Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence

Every year, the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) program offers lecturers a chance to visit American universities and other higher education institutions. The length of these visits is one semester or one academic year.

Currently there is no open application round going on for the SIR program. We will inform on this page when a new application round is approaching.


The SIR program is suitable for applicants who are interested in collaborating with an American higher education institution. The applicant should be keen to develop and internationalize the activities that are taking place in the institution and the local community. This is done by developing teaching programs, lecturing, and participating in the activities of the local community, for example. The application for the suggested project is submitted by the American host institution, which can apply for the SIR grant for a named Finnish expert. Further information on the program can be found at www.cies.org/sir/.

An American institution hoping to get a visiting lecturer can submit their application via the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). In addition to the named request, the higher education institution can apply for a lecturer or an expert from a specific country or region. In this case, the CIES recruits lecturers for the chosen institutions together with the Fulbright programs of different countries.

The Finnish lecturers interested in the SIR program should be directly in contact with an American higher education institution to launch the SIR application process.

  • a monthly grant between 2,710 and 3,145 USD (depending on the living expenses of the area)        
  • a family increase: a spouse or a child under the age of 21 (200 USD/month); two or more family members 350 USD/month in total                
  • return flights for the grantee; grants lasting for one academic year also include one return flight for a family member            
  • reimbursement of moving costs between 500 and 700 USD        
  • an additional grant for professional development between 750 and 1,125 USD (depending on the length of the grant period)    
  • some host universities might also provide additional benefits
  • The host university is also expected to participate in funding the visit by for example offering the lecturer an additional salary or other benefits (such as an apartment).