Hosting a Fulbright Student

Tuition/ Stipend Support from the University for incoming Fulbright students:
The Graduate School encourages departments to be competitive with their funding offers to Fulbright applicants. Departments should consider offering Graduate Assistantships to these students, or try to arrange cost sharing for Graduate Assistantships with other departments. A tuition waiver and stipend would greatly benefit these students and continue to help the Fulbright program advance at the University of Connecticut.

Award Benefits/Funding for incoming Fulbright students:
Please note that each applicant has their own unique benefits/funding situation. Funding packages vary depending on the sponsoring country, and are based on the terms set by each partner funding the specific funding program. Some countries may have several funding arrangements, each with varying terms. It is crucial that the applicant and department have a mutual understanding of the student’s Fulbright appointment before the student attends.

Upon acceptance of admission by the student, each Fulbright applicant will receive their “Terms of Appointment and Special Instructions” from the organization who is assisting the applicant. This document will outline the specific funding/benefits/travel details, requirements, and instructions for the student, as well as the department and University.

Fulbright visting scholars/visiting student researchers will come to the U.S. with visa sponorship from Fulbright, not UConn.  Departments will not need to submit an online DS-2019 Request for incoming fulbright visiting scholars/visiting student researchers.  Departments do need to encourage their Fulbright scholars/students researchers to check-in at ISSS, attend J-1 Scholar Orientation at ISSS and to otherwise be aware of the services provided by ISSS.

If your department will host an incoming visiting Fulbright student, visiting scholar or visiting student researcher, please contact Catherine Barachkova in ISSS with the first and last name(s) and email address of your visting scholar/student researcher and the dates that your scholar will be with your department.  ISSS will add them to our scholar listserv and grant them access to our online portal so they can check-in at ISSS and sign up for advising appointments.

If your Fulbright visiting scholar/visiting student researcher is not being funded by UConn, departments will need to issue gratis appointment offer and submit a gratis SmartHR transaction in CoreCT to ensure that your fulbright visiting scholars are granted NetIDs and affilitated with your departments. Please submit the gratis SmartHR  transactionwell in advance of your exchange visitor’s start date. The SmartHR transaction requires the Exchange Visitor’s SSN. If the exchange visitor does not have an SSN, you will need to contact Payroll ( or for a Temporary National ID number that can be used in place of an SSN on the SmartHR Transaction.* See the job aid for hiring Special Payroll employees into Core-CT.pdf