Fulbright Scholar Award Program Information

Application DeadlineAugust 1 (Yearly)

Frequently Asked Questions for SVSU
Faculty/Staff when Applying for a Fulbright Award

  1. What if I apply for a Fulbright Award and it doesn’t
    correspond with my sabbatical?
    SVSU views the Fulbright Scholar Award
    as an honor and will support the faculty member who receives the award.
  2. What is expected of me as an SVSU faculty
    Each person completing a Fulbright appointment must submit a
    final report to their Dean and the Office of Vice President of Academic Affairs,
    detailing the work accomplished and an evaluation of the project’s
    accomplishments.  This report can also be the same report that is submitted to
    the Fulbright Commission.  Attached to the report must be copies of any
    supporting materials prepared as part of the project.  The report will be due 90
    days after completion of the award. It is expected that the employee/faculty
    member will not  seek other employment and will remain off the job market while
    fulfilling the Fulbright award obligations.
  3. As a faculty member, will my time towards promotion be
    affected by this award? No
  4. What if the Fulbright Scholar salary is not the same
    as the salary I currently make? SVSU will pay the salary gap difference.
  5. How will I get paid when I am living in another
    country since Fulbright does not mail me a paycheck?
    The first check
    is sent directly to you about four weeks prior to your departure date;
    subsequent checks are sent quarterly to your U.S. bank or designated
    representative.  Scholars are paid quarterly; check can’t be mailed abroad. 
    Many Fulbright awardees designate their university as their representative so
    that paychecks are uninterrupted.
  6. Will the SVSU professional development monies
    (currently $1,000/year) be available to me?
    Yes. For example, these
    dollars may be used to purchase materials about the host country or for
    materials which will be used in the lecturing/research assignment.
  7. Will my
    healthcare at SVSU continue if I am living in another country for the award
    The Fulbright grant packet will include information on tax
    reporting and health insurance.  Fulbright grantees receive coverage of $100,000
    for the grantee only per accident or illness under the provisions of the ASPE
    policy underwritten by the U.S. Department of State.  Pre-existing conditions
    are not covered.  You are advised to maintain your current health insurance
    policy.  Your SVSU healthcare benefits will remain in place.  Notify Michigan
    Education Special Services Association (MESSA), your health care provider, where
    you will be living and for the length of time.  Call 800-292-4910 and ask for
    the benefits department.  See www.messa.org.
  8. How will I
    turn in my receipts to receive reimbursement from MESSA and/or Blue Cross Blue
    If you are required to pay out-of-pocket at the time of
    service, you will need to submit your receipts to MESSA for reimbursement.  You
    can contact MESSA at 800-292-4910 for claim reimbursement instructions .  For
    additional assistance regarding your benefits, contact Jeanette O'Boyle,
    Coordinator of Benefits at 964-7100 or jkoboyle@svsu.edu.

See also CIES FAQs http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/FAQs.htm

Fulbright Scholar Award Recipients

Andrews, Art Norway (1982–1983) Chemistry Research andrewes@svsu.edu
Hastings, Phyllis Nigeria (1987–1989) English Language Lecture pgh@svsu.edu
Kerman, Judy Dominican Republic
American Literature Lecture/Research kerman@svsu.edu
Krause, Karen Mexico (2001) Sociology Research kkrause@svsu.edu
Lesko, John Oman (2007-2009) TEFL/Applied Linguistics Lecture jpleskp@svsu.edu
McManus, Thomas Finland (2001–2002) Education Lecture/Research mcmanus@svsu.edu
Menard, Al Turkey (1991–1992) Physics Lecture/Research amenard@svsu.edu
Munn, Paul Turkey (2001–2002) American Literature Lecture ptmunn@svsu.edu
Park, Hong Korea (2002–2003) Economics Lecture/Research hyp@svsu.edu
Thompson, Gary Poland (1982–1984) American Literature Lecture glt@svsu.edu
Thompson, Gary Poland (1987–1988) American Literature Lecture glt@svsu.edu
Wolff, Janice Sweden (1999) Rhetoric/Composition Lecture/Research jwolff@svsu.edu
Youngstedt, Scott Morocco and Tunisia
Anthropology Research smy@svsu.edu


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Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA)

Since 1968, the Institute of International Education (IIE) has administered
the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program, aimed at
strengthening foreign language instruction at U.S. educational institutions by
establishing a native-speaker presence. The study of languages is essential in
creating true understanding among people of different nations. The Fulbright
FLTA Program is designed to develop American's knowledge of foreign languages by
supporting teaching assistantships in over 29 languages at hundreds of U.S.
institutions of higher education.


Host Institution

What can the Host Institution expect from

IIE is committed to delivering program excellence to a diverse range of
participants, sponsors, and donors. Its mission is to promote closer educational
relations between the people of the United States and those of other countries,
strengthening and linking institutions of higher learning globally, building
leadership skills and enhancing the capacity of individuals and organizations to
address local and global challenges. 18,000 men and women from 175 nations
participate in Institute of International Education-administered programs each
year. IIE works hand-in-hand with schools across the U.S. and the world.

Why do FLTAs apply for Teaching Assistantships
in the U.S.?

  • to gain a unique teaching experience that may help them advance their
    careers at home
  • to benefit from the enormous resources (libraries and available technology)
    offered by American colleges and universities to work on home country research
  • to learn American teaching methodologies that can be implemented in their
    language teaching
  • to experience the American way of life first-hand
  • to become truly global citizens contributing to mutual understanding
  • to use and improve their English language skills daily


Who can host?

  • small private and public liberal arts colleges
  • large private and public universities
  • community colleges
  • K–12 public schools


Host institutions are:

  • welcoming to international students and scholars,
  • interested in expanding or enhancing their foreign language offerings,
  • interested in providing their American students with more opportunities to
    learn about other cultures,
  • eager to assist a student teacher assimilate into their campus and
  • able to mentor a novice teacher and first-time visitor to the U.S.,
  • happy to receive the assistance and funding associated with hosting a
    Fulbright FLTA, and
  • able to provide a tuition and fees waiver for the required two courses per


FLTAs are:

  • English language teachers in their home countries or training to become
    teachers in their home countries,
  • between the ages of 21–29,
  • from over 45 countries worldwide,
  • academically strong students,
  • interested in music, art, dance, sports, and more,
  • eager to experience life in the United States and share their culture,
  • well-screened by Fulbright Commissions and U.S. Embassies abroad,
  • individually matched to each institution's unique requirements, and
  • prepared to assume responsibilities of teaching/assistant teaching in their
    native language.


FLTA Assistantships at SVSU

FLTA Name/
Home Country

Start Date
End Date

Riham Kotb/Egypt

August 23, 2012 May 4, 201 Arabic Language

maya Alayan/Jordan

August 23, 2011 May 5, 2012 Arabic Language/Culture
Ruqaya Sharif/Bahrain August 24,2010 May 5, 2011 Arabic Language/Culture
Sara Youssuf/Egypt August 25, 2009 May 4, 2010 Arabic Language/Culture
Nassar Al Hashmi/Oman August 19, 2008 May 2, 2009 Arabic Language/Culture I & II
Zakariya Al-Sheibani/Oman August 22, 2007 May 10, 2008 Arabic Language/Culture I & II
Abdulfattah Al-Mohsin/Saudi Arabia August 28, 2006 May 5, 2007 Arabic Language/Culture