Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Career Profile
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Up To
Award Start Period
September 2023
January 2024
Award Length
4 months
6 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Teach undergraduate or graduate courses or both, and develop curricula; or teach and conduct research in area of specialization.

Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Award Length and Period

Flexibility prevails as far as grant start date is concerned and can be worked out with respective universities.

Areas of Interest

All disciplines are encouraged to apply. In the past grantees have come from the following fields: American literature, economics, environmental studies, history, law, political science, public administration, international relations, sociology, religious studies, women's studies, business administration, electronics and telecommunication engineering, journalism, public health (nursing) and management information systems.

Special Features

South and Central Asia Fulbright Regional Travel Grant: During their grant period, Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia (SCA) region may apply for a regional travel grant to engage in a variety of activities at academic institutions or non-profit organizations in eligible SCA countries (Bangladesh, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Republic of the Maldives, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).  Activities that U.S Scholars may engage in include: faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, conferences, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, or some combination thereof. Scholars in the arts may be invited to give master classes or recitals, participate in exhibitions or workshops, or consult with cultural institutions. Activities may not include research. This grant will cover travel to and from the destination and lodging may be offered by the hosting institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once in-country on their Fulbright grant. As funds are limited, Scholars are limited to one such travel grant.

Before traveling to another country on a Regional Travel Grant, it is important to confirm trip details with the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section or Fulbright Commission in that country.

Please note: The 2023-24 Fulbright Regional Travel Program will be dependent on global travel conditions. More information will be provided prior to grant departure.  

South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference: With funding provided by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India) invites eligible Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia region to attend the annual South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference in India in 2024 (usually held in February or March). The conference is an opportunity for current Fulbright U.S. Scholars who are on their Fulbright grants in the SCA region at the time of the conference to gather to discuss each other’s work and educational exchange issues and to invite suggestions for the future development and enhancement of the Fulbright Program. Financial assistance to attend the conference is provided as an additional Fulbright grant benefit.

Please note: The 2023-24 South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference will be dependent on global travel conditions. More information will be provided prior to grant departure and once in-country.  

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Not applicable – all U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, regardless of dual citizenship or residency.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is preferred.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Scholars are responsible for arranging their own affiliations and letters of invitations should be included in the application. However, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Cultural Affairs Officer, (Sharlina Hussain-Morgan) at (HussainS@State.Gov) for any assistance.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching is in English. Basic conversational skills in Bangla, helpful in daily living activities, can be acquired through instruction available locally.

Additional Qualification Information

Ph.D.s of any academic rank. Non‐academics with recent Ph.D.s and a minimum of three years teaching experience are also welcome. Consideration may be given to those with M.A.s and extensive teaching experience

Researcher and Professional Project Monthly Allowances
Teaching or Teaching/Research Award Monthly Allowances
Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

$5, 000.00

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

Book Allowance for Teaching Awards only: $750.00

Research Allowance for Research Awards only: $2,000.00

Additional Dependent Benefits

Additional living and housing allowance is provided for grantees with one accompanying dependent or two or more accompanying dependent. These amounts range from $100/month to $200/month.

In addition, travel allowances are provided for up to two dependents.

A dependent education reimbursement allowance is provided ranging from up to $6,000 to up to $24,000 depending on the number of dependents and length of the grant. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only, and is dependent on funding availability. 

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.

Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of total monthly Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a monthly base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. Research-only or Professional Project grantees receive a standard stipend that is not adjusted for academic rank. In most cases, dependent benefits will not be provided to Flex grantees, or to grantees pursuing grants less than four months (or a semester) in length.

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Bordered by India and Burma in South Asia, Bangladesh is home to the world's largest river delta formed by the Brahmaputra and the Ganges River.  Bangladesh gained its independence through a bloody war with Pakistan in 1971 founded on principles of Bengali language and secularism. The 98% Bengali population includes at least 45 small ethnic groups with their own language, food habits, dress, and music.  A predominantly Muslim country (89%), the second largest group at 10% are Bangladeshi Hindus, followed by Buddhists and Christians (the remaining 1%).  Bangladeshis enjoy and celebrate public holidays recognizing the country’s major religious festivals, including the Islamic Eid holidays, Christmas, the birthday of Gautam Buddha, and the Hindu festival of Durga Puja.  People of Bangladesh, a country of 164.7 million, are known to be resilient, friendly, and hospitable.  The primary spoken language is Bangla (Bengali), although English is widely used especially in academic and business circles.  There are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bangladesh, two cultural and one natural. In addition, five properties are included in the UNESCO Tentative List (see the List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bangladesh). 

Bangladesh celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence in 2021 and is a development success story with improvements in social welfare metrics that stand out among South Asian countries.  Millions of Bangladeshis have emerged from poverty as the nation has sustained an average annual economic growth rate of six percent for more than a decade, although the 2020 global pandemic has slowed that pace and posed challenges to sustainable and inclusive growth. A moderate, pluralistic Muslim-majority country, Bangladesh is on a trajectory to make history by reducing its fertility rate to replacement level through voluntary family planning and has met all three eligibility criteria for graduation from LDC status, putting it on the path to graduate as early as 2024 in spite of the pandemic.  Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, Bangladesh aspires to qualify for middle-income country status by 2024.   

Bangladesh has vibrant intellectual traditions, and its higher education sector is undergoing rapid expansion.  There are 50 approved public universities and more than 108 private universities operating in Bangladesh.  All private universities have adopted the semester system and the academic year begins in September.  However, only a few public universities have adopted this system and their academic session runs from January to December.  Higher education in the public sector is a legacy of the British colonial education system, whereas private universities generally follow the U.S. curricula.  Private universities have been established in response to the fact that public universities have not been able to meet Bangladesh’s increasing demand for higher education given the country’s daunting youth bulge demographics. Nearly half of the total population is under 25 years of age.  The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges facing Bangladesh’s education sector, significantly deteriorating education progress among the least economically secure.  The response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh’s education sector has been slow, with the country experiencing some of the longest pandemic-related school closures.  Operating with limited economic and technological resources, the Government of Bangladesh is trying hard to fulfil the educational needs of its citizens, while protecting and managing public health.   

There is no independent or private academic standard accreditation council in Bangladesh.  The Ministry of Education’s University Grants Commission (UGC), the government regulatory body of higher education, assesses needs and maintains standards and quality of public and private universities.   For further information on the education system of Bangladesh, please visit the following links: Ministry of Education: www.moedu.gov.bd, and University Grants Commission: www.ugc.gov.bd.  

Foreign visitors are treated with great respect and past Fulbright Scholars have typically received warm welcomes from their hosts and students.  Following the 2016 Holey Artisan Bakery attack that claimed the lives of 24 victims, all American exchange programs were on hold in Bangladesh until recent days. The Government of Bangladesh enjoys a robust security cooperation with the U.S. Embassy and Bangladesh has not experienced any such attacks since then.  Bangladesh assiduously protects its “friendship to all, malice towards none” mantra, consciously balancing its relationships and agreements with the U.S., China, India, Russia, and Japan to avoid full alignment with any individual country. 

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