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


Candidate Profile

Category: The Fulbright Specialists Program is open to qualified U.S. Scholars and Professionals.

Disciplines: The list of academic disciplines and specializations is available in downloads and can also be consulted in the Program’s website,


Grant duration and period

The program awards grants ranging from two to six weeks (14 to 42 days), including travel days, and can make use of serial grants.

Projects can take place any time during the academic year.


Grant activity

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.


Eligibility and affiliation

Eligibility criteria for the Fulbright Specialist Program is determined by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

Previous Fulbright Specialist Roster candidates whose tenure on the Roster has expired must wait two years from the date of their tenure expiration before they are eligible to apply to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster for another tenure. Likewise, candidates who have completed a Fulbright Specialists project must wait two years before being eligible to accept another Fulbright Specialist project.

For more information about eligibility for the Fulbright Specialists Program, follow the link to the World Learning website:

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 (FFSB).



Applications to join the Roster are open on a rolling basis and online application instructions for Roster candidates can be found on the Fulbright Specialists Program website:

If you have any questions about the Roster application process, please email the Fulbright Specialists Program team at World Learning:

The host institution in Portugal that wishes to invite a Specialist, must present a Fulbright Specialists Project proposal to the Fulbright Commission in Portugal, at least 4 months before the project starting date:

For more information about grants for U.S. Scholars in Portugal, please contact Dora Reis Arenga, US Program Manager (