date: 21 October 2013
The Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence programme is especially appropriate for small liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions, and community colleges, many of which do not often have the opportunity to host visiting scholars.
Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence can have a significant impact on US colleges and universities. In addition to teaching courses, scholars give campus-wide and community lectures, help initiate international programs and contribute to curriculum development. Although preference is given to proposals in the humanities or social sciences, other fields focusing on international issues will be considered.
Institutions can propose a specific candidate, or the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) can work with Fulbright New Zealand and/or the US Embassy in Wellington to recruit a scholar whose background is appropriate for the proposed activities.
Any accredited US institution of higher learning is eligible to apply, but preference is given to minority serving institutions, small liberal arts colleges and community colleges.
- have academic credentials and standing appropriate for the proposed courses and other educational activities;
- not have held another Fulbright award in the past two years, and otherwise comply with the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board’s policy on Previous Fulbright Grants;
- meet the citizenship requirements for this award.
You are eligible to apply for this award if you:
- are a New Zealand citizen;
- and not be a permanent resident or citizen of the US;
- and not be currently living in the US.
Preference for Fulbright awards is given to candidates who have not had extensive recent experience in the US. (ie. have not studied, taught, researched or worked in the US for a period aggregating more than nine months/one academic year during the past five years).
- Round-trip international air travel;
- Stipend ranging from US$2,500-2,900 per month (depending on the cost of living in the city where the Scholar will reside) for the duration of the award;
- Allowances for excess baggage, settling in, books, services and professional travel within the United States,
- An allowance for up to two dependents;
- Round-trip international air travel for one dependent if awarded for a full academic year;
- The opportunity to participate in various programmes and activities available to Fulbright scholars in the US, and to apply for supplementary awards where applicable.
- A basic health benefit plan covering a maximum of US$50,000 or US$100,000 per sickness or injury, depending on the duration of your award.
Where possible, host institutions are encouraged to provide some cost sharing, such as a salary supplement for the Scholar and/or in-kind support such as housing, meals and travel.
- Your award must be approved by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington, DC;
- The period of your award is three to ten months;
- Your award must be taken up in the academic year following application for the award. Institutions may wish to include a two-week period prior to the beginning of classes to allow for settling in and class preparation;
- The Scholar will be required to undertake a full medical examination before applying for their visa;
- The Scholar must travel on a New Zealand passport, and US immigration documentation must be completed from within New Zealand;
- International travel will only be funded between New Zealand and the US;
- The Scholar may be required to fulfil some Fulbright New Zealand media requirements before their departure for the US, during their exchange and/or on return to New Zealand;
- The Scholar must provide Fulbright New Zealand with copies of any articles, research papers or theses resulting from the award;
- Fulbright grantees must travel to the US on an Exchange Visitor (J) non-immigrant visa. A requirement of this visa is that you must return to your home country for a cumulative total of two years at the end of your exchange visitor programme before becoming eligible to apply to live in the US. This home-country foreign residency requirement is in keeping with the philosophy of the Fulbright exchange programme, that you return to New Zealand to share your experiences. Note that you will not be prohibited from travelling to the US for short-term visits on the visa waiver program or a non-immigrant visa.
It was Senator J William Fulbright’s mission to build peace through the mutual understanding of cultures. Fulbright applicants and grantees are expected to understand and support this mission and be effective ambassadors for New Zealand. In addition to the monetary, educational and cultural exchange benefits made possible by the award, Fulbright grantees carry the prestige of the Fulbright programme along with them throughout their careers. Alumni are expected to succeed and be ‘thought leaders’ in their respective fields/careers, and to support and remain engaged with the Fulbright programme for the rest of their lives.
Application process and forms
- You must complete and submit an online application by the application deadline;
- You will advise you of the outcome of your application in January of the year following application;
- If you have not requested a specific Scholar, Fulbright New Zealand and/or the US Embassy in Wellington will recruit and/or review prospective scholars before April of the year following application.