Faculty Exchange Programs

Enhance your research and build connections with colleagues around the world

Indiana University faculty and librarians can apply to participate in month-long exchange programs with university partners around the world. Each program has a limited number of exchange slots available each year. Some programs have higher demand and, therefore, are competitive.

Applicants must be tenure-line faculty members (including librarians) or research scientists/scholars at any IU campus. Non-tenure-line faculty members whose evaluation criteria for promotion include research or creative activity are also eligible with an explanation in the letter of support from their dean or chair.

Participants receive funding to cover airfare from the Office of International Partnerships and will receive a reasonable living stipend from either the Office of International Partnerships or the partner institution. With the exception of the Academia Brasileira de Letras, the partner institution may provide or assist with housing.

Programs for AY 2018-2019

  • BRAZIL: Academia Brasileira de Letras

    TheAcademia Brasileira de Letras(Brazilian Academy of Letters), located in Rio de Janeiro, is a literary nonprofit society established at the end of the 19th century by a group of 40 writers and poets inspired by the Académie Française. The first president, Machado de Assis, declared its foundation on December 15, 1896. The Academy is composed to this day of 40 members chosen from among the citizens of Brazil who have published recognized works or books of literary value. The position is awarded for the recipient's lifetime.The Academy is charged with the care of the national language of Brazil (Portuguese) and with the promotion of Brazilian literary arts. Today the Academy administers one of the largest public libraries in Rio with more than 90,000 volumes and a multimedia center. The library houses many rare manuscripts and first edition books by famous Brazilian writers. Applicantsmusthave strong Portuguese proficiency, both written and oral, and have a clear research agenda that would be appropriate for the Academy. Applicants who desire to meet specific Academy members must describe, in detail, how such meetings directly support their research. Due to the unique nature of this partnership, the selected participant must notify the Academy of his/her intended visit at least three months in advance and must copy the Office of International Partnerships (partner@iu.edu) on all initial correspondence.

    A post-trip report is mandatory. It should be at least 900 words in length, written in Portuguese, and address how you utilized the resources of the Academy for your research and/or professional development. A copy of the report should be sent to both the Academy and the Office of International Partnerships (partner@iu.edu) within 60 days of the program's completion.

    One IU participant is selected each academic year. Although preference will be given to faculty members, advanced Ph.D. students may be nominated by faculty members to participate (such nominations should be sent by email to partner@iu.edu).

    The Office of International Partnerships covers the cost of round-trip economy international airfare and also provides a reasonable stipend for housing, meals, and incidentals in line with university policy.

  • CHINA: Zhejiang University

    Zhejiang University (ZJU) is one of the top five universities in China. It is located in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province. Zhejiang Province is a vibrant center of entrepreneurial business, and Hangzhou’s West Lake is one of China’s most impressive tourist attractions. ZJU is a comprehensive university with leading programs in law, business and management, economics, medicine, and the natural sciences.

    One IU participant is selected each academic year. This exchange program requires strong Chinese language proficiency. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that can be accommodated by ZJU. 

    The Office of International Partnerships covers the cost of round-trip economy international airfare and also provides a reasonable living stipend. ZJU helps participants find housing.

  • COSTA RICA: University of Costa Rica

    The University of Costa Rica (UCR) is located in San Pedro in the province of San Jose. It is a comprehensive university with over 39,000 students and is one of the leading universities in Central America. UCR has 26 research institutes and offers a full range of academic programs in agricultural sciences, arts and letters, basic sciences, engineering, health sciences, and social sciences. The university houses one of world’s most important historical archives on Central America.

    One IU participant is selected each academic year. Exchange participants should have high Spanish language proficiency, both written and oral, and have a clear research agenda that UCR can accommodate.

    Indiana University covers round-trip economy international airfare and also provides a living stipend sufficent to cover board and lodging. UCR’s academic calendar runs from August through June.

  • GERMANY: University of Bayreuth

    Bayreuth University (BU) is a center of international research promoting interdisciplinary cooperation. BU has nine central research institutes and offers a full range of academic programs in agricultural sciences, arts and letters, basic sciences, engineering, health sciences, and social sciences.

    One IU participant is selected each academic year. Exchange participants should have a clear research agenda that BU can accommodate. Indiana University covers round-trip economy international airfare. Housing is provided in the Bayreuth University Guesthouse and is within a 15-minute walk of campus. BU also provides health insurance and a stipend for meals. BU’s academic calendar runs from October through September.

  • GERMANY: Hamburg University

    Formally founded in 1919, the roots of Hamburg University (HU) reach back to the beginning of the 17th century. HU offers approximately 150 degree programs across six schools: Law; Business; Economics and Social Science; Medicine; Education, Psychology and Human Movement; Humanities; and Mathematics, Informatics, and Natural Sciences.

