Fulbright Specialist Program

Deadline: at least three months in advance to the planned project date

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at institutions abroad.

The Fulbright Specialist Program is open to qualified U.S. scholars and professionals in specific fields of study, which are defined every year. The program awards grants ranging from two to six weeks and will make use of serial grants.

Fulbright Specialist activities will be designed to provide U.S. faculty and professionals with opportunities to collaborate with professional counterparts on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning and a variety of other activities. Grantees may conduct needs assessments, surveys, institutional or programmatic research, take part in specialized academic programs and conferences in conjunction with other scheduled activities, consult with administrators and instructors of post-secondary institutions on faculty development, present lectures at graduate and undergraduate levels, participate in or lead seminars or workshops at overseas academic institutions, develop and/or assess academic curricula or educational materials, conduct teacher-training programs at the tertiary level, etc.

U.S. faculty and professionals apply to join a Roster of Specialists for a 5 year term. Roster candidates are reviewed by peers in the same discipline, and by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB).


The Hungarian host institution is asked to fund the in-country costs including lodgingmeals and in-country transportation. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State provides international airfare and an honorarium to the U.S.grantee.

How the Project Proposal Process Works

Step 1 
The non-U.S. academic host institution has to submit a request for a Fulbright Specialist. Detailed information about inviting a U.S. specialist: Become a host

Step 2 
Submit a project online: FSP Project Submission Page

Step 3 
The local Fulbright Commission reviews the project and requests final approval of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

Step 4 
If approved, ECA forwards the request to the WorldLearning for processing.
Upon receipt of an approved project, WorldLearning facilitates the matching of projects with qualified candidates from the Fulbright Specialists Roster (unless the project is a named request), and administers the grant on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. The host institution covers the in-country costs upon the grantee’s arrival in the host country.
Assistance, information: Klara Berzetey, berzetey@fulbright.hu