Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R)Program offers U.S. higher education institutions the opportunity to request a Slovak lecturer – faculty member, experienced professional, or artist for one or two semesters. Institutions with no strong international component and/or serving minority audiences are given preference.

Lecturers usually teach at undergraduate level in area studies programs, in interdisciplinary programs focusing on global issues and/or in courses where a foreign lecturer’s services can provide a cross-cultural or international perspective. While the majority of proposals are in the humanities and social sciences, proposals in all disciplines will be considered as long as the scholar brings an international and/or comparative perspective to the department or institution. Beyond lecturing and curricula development, S-I-Rs are engaged with students, faculty and staff in a range of activities across campus and in community outreach.

Institutions can submit an open or named application, meaning that an institution can request any Slovak lecturer complying with the proposal criteria or can request a specific lecturer by name. The Commission recruits Slovak lecturers on behalf of the institution.

Eligibility criteria

Grant Benefits

Stipend from IIE

Stipend is calculated based on the living costs estimated for the specific location of the host institution

Roundtrip travel


Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges covering basic healthcare

Administrative support

The Commission helps grantees prepare for their stay in the U.S. while the Institute of International Education (IIE) provides both scholars and host institutions on-going support over the course of the grant

How to apply

Applicant institutions must complete and submit an online application. Please visit the official Scholar-in-Residence website for more information and read the application instructions carefully.


The application period is open from spring to fall. Institutions should bear in mind that they need to submit the application approximately one year prior to the start date of their grant period. Deadline for application submissions for the 2023/2024 academic year is June 1, 2022.

Application flow

March - November

Application cycle is open.

December – January

Applications are reviewed and applicant institutions are notified of the outcomes of the review process.

January – April

The Commission recruits scholars. The Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board reviews recommended proposals.

April – June

Grant documents are issued. Administrative steps to process visa applications and departure for the U.S. are taken if the grant starts in the fall semester.*

July – August

Visa interviews are conducted with grantees departing for the U.S. in the fall.

* If the grant starts in the spring semester, administrative steps to process visa applications and departure for Slovakia are taken between September and December, and visa interviews are conducted December-January.


Please visit the S-I-R Fulbright website If you have any specific questions, please contact our office at: office@fulbright.sk.