    One IU participant is selected each academic year. Indiana University covers round-trip economy international airfare. HU provides a stipend to cover housing and meals. Housing is available near the HU campus. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that HU can accommodate. HU’s academic calendar runs from October through July. Participants are encouraged to to avoid the Pentecost vacation, typically the second half of June.

  • GHANA: University of Ghana

    Founded in 1948 and granted full university status in 1961, the University of Ghana is the oldest and largest university in Ghana. Today the university has more than 40,000 students. The faculties include basic sciences, applied sciences, biomedical and health sciences, nursing, pharmacy, humanities, arts, education, law, and engineering sciences. Research centers cover music and dance, ecology, environmental change, natural resources, insects, wetlands research, internatioanl affairs and diplomacy, social policy analysis, African music and dance, migration, biotechnology, languages, gender studies, and food.

    One IU participant is selected each academic year. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that University of Ghana can accommodate. Indiana University covers the cost of round-trip economy international airfare. The University of Ghana provides board and lodging (or a stipend sufficient to cover these items). The University of Ghana's academic calendar runs from mid-August through mid-May, with an intersemester break from mid-December through late January.

  • INDIA: Ambedkar University Delhi

    Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD), a public university established in 2007, is mandated to focus on research and teaching in the social sciences and humanities and guided by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's vision of bridging equality and social justice with excellence. AUD is committed to creating an institutional culture characterized by humanism, non-hierarchical and collegial functioning, teamwork and creativity.

    AUD complements IU's academic expertise and interests in South Asia. Among its innovating offerings are programs in social entrepreneurship, human ecology with an interdisciplinary emphasis and development studies. AUD's constitutent schools include development studies; education studies; human ecology; human studies; culture and creative expressions; design; business, public policy, and social entrepreneurship; law, governance, and citizenship; liberal studies; letters; and vocational studies. Its research centers focus on psychotherapy and clinical research; urban ecology and sustainability; community knowledge; early childhood education and development; development practice; social science research methods; and incubation, innovation, and entrepreneurship. 

    Up to two IU participants are selected each academic year. The Office of International Partnerships covers round-trip economy international airfare, and AUD will provide board and lodging to the IU participants.

  • ITALY: University of Bologna

    Founded in 1088, the University of Bologna (UniBo) is the oldest university in continuous operation in the Western world. Today UniBo enrolls more than 85,000 students across campuses in Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini. Each campus has its own distinct scientific and educational identity and its own institutional, cultural, social and sports facilities and services. 

    The university has 11 schools and 33 departments. The schools include agriculture and veterinary medicine; arts, humanities, and cultural heritage; economics, management, and statistics; engineering and architecture; foreign languages and literature, interpreting and translation; law; medicine; pharmacy, biotechnology, and sport sciences; political sciences; psychology and education; and science (chemistry, biotechnology, physics, astronomy, biology, geology, environmental sciences). Research and training centers focus on public administration; advanced fiscal studies; health policy; electronic systems; tourism; history, philosophy, and sociology of law and in computer science law; cancer; integrative studies in bioinformatics, biophysics, and biocomplexity; interdepartmental environmental sciences; studies on the city and the territory; humanities; and legal professions.

    One IU participant is selected each academic year. Indiana University covers round-trip economy international airfare and also provides a living stipend. UniBo will cover the cost of housing and will help the IU participant locate housing.

  • JAPAN: Waseda University

    Waseda University, located in Tokyo, is one of Japan’s most prestigious institutions of higher education. Consistently ranked among the top 10 in Japan and among the top 40 internationally, the university has more than 6,000 academic staff and 50,000 students. It offers a full range of academic programs, including Japanese applied linguistics, business, law, information systems, applied sciences, social sciences, natural sciences, international studies, sports sciences, environmental studies, public management, education, and the arts.

    One IU participant is selected each academic year. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that Waseda University can accommodate. Indiana University covers the cost of round-trip economy international airfare and also provides a stipend for housing and living expenses. Waseda University recommends housing options to participants.

  • MEXICO: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), located in Mexico City, is the second highest ranked university in Latin America and one of the most recognizied universities in the region. UNAM is a comprehensive institution with faculties of accounting and administration, architecture, chemistry, economics, engineering, law, medicine, odontology, philosophy and literature, political and social sciences, psychology, veterinary medicine and animal sciences, and sciences. It is particularly outstanding in the humanities and social sciences. Scientific research at UNAM is divided between faculties, institutes, centers and schools, and covers a range of disciplines.

    One IU participant is selected each academic year. Applicants are encouraged to have proficiency in Spanish in order to effectively navigate the city and university. Indiana University covers round-trip economy international airfare and also provides a living stipend sufficient to cover housing and meals.

  • POLAND: Jagiellonian University

    Jagiellonian University (JU), founded in 1364, is the oldest university in Poland. It is located in the historic city of Krakow and has close to 50,000 students. JU has leaading programs in law, philosophy, linguistics, Polish language and literature and natural sciences.

