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Funding International Scholarly Activities

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 sources.

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.

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].

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. 

Fulbright Award Recipients

Fulbright Recipient Dr. Phillip Barnes

Dr. Phillip Barnes

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.

Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Cormac O'Brien

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.