The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2019 – 2020

Deadline: December 3, 2018

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international educational exchange program.  Each year some 800 faculty and professionals from around the world receive Fulbright Scholar grants for advanced research and university lecturing in the United States. Lebanese scholars may seek affiliations with U.S. institutions of higher learning for a period between 3 to 10 months. The 2019-2020 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program will start at the beginning of the 2019 academic year, in August or September 2019, depending on the institution.

The mission of the Fulbright Scholar Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries. It aims to provide educational exchange experiences to a maximum number of individuals not previously afforded such an opportunity. The experience should be of intrinsic value to the scholar, the recipient’s home institution, its faculty and its students, as well as to the U.S. host institution. Fulbright Scholars serve as cultural ambassadors and should be prepared to speak about their countries, cultures and research to academic and community groups.

The Fulbright Program has provided tens of thousands of scholars with the opportunity to establish professional contacts in their field and make long-lasting friendships with colleagues in the United States; to develop collaborative research relationships with U.S. scholars; and to enhance their scholarly publications and other contributions with research conducted in the United States. Finally, for many faculties, the Fulbright Program offers an opportunity to pursue scholarly work without interruption. By doing research, guest teaching, and pursuing other scholarly interests in a completely different environment, scholars return home personally invigorated and professionally stimulated.

Eligibility requirements for visiting scholar applicants:

  • Lebanese Passport Holder or Long-Term Palestinian Residents. Those selected for a Fulbright must submit a copy of their passport data page. United States citizens or Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs or green card holders) are not eligible. Dual U.S. citizens are also ineligible. Fulbright Scholars enter the United States on an Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa as a participant in a U.S. Department of State program and are subject to the two-year home-country residency requirement associated with the J-1 visa. The two-year rule restricts Fulbright grantees from obtaining an immigrant visa, a temporary worker (H), intracompany transferee (L), or fiancé (K) visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate. Grantees subject to two year-rule can still apply for the tourist (B) visa.

NOTE: Scholars and their dependents who have held J visas with sponsorship of more than six months are not eligible to reenter as J-1 researchers or lecturers for 12 months following the program sponsorship end date. In addition, scholars who have previously held a J visa in the professor or research scholar category are not eligible for sponsorship again in those two categories for a period of 24 months following the program sponsorship end date.

  • Doctoral degree or equivalent professional training or experience and teaching at an accredited Lebanese institution of higher education at the time of application.
  • Proficiency in English appropriate to the proposed teaching and/or research project to be carried out in the United States. You may be required to take an English proficiency examination.
  • Those selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be finalized.

In addition, you should note the following conditions affecting review and selection of candidates:

  • Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex, age, and/or physical impairment.
  • Preference is given to those without recent experience in the United States.
  • Applicants should be representative and responsible citizens who can contribute to a full and fair picture of the culture of their own countries and thereby contribute to understanding between the people of the United States and their country. They should also demonstrate the cross-cultural sensitivity and flexibility needed to adjust successfully to life in the United States.

How to apply for the program:

Lebanese scholars who are interested in applying for the program should fill out an online application form. The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program application is available at:

The application should include the following documents/information but not limited to:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A detailed project statement of proposed activity at a U.S. university. The proposed project should contribute to the development of knowledge in the applicant’s field and must be effectively investigated within a period of 3 to 10 months in the United States.
  • Recommendation letters
  • Invitation letter from the host university in the United States (if available and the applicant has already established a contact with a university)
  • Passport copy (ies) of the applicants and his/her dependents

Applicants who have any questions can email the U.S. Embassy Public Diplomacy Section at or call 04-543600 ext. 4244.

The U.S. Government pays for the participants’ expenses including roundtrip airfare, accommodation and health insurance.  Competition is merit-based, and Lebanese and long-term Palestinian residents in Lebanon from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for all applications is December 3, 2018 at noon (UTC). Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.