UC Santa Barbara is proud to be a top producer of Fulbright Scholars and Students. For the third year, UCSB has been named Fulbright HSI Leader by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In 2023-2024, UCSB graduate students received three Fulbright grants and UCSB faculty received one grant for participating in the Fulbright Scholars program, granted to Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky for research on Muslim refugee migration in Pakistan and Turkey. 

UCSB students looking to go abroad on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program can find more information on the Graduate Division website.

NEW! Fulbright English Teaching Flagship in Taiwan

The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE), in cooperation with Taiwan's Ministry of Education (MOE), K-12 Division, announced the creation of the English Teaching Flagship (ETF) Program, an extension program of Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETA). This 11-month program starts August 2024 and has an application deadline of March 8, 2024. Follow this link for more information or click here to view the flyer

Going Abroad as a Fulbright Scholar

Fulbright awards are available for teaching and research and can serve as a wonderful faculty development opportunity. There are over 400 unique opportunities available in over 135 countries awarded to over 800 scholars annually. The competition for 2025-26 awards will be open in February! Follow this link for more information.

Visiting UCSB as a Fulbright Scholar 

Please review the FAQs below for information on how to host a Fulbright Scholar or how to be a visiting Fulbright Scholar at UCSB.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence Program


The Scholar first applies to the Fulbright Commission, but is not officially accepted to come to UCSB until the campus Fulbright Administrator (Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement) signs off on the Institutional Reply Form. Make sure Fulbright sends that form to the Global Engagement Specialist.

It is the department's decision whether or not to host an incoming Fulbright scholar. Assuming the department is willing to host the scholar, an initial invitation or endorsement of the scholar's proposal would be provided directly to the scholar by a faculty member (with chair's endorsement) or by the department chair. The department letter will become part of the scholar's application to Fulbright. Without it, the Fulbright Commission is not likely to select the candidate. [If the department does not wish to host the scholar, now is the time to make that determination, and in such case no letter of invitation would be provided.] As needed, request details from the scholar regarding intended dates, project proposal, etc. If the department invites the scholar and the scholar is selected by Fulbright, the commission will forward the scholar's complete application, including a letter from your department, to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement as the UCSB Fulbright Administrator. At that point, the Global Engagement Specialist will contact the department to ensure that the department is still willing to host the scholar (see hosting responsibilities below), is aware of the proposed arrival date, etc. If all is in order, UCSB will endorse the selection of the Scholar.

The invitation/endorsement letter need not be lengthy. It should demonstrate to the Fulbright

Commission that there is a faculty/department that will welcome the scholar's presence and will provide the resources the Fulbright Scholar may need to conduct research while here (e.g., computer access, working space, library access). In addition to indicating the intellectual merits of the scholar's proposal, it is helpful if the invitation letter includes reference that the department will provide integration into the department's activities. Refer to the candidate as a potential Fulbright Scholar or Visiting Research Scholar. Usually the letter is addressed directly to the scholar. Obtain specific address information from the applicant. There is no need to copy the college on the invitation letter.

For scholars chosen to participate in the program, Fulbright will handle visa issuance, provide a stipend, and work with the scholar to arrange transportation to the host institution. It is the scholar's responsibility to secure housing in Santa Barbara; however, departments are often asked to assist. The college can provide free access to the Community Housing list, although the scholar may need the department’s assistance in interpreting it. On occasion the college can help reserve on-campus housing, but there is a very limited number of units and they tend to get booked over a year in advance. In all cases, it is the scholar's responsibility to meet all housing payments. The department is asked to assist with the scholar's initial arrival, to solicit access to library privileges on behalf of the scholar, and to provide for the basic research and intellectual needs of the scholar during the stay at UCSB. Although our campus will not be providing the visa documentation, we do ask that the scholar visit UCSB's Office of International Students and Scholars shortly after arrival on campus. We want OISS to be in contact with all international visitors on campus, and that office has several programs and services from which the scholar or spouse might benefit.

See above (host department responsibilities).

Thank you for considering hosting an international research scholar. Please address additional questions to: 

Bella Pianalto, Global Engagement Student Assistant, bella@globalengagement.ucsb.edu