The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Program is a unique Fulbright Scholar Program initiative that is specifically driven by the goals of U.S. institutions of higher education to enhance internationalization and cross-cultural understanding efforts on their campuses. Through the program, institutions host a scholar from outside of the United States for a semester or full academic year to teach courses, assist in curriculum development, and guest lecture in their area of expertise and understanding, develop study abroad/exchange partnerships and engage with the campus and within the local community to foster cross-cultural and global understanding. Scholars work across departments and curricula in a variety of ways to significantly enhance or expand an existing international program, develop new world area studies programs, add an international dimension to existing coursework or provide an opportunity for U.S. students to learn about a particular world region or country.
Although the Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence Program is a small component of the Fulbright family of programs, it is most beneficial to the hosting U.S. colleges and universities and their students, faculty and communities. The institution benefits from the expertise provided, and the Scholar attains experience in the U.S. higher education arena. The community, through the institution, provides the Visiting Scholar with opportunities to participate in speaking engagements, community meetings, K-12 interaction, and other grassroots activities. Through this, the institution can diversify and internationalize the experiences of – and build goodwill among – the community. This program promotes cultural and intellectual diversity among the institution and the wider community.
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