Fulbright Specialist Program

Program Overview

The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for a period of 2 to 6 weeks.

Host Institutions  - The Fulbright Specialist Program allows overseas universities, cultural centers, non-governmental organizations and other institutions abroad to develop collaborative projects which host a leading U.S. academic or professional at their institution to work on diverse, short-term collaborative projects focused on education and training. These projects support critical priorities identified by the host institutions and supported by U.S. embassies and binational Fulbright Commissions abroad.

The specialists come in any of the following fields:

  • Agriculture
  • American/US studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biology education
  • Business administration
  • Chemistry education
  • Communications & journalism
  • Computer science and IT
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering education
  • Environmental science
  • Law
  • Library science
  • Math education
  • Peace and conflict resolution studies
  • Physics education
  • Political science
  • Public administration
  • Public/global health
  • Sociology
  • Social work
  • Urban planning


The program of work for a Fulbright Specialist’s visit may include activities such as lecturing to undergraduate or graduate students; professional consultations and advising; participation in workshops, symposia or conferences; development and/or evaluation of academic curricula or educational materials; etc. The program does not fund research.

The World Learning Organization in the United States builds a roster of U.S. specialists in a variety of fields through an open application process. Fulbright Israel selects five project proposals from Israeli organizations for a Specialist Program to be forwarded to the World Learning Organization. Israeli institutions can make either an open application for a specialist in a given field or request a specific person from the Fulbright Specialists roster. American scholars have to be accepted to the Fulbright Specialist roster to be considered for the Fulbright Specialist Program.

Grant Benefits

  • The program provides the specialist with round trip airfare (tourist class) and a $200/day honorarium. 
  • This is a cost-share program whenre in-country hospitality (lodgings, meals, in-country transportation) is provided by the Israeli host institution/s, according to terms agreed in direct contacts between the program fellow and the institution/s concerned.

Eligibility criteria

A full listing of the subfields included under each of the above main headings may be found on the website of World Learning.

Evaluation criteria

  • Because of the limited total number of visits to Israel available, Fulbright Israel does not support requests for multiple visits by a single Fulbright Specialist or requests to host more than one Specialist at the same event (conference, symposium, etc.).

Application Procedures

  • The Israeli host institution must submit an application to the United States-Israel Educational Foundation. 
  • Applications are on a rolling base admission. USIEF recommends allowing a minimum of 120 days between application submission and your anticipated start date.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be at a disadvantage if I have studied previously in Israel?
Yes. While applicants who have had a previous Israel experience may receive awards, preference will be given to applicants without such experience.
May my spouse apply for a Fulbright grant at the same time that I apply?

For further information or inquiries, please contact: 
Assaf Levinton
phone: 03 5213804
e-mail: [email protected]

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