The Mobility Program

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Fulbright Canada mobility programs are designed to increase the effective cash value of the Fulbright award and enhance the overall academic and professional value of the opportunity for students, scholars, and many of our partners. The key mobility and enrichment activities, some of which are competitive, allow Fulbright students and scholars to experience a part of the country that they might otherwise miss during their exchange, and to reach out to individuals and institutions in other parts of the country.

American Fulbright Scholars and Students in Canada


American Fulbright students and scholars at Orientation, Ottawa ON
  • Fall Orientation in Ottawa is an annual event which brings new U.S. Fulbrighters in Canada and new Killam Fellows together for a program of professional and personal development.  The new scholars and students are provided with the opportunity to participate in a specific program of academic, cultural and professional activities, spend time in the nation’s capital, and meet other American Fulbrighters, Killam Fellows, Fulbright Canada staff members, Board members, U.S. government officials, and Canadian Government officials.
  • Visiting Scholar Speakers Program (up to CAD$1000), which also operates on a competitive basis, provides U.S. Fulbright scholars with funds to travel to a different city or region of Canada for speaking engagements.  Scholars may present at professional conferences or at Canadian institutions.  This travel must take place during their grant period and awards are available only for activities within Canada. Interested Fulbright scholars should contact for an application.

Fulbright student Cam Terwilliger at the Banff Center Literary Arts Residency Program

Professional Development Program (up to CAD$800), which operates on a competitive basis, provides U.S. Fulbright students with funds to travel to a different city or region of Canada for professional development.  They may attend a professional conference or undertake a short-term travel project which is specifically related to their Fulbright project.  Such a conference or travel project should not, however, be a requirement of the program in which they are enrolled.  This travel must take place during their grant period and awards are available only for activities within Canada. Interested Fulbright students should contact for an application.

Canadian Fulbright Scholars in the United States

  • The Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) provides travel awards which enable Canadian Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are currently in the U.S. to accept guest lecturing invitations at colleges and universities during their grant period.  OLF Awards are granted at three different levels ($250, $500 and $750), which the CIES determines based on travel distance involved.  This program enables visiting scholars to share their specific research interests, speak on the history and culture of their countries, exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty and community organizations, become better acquainted with U.S. higher education and create linkages between their home and host institutions.  Additional funds are available for scholars who wish to visit institutions that serve predominantly minority student populations.
  • Fulbright Metropolitan Area Enrichment Programs are sponsored with the assistance of a grant from the Department of State.  These programs organize a variety of cultural and social events for Fulbright scholars who are affiliated at host institutions in the following metropolitan areas: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.  Fulbright scholars affiliated with an institution in or near one of these cities can expect to receive regular program mailings from the local coordinator.  Fulbright scholars based in other areas who plan to visit one of these cities are also encouraged to contact the coordinator in order to participate in any programs that may be scheduled during their visit.

Canadian Fulbright Students in the United States

  • Fulbright Gateway Enrichment Opportunity is a benefit made available to incoming Canadian Fulbright students by the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).  It provides sessions on survival skills for graduate study and an understanding of current issues in U.S. society with the goal of assisting students in developing an understanding of U.S. social values for successful intercultural communication in their host communities. Gateway programs take place on pre-selected campuses in August and September. Students whose arrival time coincides with the events are identified and invited to attend.
  • Enrichment Seminars, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, are a series of four-day seminars for Fulbright students from abroad. These seminars take place throughout the country during the months of February, March, and April. Each seminar brings together approximately 140 Fulbrighters and returned U.S. Fulbright grantees. Interested applicants should contact their regional IIE representative upon arrival in the United States. 
  • Cultural Events are offered to visiting Canadian Fulbright grantees through the programs at IIE’s Regional Centers and associated cultural organizations.  Fulbright students are encouraged to explore the region through bus or walking tours; or enjoy a wide range of cultural events such as concerts, theater, musicals and ballet; or visit business, educational, and cultural centers to meet and interact with American citizens and local residents enriching their experience in the host city and broadening their understanding of culture in the United States. Interested applicants should contact their IIE representative. Interested applicants should contact their regional IIE representative upon arrival in the United States. 

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