Faculty Exchange Programs

Available programs

Program duration: Minimum of two weeks, maximum of one month

The Academia Brasileira de Letras (Brazilian Academy of Letters), located in Rio de Janeiro, is a literary nonprofit society established at the end of the nineteenth 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.

To apply, you must have strong Portuguese proficiency, both written and oral, and have a clear research agenda that would be appropriate for the Academy. If you desire to meet specific Academy members you must describe, in detail, how such meetings directly support your research.

Due to the unique nature of this partnership, the selected participant must notify the Academy of their 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 an IU faculty member to participate.

Program duration: Maximum of one month

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.

Participants receive an award from IU that covers the cost of round-trip economy international airfare, as well as a reasonable living stipend. ZJU helps participants find housing.

Program duration: Maximum of one month

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.

Program duration: Maximum of one month

Formally founded in 1919, the roots of Hamburg University (HU) reach back to the beginning of the seventeenth century.

HU offers approximately 150 degree programs across six schools:

  • Law
  • Business
  • Economics and Social Science
  • Medicine
  • Education, Psychology, and Human Movement
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics, Informatics, and Natural Sciences

One IU participant is selected each academic year. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that HU can accommodate.

Indiana University covers round-trip economy international airfare. HU provides a stipend to cover housing and meals. Housing is available near the HU campus.

HU’s academic calendar runs from October through July. Participants are encouraged to avoid the Pentecost vacation, typically the second half of June.

Program duration: Two weeks

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:

  • Arts
  • Applied sciences
  • Basic sciences
  • Biomedical and health sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering sciences
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy

Research centers cover:

  • African music and dance
  • Biotechnology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental change
  • Food
  • Gender studies
  • Natural resources
  • Insects
  • International affairs and diplomacy
  • Languages
  • Migration
  • Music and dance
  • Social policy analysis
  • Wetlands research

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.

Program duration: Maximum of one month

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, nonhierarchical 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:

  • Business, public policy, and social entrepreneurship
  • Culture and creative expressions
  • Design
  • Development studies
  • Education studies
  • Human ecology
  • Human studies
  • Law, governance, and citizenship
  • Liberal studies
  • Letters
  • Vocational studies

Its research centers focus on:

  • Community knowledge
  • Early childhood education and development
  • Development practice
  • Incubation, innovation, and entrepreneurship
  • Psychotherapy and clinical research
  • Social science research methods
  • Urban ecology and sustainability

Up to two IU participants are selected each academic year. Participants receive an award from IU that covers round-trip economy international airfare, and AUD provides board and lodging.

Program duration: Two weeks

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
  • Science (chemistry, biotechnology, physics, astronomy, biology, geology, environmental sciences)

Research and training centers focus on:

  • Advanced fiscal studies
  • Cancer
  • Electronic systems
  • Health policy
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Integrative studies in bioinformatics, biophysics, and biocomplexity
  • Interdepartmental environmental sciences
  • Legal professions
  • Philosophy
  • Public administration
  • Sociology of law and in computer science law
  • Studies on the city and the territory
  • Tourism

Before you apply, please be aware that this exchange program is only two weeks in duration. One IU participant is selected each academic year. Indiana University covers round-trip economy international airfare and also provides a living stipend. UniBo will provide housing.

Program duration: Maximum of one month

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:

  • Applied sciences
  • Business
  • Education
  • Environmental studies
  • Information systems
  • International studies
  • Japanese applied linguistics
  • Law
  • Natural sciences
  • Public management
  • Social sciences
  • Sports sciences
  • 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.

Program duration: Maximum of one month

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), located in Mexico City, is the second-highest-ranked university in Latin America and one of the most recognized 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
  • Sciences
  • Veterinary medicine and animal 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.

Program duration: Maximum of one month

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 leading 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.

Program duration: Maximum of one month

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. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that UW can accommodate.

Indiana University covers round-trip economy international airfare. UW provides housing and a living stipend.

Program duration: Maximum of one month

Higher School of Economics (HSE) was established in 1992 on the initiative of renowned Russian economists and leading reformists with the purpose of promoting economic and social reforms in Russia.

Exchange participants may spend up to one month at HSE. The exchange program rotates between the Moscow and St. Petersburg campuses of HSE:

  • 2018–19: St. Petersburg
  • 2019–20: Moscow
  • 2020–21: St. Petersburg
  • 2021–22: Moscow
  • 2022–23: St. Petersburg

The Moscow campus ;schools and institutes include:

  • Business and management
  • Communications, media, and design
  • Computer science
  • Economics and finance
  • Economic sciences
  • Electronic and computer engineering
  • Humanities (history, cultural studies, linguistics, philology, philosophy, foreign languages)
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social sciences (political science, sociology, public administration, psychology, education, demography, public policy)
  • Statistical studies and economics of knowledge
  • Urbanism
  • World economy and international affairs

The St. Petersburg campus schools and institutes include:

  • Applied research and development
  • Economics and management
  • Innovative entrepreneurship
  • Law
  • Research management and academic development
  • Social sciences and humanities (sociology, history, political science, public administration, foreign languages, Asian and African Studies)

One IU participant is selected each academic year. Applicants should have a clear research agenda that can be accommodated by the relevant HSE campus. Applicants are strongly encouraged to 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 incidentals in line with university policy.

Program duration: Maximum of one month

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.

Program duration: Maximum of one month

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 sufficient to cover board and lodging. Chulalongkorn University will help participants locate housing.

Program duration: Maximum of one month

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:

  • Applied statistics
  • Communication arts and management innovation
  • Development economics
  • Environmental development administration
  • Human resource development
  • Language and communication
  • Law
  • Social and environmental development
  • Tourism management

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.

Extended application deadline!

Priority deadline: November 1, 2019
Extended deadline: December 8, 2019

Applications for participation in the 2020-2021 academic year will be accepted through the extended deadline. However, those who applied by the priority deadline will be given priority in the review process. Before you submit your application, read the application guidelines below carefully.

Application guidelines

To apply, you should prepare a brief proposal (maximum 1,500 words, double-spaced, 12-point font) that describes your intended activities before starting the online application.

Proposed activities may include conducting research, consulting with colleagues, or offering lectures or short courses. You should indicate how your proposed activities are important to your 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 you would employ. If you propose to offer lectures or a short course, you should provide confirmation that your topics are of interest to colleagues at the partner institution.

You are highly encouraged to identify a counterpart at the partner institution with whom you would like to work prior to completing the application. You should submit a letter of support from your chair or equivalent unit representative and may also submit a letter of invitation from the potential host at the partner institution. You are required to upload a copy of your CV.

Please note that proposed dates of participation should fall between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. Any proposed dates outside these parameters require approval from the International Partnerships staff. 

Participation in an exchange program is expressly contingent upon continued employment at IU during the period of time in which travel takes place. Retired IU faculty are encouraged to explore internal grants offered by the IU research offices.

Submit your application

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.

You will be notified about the status of your application in early January.

Have you been nominated to participate in an exchange program?

If you are selected to participate in an exchange program, you will need to provide additional information about your intended plans for travel. Exchange participants from IU’s partner institutions must complete several forms and provide necessary documentation for their visa.

Learn more about what’s required of faculty exchange participants