For more than 50 years the Fulbright Program has offered scholars from the United States the opportunity to teach and conduct research abroad while enabling scholars from abroad to come to the United States. There are a number of Fulbright programs, but the Fulbright Scholar Program is the one for CSU San Marcos faculty members interested in lecturing or doing research abroad.
In March of each year, the Council on International Education Exchange (CIES), which administers the Fulbright Scholar Program for the Department of State International Information Program, publishes the announcements of the opportunities that will be available. Applications for most Fulbrights must be submitted by August 1 for programs that begin the following year (e.g., application for the 2012-13 academic year are due August 1, 2012).
Opportunities for lecturing and research are available in virtually every academic field in a wide range of locations. While local language fluency may be required for some programs, often lectureships are available to those who speak only English.
Fulbright living and transportation stipends are quite generous and allow for spouses and children to accompany scholars abroad. The duration of Fulbrights is anywhere from a month to a year. Many faculty members combine Fulbrights with sabbatical leaves, which is allowed under Fulbright rules.
The Office of Global Education distributes Fulbright booklets and applications to interested faculty members each April, but you can obtain this information about the Fulbright Scholar Program directly from CIES at their website.