Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Award Code
Activity Type
Professional Project
A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.
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.
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Career Profile
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.
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
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

Award Start Period
June 2023, or September 2023, or January 2024
Award Length
4 months - 9 months
Flex Option
Trinidad and Tobago
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

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 at the graduate or undergraduate level, advise on university curriculum and development, and offer other host institutions support as requested.

Conduct independent or collaborative research. For teaching/research awards, the ratio of grant activity should be 50/50.

A non exhaustive list of host institutions who have expressed interest in hosting a Fulbright scholar are included in the Locations section below, along with information about the host's preference for certain disciplines as well as specific grant activities that the host would expect a scholar to conduct.

Locations Detail

Applicants to this award may propose affiliation with universities, research institutes and non-governmental organizations. The following host institutions have expressed interest in hosting Fulbright Scholars. Please note that applicants are not required to affiliate with one of these host institutions.

The following departments at the University of the West Indies have expressed an interest in hosting a Fulbright Scholar to teach and collaborate on research in the identified fields of study:

  • Dept. of Life Sciences: Environmental Microbiology (Water quality testing using molecular based techniques);  Biological Anthropology (lectures in evolutionary biology; biodiversity and conservation; biology of animal behavior; the ecology of humans; science communication: human impact on the environment; Caribbean island ecology and biogeography)
  • Dept. of Student Life and Development, Division of Student Services: Student Development/Student Affairs in Higher Education with an emphasis on, Inclusive Education/Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Dept. of Computing and Information Technology (DCIT): Computer Science: Software Engineering; Data Analytics; Computer Security; Intelligent Systems

The University of Trinidad and Tobago seeks a scholar to teach undergraduate courses, deliver monthly seminars, and/or conduct research. The university prefers scholars in the following fields: Agriculture, Engineering, Marine Sciences, Maritime Studies, Music, Animation and Education.

The University of the Southern Caribbean seeks a scholar to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, deliver monthly seminars and/or conduct research. The university prefers scholars in the following fields, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Psychology and Education.

    Award Length and Period

    4 – 9 months total for non-Flex awards. 4 - 6 months total for Flex awards. (Please see the Flex Description section for additional details on Flex award parameters.)

    Grants must begin after August 2023. For Flex grants, see Flex Option section. 

    All Scholars to Trinidad & Tobago are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which typically takes place in late June, prior to beginning their Fulbright grant. 

    Flex Description

    Flex awards are offered for teaching, teaching/research, and research grants.

    The Flex Award is designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the host country. This option allows grants to be conducted over two or three short segments. Applicants must select Flex in the application form, and clearly describe their plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline. Flex grantees may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host-country academic community.

    Grant segments are allowed to be conducted in summer months
    2 or 3 Segments MAY BE PROPOSED
    Areas of Interest

    Areas of interest include but are not limited to: Agriculture, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Business and Economics, Entrepreneurship, Education, Environmental Sciences, Information Sciences and Systems, International Relations, Media, Journalism and Communication Studies, Medical Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Work, Tourism.

    Proposals outside of these fields are welcomed.

    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 optional.
    Invitation Requirement Additional Information

    Please see additional comments section for details on contacting specific host institutions. 

    Language Proficiency Requirements
    None, English is sufficient.
    Additional Qualification Information

    A Ph.D. or other terminal degree is recommended for applicants applying to teaching/research awards.  However, professionals outside of academia who do not hold a terminal degree, with at least 5 years experience working as a specialist in the field, will be considered.

    The following host institutions have additional required qualifications:

    The Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Open to scholars with a gender specialization in either the humanities or the social sciences. Ph.D. with three to four years of teaching experience and some evidence of publication is required.

    Alma Jordan Library: Master's of Library and Information Science and a minimum of five years of experience working in an academic, research or college library is required.

    Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business: Ph.D. or MBA and a minimum 3 years teaching experience required.

    University of Trinidad and Tobago: At least two years of teaching/research experience as a university Assistant Professor is required.

    University of the Southern Caribbean: Ph.D and a minimum 3 years teaching experience required, or must be a licensed practitioner in the field.

    Additional Comments

    Interested persons are advised to contact the relevant university personnel below for further details regarding the following award offerings.  

    Department of Life Sciences

    Contact:  Dr. Adesh Ramsubhag, Head, Dept. of Life Sciences; 1 (868) 740-5021; e-mail: Adesh.ramsubhag@sta.uwi.edu; website: http://sta.uwi.edu/fst/lifesciences/


    1. Environmental Microbiology (Water quality testing using molecular based techniques)
    2. Biological Anthropology (lectures in evolutionary biology; biodiversity and conservation; biology of animal behavior; the ecology of humans; science communication: human impact on the environment; Caribbean island ecology and biogeography)

    The Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS):

    Contact:  Dr. Gabrielle Jamela Hosein, tel. 1 (868) 662-2002, ext. 82577/83572/84054;  e-mail:  gabrielle.hosein@sta.uwi.edu; Website: http://sta.uwi.edu 

