Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program Competition for the 2023 – 2024 Academic Year is Now Open
The Application for the Fulbright Scholar Program (Post-Doctoral) in the United States (NON-DEGREE)
DEADLINE: November 1, 2022
This is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Kosovo.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its inception, more than 370,000 participants, chosen for their leadership potential, have participated in the Fulbright Program to exchange ideas, observe each other’s political, economic, and cultural institutions, and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.
The Program awards approximately 8,000 + new grants annually and operates in over 160 + countries worldwide.
Nature of grants
Grant benefits vary according to the provisions of the program of each participating country. All Fulbright grants include limited accident and medical insurance, airfare, and maintenance grants provided by the Department of State. Grants are generally awarded for three to six months at a university in the United States. A grant may be revoked, terminated, or suspended. Grounds for revocation or termination include, but are not limited to (1) violation of any law of the United States or the home country; (2) any act likely to give offense to the United States; (3) failure to observe satisfactory academic or professional standards; (4) physical or mental incapacitation; (5) engaging in any unauthorized income-producing activity; (6) failure to comply with the grant’s terms and conditions; and (7) material misrepresentation made by any grantee in the application form or grant document. A grant may be suspended if (1) the grantee ceases to carry out the project or academic program during the grant period, or (2) the grantee leaves the United States for more than two weeks without authorization of the American Embassy in Kosovo or IIE.
Preference is given to candidates without recent experience in the United States. Recipients of Fulbright Scholarships within the past five years will not be considered.
Persons holding permanent residence in the United States are not eligible to apply for Fulbright grants to the United States. Persons who are citizens of both Kosovo and the United States are also ineligible. Employees of the U.S. Embassy and their immediate family members are ineligible.
Fulbright grantees enter the United States on an exchange visitor (J-1) visa under a Department of State program, which requires them to return to their home countries for a minimum of two years at the end of the grant period.
The Fulbright Fellowship provides tuition, monthly maintenance allowance, a book and supplies allowance, and round-trip international travel to the host institution. The Fulbright Grant is not renewable.
Application and review process
All submitted documents must be in English and submitted through the online system.
Documents emailed to the Public Diplomacy Section may not be considered valid.
A complete application includes:
Complete the application form carefully after reading “Instructions for Completing the Application” on step 1 of the application. Make sure the reference reports are submitted promptly. Applicants must submit three references. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that reference reports are submitted by the deadline so that references accompany the application throughout the entire review process. References should be from persons qualified to evaluate your professional work and proposal. At least one of the references should be from a specialist outside your university. References should provide evidence of a scholar’s reputation within his/her discipline and must be written in English. The Reference Report Form in the application packet suggests qualifications that the reference writer should address. Submit detailed curriculum vitae. The curriculum vitae should describe academic credentials and relevant, recent achievements.
When composing curriculum vitae, it is important to include:
1. Education (universities attended, degrees held)
2. Positions held
3. Courses taught and other services provided to students and the home institution
5. Other relevant professional activities, such as workshops, seminars, and consultations
6. Membership and activities in professional associations
7. Professional honors, awards, and fellowships (relevant honors and awards)
8. Community service.
The application asks for similar information but provides limited space for answers. In the curriculum vitae, the applicant should expand upon these topics to provide a more complete presentation of your accomplishments.
Preparing the Project Statement
The project statement is the most important aspect of preparing the Fulbright application. Scholars with the most compelling, theoretically sound, well-written, feasible proposals are generally recommended for awards. Sometimes those with outstanding professional achievements assume that a brief, general project statement will be sufficient. But in order to ensure full consideration of your proposal, your – project, the strategy for completing it, and its envisioned outcome, should be thoroughly explained.
Factors to address in the project statement:
To ensure that the selection committee will be capable of evaluating a candidate’s competitiveness for an award, a complete statement will include the following:
Arrangements for affiliation with a host institution
One of the most important requirements of the Fulbright Scholar Program is a formal affiliation at a U.S. university or research institution. When determining which institutions to contact, do not limit yourself to only the most well-known U.S. universities. Many U.S. universities may not have an international reputation, but they often have the most appropriate facilities for scholars to conduct research. We have observed that scholars placed in these smaller and less well-known institutions often are given greater attention than their colleagues who are affiliated with more well-known universities.
Duration of grants: Fulbright scholar grants are awarded for three to nine months beginning in August or September 2023, or winter/spring 2024.
For the online application please click at https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2023/
The deadline for receipt of applications is November 1, 2022.
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