Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

2021-2022 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

Deadline for Applications:  The deadline for the 2020-2021 cycle has closed. Details regarding the next application cycle for 2021-2022 will be announced here once available.

Program Description

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides an opportunity for senior academics and scholars, primarily those who already have their PhD degree (or equivalent), to conduct postdoctoral research and lecturing at U.S. universities and colleges for between three and nine months. Preference is given to applicants who provide strong justification for undertaking their research in the United States, i.e., the need for access to research facilities or materials not readily available elsewhere. Awards are offered in the physical sciences, the social sciences and the humanities.

Degree Objective and Grant Duration

Two categories of grants are offered in the Visiting Scholar Program:  research grants and program and curriculum development grants.

Research Grants

Awards of 3 to 5 months are offered for African university faculty or administrators to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution. Proposals should be linked to professional duties and demonstrate how the scholar will use the knowledge gained to develop new courses, curricula, or other academic programs at the home institution.  These grants are designed for university faculty or administrators with less experience and who may not have had recent access to research or instructional developments in their disciplines.  A doctorate degree is not required, but applicants must hold a minimum of a master’s or equivalent graduate degree.

Program and Curriculum Development Grants

Awards of 3 to 5 months are offered for African university faculty or administrators to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution.  Proposals should be linked to professional duties and demonstrate how the scholar will use the knowledge gained to develop new courses, curricula, or other academic programs at the home institution.  These grants are designed for university faculty or administrators with less experience and who may not have had recent access to research or instructional developments in their disciplines.  A doctorate degree is not required, but applicants must hold a minimum of a master’s or equivalent graduate degree.

HIV/AIDS

The Visiting Scholar Program includes a special set of grants for scholars with proposals in HIV/AIDS-related research. Scholars in all academic disciplines are invited to formulate proposals with an HIV/AIDS focus.  Candidates may apply either as research scholars or as program and curriculum development scholars.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The program is open to scholars in all disciplines and without regard to gender or age; however, proposals for clinical medical research involving patient contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.
  2. Applicants must be citizens of the country from which they apply or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid passport issued by that country.
  3. Applicants for research grants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent terminal degree in their fields.  Preference is given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.
  4. Applicants without doctorate degrees but who hold a master’s or equivalent graduate degree are eligible in the program and curriculum development category.
  5. Applicationsfor doctoral dissertation research, postdoctoral research immediately following the completion of a doctorate degree, or general professional travel, are ineligible.
  6. Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright scholar grant.
  7. Preference will be given to candidates who have had no experience or limited experience in the U.S.
  8. Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in English to carry out their research projects and collaborate effectively with colleagues.  TOEFL exams are not required, but Posts may choose to institute local English language testing, if necessary, to evaluate applicants’ language skills.  At a minimum, Posts should evaluate English-language proficiency through a documented interview conducted in-person or by videoconferencing, or by telephone if videoconferencing is not a viable option.
  9. Applicants must be in good health.  Successful candidates will be asked to submit a Medical History and Examination Report.
  10. Scholars who were unsuccessful in previous competitions may re-apply.  Repeat applicants should revise their proposals, update curriculum vitae, and obtain current letters of reference.

Funding

Awards provide international travel for the grantee to and from the host institution in the United States, a monthly stipend, a one-time settling-in allowance, a one-time professional allowance, and insurance coverage. Laboratory fees are not part of the standard benefits package for the Visiting Scholar Program and are awarded on a limited case-by-case basis, and only if funding is available.

Dependents

If accompanied by dependents, Fulbright grantees are responsible for all associated costs of bringing and maintaining dependents in the United States. This includes airfare and other travel expenses, living expenses, school costs, medical insurance that meets visa regulations, and any uncovered medical bills. A modest dependent allowance may be provided in certain cases. The Fulbright Program defines a dependent as a spouse, qualified same-sex domestic partner, or an unmarried child under 21 years of age.

Placements

One of the most important components of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a formal affiliation at a U.S. university or research institution. In many cases, applicants are in contact with colleagues at U.S. institutions and have made preliminary plans for their own placements by securing a letter of invitation from the prospective host institution. However, if you are unable to make these preliminary contacts, you are strongly encouraged to identify three institutions that have appropriate facilities for the kind of project you wish to undertake and faculty members specializing in your research interests. Please indicate the rationale for your preferences. Applicants are discouraged from requesting affiliation with an alma mater/previous host institution.  For candidates selected for awards, the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) will honor institutional preferences as far as possible.  Applicants unfamiliar with U.S. institutions may rely on CIES to recommend suitable placements.

Process and Selection Criteria

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program Grants are highly competitive and several stages of review are necessary to make the final selection of participants. Applicants must fulfill the eligibility criteria outlined above to be considered. Qualified candidates will be interviewed in English by the U.S. Embassy Selection Committee. Those selected will be required to complete a more detailed online application, which will be sent to Washington, D.C. for final approval in August. Fulbright grantees will be announced in March of the following year.

For more information on the Fulbright Program or for announcements of upcoming information sessions, e-mail MaputoExchangePrograms@state.gov , visit our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/U.S.EmbassyMozambique, or visit http://www.cies.org/applicants.