Hosting Fulbright Scholars

If you are interested in hosting a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, there are several steps you can take to initiate the process:

  • Invite an overseas colleague to consider coming to UC Davis as a visiting scholar
  • Recommend that the scholar get in touch with the Fulbright commission in his/her country or contact the U.S. Embassy for application and deadline information.
  • Provide a letter of invitation to the scholar indicating the terms of the proposed partnership and the relationship between the scholar’s interests and those of the department.
  • Upon receipt of a Fulbright award, work with the scholar to determine an appropriate arrival date to campus.
  • Provide advice with pre-arrival logistics as needed (i.e. Short-term housing, securing a bank account, driver’s license, and social security card, transportation upon arrival and during stay, school registration for dependents, etc.).

Department Responsibilities for Hosting Fulbright Visiting Scholars

The UC Davis host department should establish contact with the visiting scholar before arrival to campus to answer any initial questions or concerns and to establish an appropriate start date. Once the scholar arrives, the faculty host plays a key role in helping the scholar settle into campus:

  • Encourage the visiting scholar to visit the Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) office to confirm arrival. In addition, visiting scholars are encouraged to attend an SISS orientation for J-1 scholars that will provide useful information about the campus as well as important visa matters. Visit SISS at In addition, SISS can provide information on short-term housing, securing a bank account, driver’s licenses, social security cards, transportation upon arrival and during stay, and school registration for dependents.
  • Arrange for a UC Davis email account.
  • Provide appropriate office space, and computer and library access.
  • Assist the scholar in obtaining a UC Davis ID card.
  • Provide a tour of campus or encourage the scholar to take advantage of the tours offered through Visitor Services (
  • Encourage the scholar to attend events through the Fulbright Enrichment Program, which provides opportunities to meet scholars from around Northern CA. (Email Jennie Konsella-Norene at for details).
  • Introduce the scholar to department staff and colleagues and discuss an appropriate work schedule.
  • Maintain frequent contact with the scholar throughout the duration of his/her stay on campus.


If you are considering hosting a Fulbright Scholar and have questions, feel free to contact one of the Fulbright campus representatives.

Karen Beardsley
Director, Sponsored Programs and Special Projects, Global Affairs
Tel (530) 752-5678,

Jennie Konsella-Norene
Assistant Director, Sponsored Programs and Special Projects, Global Affairs
Tel (530) 754-9403,

Wesley Young Director, Services for International Students and Scholars, Global Affairs
Tel (530) 752-0864,