Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Program


The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides a variety of enrichment activities throughout the academic year, which are intended to further the Fulbright Program's goal of increasing mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and people of other countries. These enrichment activities benefit the more than 800 Fulbright Visiting Scholars (faculty and professionals from over 100 countries) who have received Fulbright Scholar grants for advanced research and university lecturing in the United States.

Enrichment activities are primarily conducted outside of the "formal" academic program and day-to-day work setting.

The goals of these enrichment programs are to:

  • Build cross-cultural understanding through activities that highlight U.S. culture and history, including the diversity of the U.S. and of its people, at the local, state, regional, and national levels;
  • Expand professional and social networks to create a stronger Fulbright community;
  • Create opportunities for the development of professional and leadership skills;
  • Promote community service activities to increase the spirit of volunteerism and facilitate interactions with diverse segments of U.S. society;
  • Strengthen national and global alumni networks; and
  • Expand outreach to promote the Fulbright Program and highlight its impact.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment activities consist of local activities in key areas with large numbers of Fulbright Visiting Scholars and seminars, which are academic conferences built around a topic of shared global importance.

Fulbright Local Activities

Local enrichment activities aim to engage Fulbright Visiting Scholars with their local community, as well as building a wider Fulbright community among Visiting Scholars through a series of regularly scheduled events in cities with concentrations of Fulbright Scholars. Activities may include:

  • Group community service or volunteer activities for Fulbright Visiting Scholars and/or Fulbright U.S. alumni;
  • Home hospitality or restaurant visits, including visits with the owner and/or chef, to introduce Fulbright Visiting Scholars to regional cuisines and their history;
  • Tours/activities (architectural, historical, cultural, etc.) that emphasize the diversity of a city/town/community and its history;
  • Panel discussions highlighting U.S. current events or other topics of global relevance (e.g., public health, food security, climate change) with locally-based U.S. subject matter experts, Fulbright Visiting Scholars, and/or U.S. Fulbright alumni;
  • Participation in a local festival, music or arts event; and/or
  • Visits to local nonprofits, volunteer organizations or other local organizations that work on a local, national, or international level.

Enrichment coordinators for specified areas are listed below.

The greater Metropolitan Areas of the following cities:

  • Boston
  • New York City
  • Washington D.C.
  • Northern California
  • Southern California

Fulbright Scholar Seminars

Scholars who are hosted at institutions outside major metropolitan areas will also have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities through one of three Visiting Scholar seminars that will be scheduled throughout the year. Seminars consist of interactive discussions, community service projects, and local cultural activities designed to introduce the Fulbright Visiting Scholars to different aspects of topics of global importance. Through local experts (such as public, private and/or non-profit leaders) and members of the academic community, the seminar presents different perspectives on the selected topic. Through community outreach activities and discussions, Fulbright Visiting Scholars learn how the selected topic impacts communities in the U.S.(specifically the host city) and explore its impact on their own home countries.

Representatives' Comments from Last Year's Seminars

"I want to thank you for your efforts, kindness and hospitality. I really enjoyed sharing my ideas and opinions with other people from different parts of the world. We are all human and have a red blood. The discussions during the sessions and after 10PM were very interesting. All the participants were aware about human rights values and democracy, and the difference between the theory (what is said and the soft sweet language) and the practice (the reality and what's applied)." Scholar from Tunisia

"The breadth and scope of the Fulbright program surprised me - I never thought it encompassed so much."Scholar from Mexico

"Let me once again express my gratitude to all your efforts and energy in organization of the Enrichment seminar. Moreover, I met so many new friends and colleagues from a big family under the name of Fulbright. It's unbelievable that during such a short period of time we managed to do so many meetings, visits, places, people and what not. It was all due to your perfect organization and efforts."Scholar from Kazakhstan