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The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program assists U.S. higher education institutions in expanding programs of academic exchange. The main purpose of the program is to bring scholars and professionals from 150 countries worldwide to U.S. campuses that serve student populations underrepresented in international exchange programs with little or no history of hosting Visiting Fulbright Scholars. Institutions that are given priority for the S-I-R program include: community colleges, regional universities, and minority-serving institutions.

Each fall U.S. institutions of higher education submit proposals to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) under the global Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program to bring scholars to campus for one or both semesters of the next academic year. U.S. institutions either name specific scholars that they want to invite or, through CIES, request that Fulbright Commissions or posts in partner countries recruit candidates.

It is but once every two to four years that the Fulbright Office in Russia is approached with a request to recruit for the Scholar-in-Residence Program. The number of grants awarded to Russian scholars and faculty, either named or recruited, is limited to one or two per year, but not necessarily each year. In light of the above,

The Fulbright Program in Russia does not conduct an open competition for this Program.

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