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The Fulbright Specialist Program was established in 2001 when the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) sought to expand the scope and reach of the original Fulbright program in the twenty-first century. The program’s primary goals are to advance mutual understanding, establish long-term cooperation, and create opportunities for institutional linkages.

The Fulbright Specialist Program provides U.S. scholars and professionals the opportunity to lecture or advise local institutions within short-term grant periods that range from two to six weeks. The U.S.-based World Learning Organization maintains a roster of specialist candidates in a variety of fields and matches candidates when potential host institutions in Korea request a particular scholar or specific field through the Korea-American Educational Commission.

Fields of study that Fulbright specialists may choose include, but are not limited to: anthropology/archaeology, business administration, newspaper broadcasting, economics, education, environmental studies, information technology, law, literature, informatics, politics/administration, sociology and social welfare, American studies (art, art history, dance, economics, government, history, music, pop culture, theater), urban planning, health, and Conflict analysis and resolution.

A. Host Institution Qualification Requirements

Organizations and institutions that may be eligible to request a Fulbright specialist include, but are not limited to:

  • Institutions of Higher Education
  • Government Institutions (ministries or agencies, courts, parliamentary or congressional bodies)
  • Cultural Institutions (conservatories, libraries, theatres, museums, etc.)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) and think tanks
  • Medical Institutions (public health organizations, University hospitals, etc.)

Institutions and organizations capable of covering accommodation and transportation expenses during the invitation period


B. Institutions Ineligible for Application

For-profit Organizations and Institutions

American institutions or Korean branch of US corporation

Institutions that operate with the primary purpose or mission of teaching English as a foreign language
(e.g., development of English curriculum, educational evaluation, teacher education and training, education consulting firms, etc.)

A. Application and Selection Schedule

Content Schedule
Application Submission Period
  • 10/01/2021 ~ 9/30/2022
  • Application period begins 6 months prior to the anticipated start date
Selection Results Announcement To be announced within 4 months after the application period
Specialist Selection Period
  • Hosts will be selected, and the program will run between:
  • 1/1/2022~ 9/30/2022 (PY2022) or 10/01/2022 ~ 12/31/22 (PY 2023)

B. Applicant Advisory

A. State Department cost coverage (for specialist)

  • Round-trip airfare fee coverage
  • $100 for baggage fees
  • $200 a day for living expenses

B. Selected Host Institution fee Coverage

  • Meal fees
  • Accommodation fees
  • Transportation fees (in Korea)