The Fulbright Roving Scholars Program was established in 1987, and brings highly skilled American teachers to Norway to teach and lead seminars for both students and teachers. Roving Scholars are expected to be broadly knowledgable in a variety of fields; their lessons focus on American history and culture, often combined with innovative and inspiring ideas on pedagogy and teaching methods. The Roving Scholar Program is a unique Norwegian Fulbright opportunity that does not exist in other countries.
Each year, The U.S.-Norway Fulbright Foundation offers two to three awards for Roving scholars to visit lower secondary schools (student ages 14-16) or upper secondary schools (ages 16-18).
Applicants should have a strong interest in meeting with and teaching teenagers, and be versatile, open-minded and able to convey to young Norwegian students different aspects of American society. Applicants should have the ability to present and practice modern teaching methods, provide information of interest to young people about the U.S. and discuss political, historical, educational and social issues. For one alumna’s perspective on Roving, please see Lee Ann Potter’s article published in Social Education.
Roving Scholars are based in Oslo, but travel throughout the country at the Foundation’s expense. The primary Norwegian affiliation is the Norwegian Centre for Foreign Languages in Education. A letter of invitation is not required when applying to be a Roving Scholar.
To highlight the reach and impact of the Roving Scholars program and to promote it more effectively, the US-Norway Fulbright Foundation in 2013-14 published its first annual report focused exclusively on this unique program. Click here to view Roving Scholar Program annual reports.
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals.
The Roving Scholar awards are published in CIES’ annual awards catalogue. You can find everything you need to know about how to apply to become a Fulbright Roving Scholar on the CIES website, including an electronic version of the catalog.