    One IU participant is selected each academic year. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that JU can accommodate. Indiana University covers round-trip economy international airfare. JU provides housing at the University Guesthouse and a stipend to cover meals. JU's academic year runs from late September through the end of June.

  • POLAND: University of Warsaw

    University of Warsaw (UW) is Poland’s largest university with close to 60,000 students and is one of the top universities in Poland. The university is located in downtown Warsaw, the capital of the country. UW has strong programs in Polish Studies, social sciences, linguistics and a variety of research institutes.

    One IU participant is selected each academic year. Indiana University covers round-trip economy international airfare. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that UW can accommodate. UW provides housing and a living stipend.

  • RUSSIA: Higher School of Economics

    Higher School of Economics (HSE) was established in 1992 on the initiative of renowned Russian economists and leading reformists with the purpose to promote economic and social reforms in Russia. Exchange participants may spend the month-long period at the Moscow or St. Petersburg campuses, depending on their specific research focus and interests. The Moscow campus schools and institutes include mathematics; physics; electronic and computer engineering; computer science; business and management; law; humanities (history, cultural studies, linguistics, philology, philosophy, foreign languages); social sciences (political science, sociology, public administration, psychology, education, demography, public policy); communications, media, and design; economic sciences; world economy and international affairs; economics and finance; statistical studies and economics of knowledge; and urbanism. The St. Petersburg campus schools and institutes include social sciences and humanities (sociology, history, political science, public administration, foreign languages, Asian and African Studies); economics and management; law; applied research and development; research management and academic development; and innovative entrepreneurship.

    One IU participant is selected each academic year. Indiana University covers round-trip economy international airfare. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that can be accommodated by the relevant HSE campus. The Office of International Partnerships strongly suggests that applicants have pre-existing contacts with researchers/faculty at HSE. Indiana University covers round-trip economy international airfare and also provides funds for the cost of housing, meals, and incidentials in line with university policy.

  • SOUTH KOREA: Yonsei University

    Yonsei University is the top private university in Korea and one of the three top research universities in Korea. Its main campus is located in Seoul. It has close to 30,000 students. Yonsei has strong programs in business, life sciences, social sciences, law, journalism, and medicine.

    One IU participant is selected each academic year. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that Yonsei can accommodate. Indiana University covers round-trip economy international airfare. Yonsei provides housing and a living stipend.

  • THAILAND: Chulalongkorn University

    Chulalongkorn University was officially established in 1917. It is a comprehensive university composed of a total of 41 faculties, departments, colleges, academic, research, and service institutes, and academic offices.

    One IU participant is selected each academic year. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that Chulalongkorn University can accommodate. Indiana University covers round-trip economy airfare and also provides a living stipend sufficent to cover board and lodging. Chulalongkorn University will help participants locate housing.

  • THAILAND: National Institute of Development Administration

    National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), located in Bangkok, is Thailand's most prestigious graduate school for public administration and business. NIDA’s MBA program is the most highly ranked in Thailand. In addition to its traditional academic strengths, NIDA also has academic programs in development economics, applied statistics, social and environmental development, environmental development administration, language and communication, human resource development, law, tourism management, and communication arts and management innovation. 

    One IU participant is selected each academic year. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that NIDA can accommodate. Indiana University covers round-trip economy international airfare and also provides a living stipend sufficient to cover board and lodging. NIDA will help participants locate housing.

  • TURKEY: Bogazici University (Suspended)

    The exchange program with Bogazici University has been suspended until further notice.

    Bogazici University, founded in 1863, and is located in the historic city of Istanbul. It has close to 12,000 students. It has leading programs in law, business and management, economics, medicine, Turkish language, and the natural sciences. The academic year runs from late September through the end of May.

Application guidelines

Interested faculty members or librarians should prepare a proposal that describes their intended activities before starting the online application. Proposed activities may include conducting research, consulting with colleagues, or offering lectures or short courses. Applicants should indicate how their proposed activities are important to their professional development, the development of a school or departmental affiliation, or the development of the partner institution. Research proposals should include an outline of the project and should specifically identify local resources the candidate would employ. Applicants who propose to offer lectures or a short course should provide confirmation that their topics are of interest to colleagues at the partner institution. All applicants are highly encouraged to identify a counterpart at the partner institution with whom they would like to work prior to completing the application. Applicants should submit a letter of support from their chair or equivalent unit representative and may also submit a letter of invitation from the potential host at the partner institution. Applicants are required to upload a copy of their CV.

The application deadline for AY 2018-2019 is November 5, 2017.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty members with diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Reviewers score each application based on the strength of the proposal. In particular, reviewers will consider the extent to which an applicant's program participation will advance the proposed research, enhance professional development, or further collaboration with the partner institution.

Applicants will be notified about their selection as IU's nominee in early January.