Fulbright Program

Sponsored by the United States government, the Fulbright Scholar Program facilitates visiting scholars in over 130 countries worldwide with the goal of increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other nations.

UCSB faculty seeking Fulbright opportunities abroad

The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year to teach, study, and conduct research. Information on the variety of programs is available directly from the Fulbright Program. UC Santa Barbara faculty members interested in applying for this program should consult with their Department Chair. 

Non-US faculty seeking to visit UCSB via the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program also sponsors programs for non-U.S scholars to visit universities in the United States. International Fulbright scholars contribute to the campus goal of internationalization and serve as valuable academic resources to the faculty and students. The salary for Fulbright scholars is funded by the U.S. Government or their home country and paid directly to the scholar. Futher, visas are sponsored directly by the Fulbright Commission; not by the host department.

If a UC Santa Barbara academic department wishes to host an international Fulbright scholar at the faculty level, it is necessary to obtain institutional endorsement from the campus Fulbright Administrative Official, the Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science. Please contact Barbara Gilkes for more details. Departments alone may not authorize campus acceptance of a Fulbright scholar.

It is important that UC Santa Barbara accept only scholars whose research programs can be accommodated well on our campus. Occasionally, it is necessary to redirect international scholars to other institutions that are better suited to facilitate their scholarship.

Availability of office and research space must be considered when contemplating hosting a Fulbright scholar on campus. The department is expected to incorporate the Fulbright scholar into the academic life of the department and to provide without charge the privileges of using departmental facilities, the library, auditing classes, and consultation with the faculty. Please review these FAQs when considering hosting a Fulbright Scholar.

Note: The College only administers Fulbright awards for faculty. Graduate students should contact the Graduate Division. Undergraduate students should contact the EAP office.

Non-US graduate students or post-doctoral scholars seeking to visit UCSB via the Fulbright Program

Departments planning to host incoming Fulbright scholars at the graduate student or post-doctoral level should contact the Graduate Division in advance to seek institutional endorsement.

Special Opportunity for Scholars from Canadian Universities

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Under the UCSB-Canada Fulbright Research Chair program, each year one Canadian scholar is invited to UC Santa Barbara. In addition to conducting research, the scholar teaches a graduate or undergraduate course for one quarter, offering special benefit to the UCSB hosting department. The Fulbright Research Chair program is competitive and applications are enhanced by letters of support from a UCSB academic department or scholar. Applications are due in November to the Fulbright Commission in Canada. Assistant Dean Barbara Gilkes bgilkes@ltsc.ucsb.edu can provide additional details.