Faculty need funding and support to achieve their international research goals. Our
team coordinates aspects of the Fulbright Program and may help identify other funding
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 are available through organizations such as World
Learning Services and Rotary International.
TheFulbright Programis 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
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.
TheCore 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 theCatalog of Awardsto 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 webinarsin 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.
Dr. Phillip Barnes, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in the Environment and
Sustainability Program of the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment, was recommended
for the Fulbright Specialist Roster in June 2018 and received his first Fulbright
Specialist grant in August 2018 with the National School for Applied Science at the
University Abdelmalek Essaâdi, Tangier, Morocco. For his first project Barnes will
travel to Morocco to work with a faculty team (including former Fulbright Alum, Dr.
Amal Maurady pictured to the left) from the University Abdelmalek Essaâdi and managers
at the Tangier Port MED to integrate the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
into the Port’s Sustainable Development Plan.
Dr. Cormac O'Brien
Dr. Cormac O’Brien is Assistant Professor of Irish Drama at University College Dublin,
Ireland. He is a Visiting Fulbright Scholar, hosted by Prof Ed Madden at UofSC Columbia
Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Utilizing the “AIDS and its Impact” collections
in UofSC’s Hollings library, Cormac is researching cultural representations, narratives,
and histories of HIV and AIDS. As a capstone to his Fulbright, Women and Gender Studies
will host a one-day symposium called “Making Bad Histories Good: HIV/AIDS in South
Carolina – History, Culture, Healthcare, Activism.” The symposium is a public-facing
event featuring local historians, community workers, advocates, and activists, alongside
prominent HIV/AIDS scholars. Free for all to attend, the symposium takes place in
the Program Room, Hollings Library on April 19, 2019.