In AY 2015 - 2016, St. Philip's College hosted Dr. Richard Naylor and Yvonne Naylor as Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence.
The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program assists U.S. higher education institutions in expanding programs of academic exchange, by supporting non-U.S. scholars through grants for teaching at institutions that might not have a strong international component and/or serve minority audiences. Both the U.S. institution and the scholar grantee benefit from this experience.
S-I-R gives preference to the following.
There are opportunities for other institutions to partner with preference organizations. Your institution is invited to learn how S-I-R can help advance its international presence, assist in faculty and curriculum development, and diversify the educational experiences of its students, scholars and surrounding community.
The focus of the S-I-R Program is to engage with institutions that are underrepresented within the Fulbright Program and/or serve minority audiences. Rural colleges and universities are also encouraged to apply.
A Unique Collaboration Among Fulbright, Institutions and Surrounding Communities
The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program is unique among the initiatives under the Fulbright Scholar Program because it is specifically-designed to help institutions, especially those underrepresented in the internationalization of higher education.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Asian-American and Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions, American Indian and Alaskan Native Serving Institutions, Predominantly Black Institutions, community colleges and small and liberal-arts institutions, are primarily served by the S-I-R Program. Any institution in which a racial or ethnic minority makes up 50 percent or more of enrollment may also participate in S-I-R funding.
A minority-serving institution with a fully-developed international program can also participate in the S-I-R program. But it must clearly demonstrate how the proposed Scholar will significantly enhance or expand an existing international program, serve students, help the campus and benefit the surrounding community. An institution that has participated in S-I-R may also submit a proposal; the proposal will only be considered after proposals from institutions that have not previously participated in the program.
The S-I-R Program also funds collaborations between U.S. institutions looking to host a scholar from outside the United States. Such joint ventures may include an underrepresented institution and a U.S. institution already engaged in some form of campus internationalization or a consortium of institutions looking to improve their global presence.
The benefits provided by S-I-R come by the way of a unique collaboration between four participants:
Unlike any other program within Fulbright, S-I-R primarily focuses on the needs of institutions. It funds the lecturing work of Visiting Scholars in programs developed by such Historically Black Colleges as Miles College and Hispanic-serving institutions such as Texas A&M University-Kingsville. S-I-R also helps fund Visiting Scholars for lecturing at tribal colleges, community colleges, Asian-American and Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions - AANAPISI, American Indian and Alaskan Native Serving Institutions – AIANSIs, Tribal Colleges and Universities – TCUs, Predominantly Black Institutions – PBIs and small, liberal arts institutions. If your institution is not among these groups, it can still submit a proposal for funding.
The S-I-R Program can help your institution leverage its financial, campus and community assets in a collaborative manner. This helps your school achieve short- and long-term goals and gives the Visiting Scholar you host the opportunity to develop their lecturing and technical consulting skills. This approach also helps diversify the international experiences of your surrounding community.
Thank you for your interest in S-I-R and the enriching opportunities it can provide for your institution, faculty, students and community.