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Division of Human Resources

Funding International Scholarly Activities

We realize that faculty can't easily achieve international research goals without proper funding and support. Our team coordinates certain aspects of the Fulbright Program and may be able to help identify other funding sources for your research.

The Office for International Scholars (OIS) maintains regular contact with the IIE Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) that coordinates many Fulbright grants. Other grant opportunities may be available through organizations such as World Learning Services and Rotary International.

Fulbright Program Support Services

The Fulbright Program is the United States government's flagship international exchange program. Designed to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries, our staff is happy to assist our faculty and staff to identify resources that will help you succeed in earning grants and awards from this prestigious program.

Our office coordinates information to assist the University of South Carolina departments in hosting individuals from abroad on the Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program and in providing information on the Fulbright Program for American Scholars. We also act as a liaison from the university to:

  • The Council for International Exchange of Scholars – a division of the Institute of International Education
  • The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State
  • Fulbright Alumni Association

In addition, our staff works closely with the UofSC Student Fulbright Coordinator and the South Carolina Fulbright Association.

Please review a list of all USC faculty and staff Fulbright recipients [pdf], as well as all visiting Fulbright faculty from abroad [pdf].

2020-2021 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Competition Opens in February 

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program will be accepting applications from American academics and professionals beginning February 2019. There will be numerous teaching and research awards available in more than 125 countries to be completed in the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Check the Catalog of Awards to review the many award offerings. Eligibility criteria, application guidelines, review criteria, as well as other resources are available on the IIE/CIES Fulbright website. There are also webinars in a range of topics throughout the application season. If you have any reservations in regards to the potential length of time spent abroad, many awards offer the option for Flex, which allows a grant to be split into two or three short-term stays abroad.

If the time is not right for you, please feel welcome to share this information with interested colleagues or refer them for more information from Fulbright Program Staff appropriate to their region of interest. Program Officers are happy to provide regional or discipline-specific insight and answer any questions you may have.

We hope you will consider how you can contribute your skill set to enhance the Fulbright goal mutual understanding through academic exchange. Good luck!

IIE/CIES Fulbright Program Tools

Register to receive exclusive updates, application tips and information related to specific countries at My Fulbright.

Additional Funding Resources

Source Type
Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) Grants for U.S. Scholars, for Visiting Scholars, and for U.S. Institutions.
World Learning Services Coordinates Fulbright Specialist Program – Ideal for short-term research exchange. View eligibility. Email for more information. Applications reviewed every 8 weeks.
DAAD / USA German Academic Exchange Service Faculty grants for research, conferences, short-term lectureships, etc.
Rotary Global and district grants