Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions.

Specialists, who represent a wide range of professional and academic disciplines, are competitively selected to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster based on their knowledge, skill sets, and ability to make a significant contribution to projects overseas. Those individuals that have been approved to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster are then eligible to be matched with approved projects designed by foreign host institutions from over 150 countries and other areas. Once abroad, Specialists partner with their host institution to conduct project activities in support of the host institution’s priorities and goals.

The Fulbright Specialist Program aims to provide a short-term, on-demand resource to international host institutions, giving them greater flexibility in how they participate with Fulbright. Specialists are strongly encouraged to continue to work with host institutions in the years following their initial exchange, creating opportunities for ongoing cooperation and consultancies.

Interested UW-Madison applicants apply directly to the program – there is no campus component to the application – but our office is here to assist anyone interested in learning more about the program, exploring options, or seeking feedback on applications. Connect with the UW-Madison Fulbright Coordinator for more!


Alumni, faculty, staff


Creative arts, professional projects

Open to

U.S. citizens

Program duration

2-6 weeks

Award amount

Varies by award

Application deadline

Applications for inclusion on the Specialist roster are reviewed 6 times a year

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