The Office of Academic Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U. S. Department of State announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to assist in the FY 2012 administration of the worldwide Fulbright Scholar Program.
The Fulbright Scholar Program is a major component
of the overall Fulbright Program, which also includes the Fulbright Student Program.
For more than 60 years, the Fulbright Scholar Program has offered awards for college and university faculty, as well as for non-academic professionals (such as lawyers, artists, and journalists) and independent scholars, to lecture and conduct research abroad.
Tens of thousands of U. S. and non-U. S. scholars and professionals have participated in these exchanges since the Fulbright Program's inception in 194 6. The Fulbright Scholar Program currently sends approximately 1,300 qualified U. S. scholars and professionals abroad to lecture, conduct research, and provide academic consulting at overseas institutions for long and short-term programs.
Conversely, the program brings approximately 900 visiting (non-U.S.) participants from approximately 150 countries to the United States for similar activities.
Responsibility for the management of the Fulbright Scholar Program is shared between the U. S. Department of State in Washington DC, fifty bilateral Fulbright commissions, approximately 100 U. S. embassies overseas, and a private sector, cooperating agency in the United States.
Overall policy guidelines for the Fulbright Scholar Program are determined by the Presidentially-appointed J.
William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB).
The organization that is awarded the cooperative agreement under this competition will be responsible for recruitment, selection, placement, facilitation of enrichment activities for participants, program promotion, disbursement of funds, and record keeping for both the U. S. and Visiting Fulbright Scholar Programs.
This work will be supervised by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State.