    Discipline: Peace and security studies; economics; energy studies; ecology; indigenous studies; anthropology; gender studies; gender and cultural studies


    Dept. of Behavioral Sciences


    1. Social Sciences: Conflict resolution (contact - Ann Diaz, Ph.D (cand.), tel.:  1 (868) 662-2002, ext. 85280; 1 (868) 684-4857; e-mail: ann.diaz@sta.uwi.edu or anndiaz109@hotmail.com; website:  https://sta.uwi.edu
    2. Social Sciences: Social Work:  (Contact -  Emmanuel Johnson, PhD, Social Work Unit); tel. no.: 1 (868) 662-2002, ext. 85277
    3. Criminology/Psychology (background in media and anticrime-extremism messaging) – Contact: Professor Derek Chadee, Dept. Head, tel. 1 (868) 662-2002, ext. 82512; e-mail:  Derek.Chadee@sta.uwi.edu; website: http://sta.uwi.edu/fss/


    Dept. of Computing and Information Technology (DCIT)

    Contact: Dr. Permanand Mohan (Head) and Mrs. Avril Patterson-Pierre (Senior Administrative Assistant).  Tel. 1 (868) 662-2002, ext. 83080/83640/85382-5; e-mail:  permanand.mohan@sta.uwi.edu or avril.patterson-pierre@sta.uwi.edu; website: https://sta.uwi.edu/dcit 

    Discipline: Computer Science: software engineering; data analytics; computer security; intelligent systems


    Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies

    Contact:  Dr. Maarit Forde, Dept. Head; tel. no.: 1 (868) 662-2002, ext. 83033 or 82031; e-mail: maarit.forde@sta.uwi.edu; website: https://sta.uwi.edu/fhe/dlcc/

    Discipline: Media and Communication Studies


    Faculty of Medical Sciences

    Contact:  Dr. Oscar Noel Ocho; tel. no. 1 (868) 225-1027; mobile: 1 (868) 462-9982; e-mail:  oscar.ocho@sta.uwi.edu; website: http://sta.uwi.edu/fms/nursing/

    Discipline: Nursing – Critical Care Nursing


    Center for Health Economics

    Contact:  Professor Karl Theodore, Tel. 1 (868) 662-9459; 1 (868) 645-7351; e-mail: Centre.HealthEconomics@sta.uwi.edu; website: https://sta.uwi.edu/fss/heu/

    Discipline: Business Administration: Library Science (create and implement a cataloging system for the Center’s Documentation Center


    Faculty of Science & Technology

    Contact:  Brian Cockburn, Ph.D, tel. no. 1 (868) 662-2002, ext. 84491/82048; mobile: 1 (868) 717-4575; e-mail: sreeddhara.rao@sta.uwi.edu; website: https://sta.uwi.edu/fst/dms/

    Discipline: Applied Mathematics/Pure Mathematics, Applied Statistics & Actuarial Science


    Institute of International Relations

    Contact: Michelle Seeraj; tel. no. 1 (868) 662-2002, ext. 82011/82084; e-mail: iirt@sta.uwi.edu; website: www.sta.uwi.edu/iir

    Discipline:  International Relations – U.S. Foreign Policy; Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis

    University of the Southern Caribbean: Contact Beverly Ellis at ellis@usc.edu.tt

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


    For Flex grants, round-trip travel will be included for each segment of the grant for the Scholar only. Dependent travel will not be provided for Flex Scholars.

    Estimated Book and Research Allowance

    $1,000 books and educational materials allowance for teaching and teaching/research grants; these materials should be donated to the host institution or other entity upon grantee's departure.

    $300 - $500 research allowance for research-only grants.

    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 $200/month to $400/month.

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

    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.

    Special Award Benefits

    During their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Western Hemisphere (WHA) region may apply for a short-term regional travel grant for activities such as workshops, seminars, presentations, lectures, performances, exhibits, curricular advising and similar projects at institutions in eligible WHA countries. (Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Uruguay).

    The Regional Travel Program covers travel to and from the destination; lodging may be offered by the host institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once they are in country on their Fulbright grant. Scholars who apply for the Flex award are ineligible for the Regional Travel Program. Additional information can be found on the Regional Travel Program website

    Please note that the Regional Travel Program is currently paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All eligible Scholars will be notified of its reopening, which is dependent on the status of the global health situation.

    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.

    Trinidad and Tobago

    What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

    Trinidad and Tobago is a diverse country with a population of approximately 1.3 million people. Although small, it is a developing country with an emphasis on education and training. There are four popular universities that offer multiple degree programs, some of which are newly introduced programs. The culture is warm and inviting with students from Trinidad as well as across the Caribbean region, who are excited to learn from US experts. Visitors can come to Trinidad and Tobago for up to 90 days without a visa, which makes it easy for scholars to have their family visit while in Trinidad. Public health facilities are available at no cost to visitors if needed and there are also efficient private hospitals that visitors can also access for a cost.

    If visitors come during the January to May semester you will get to experience the very popular Trinidad and Tobago Carnival in February. Scholars can also visit beautiful beaches on the twin island Tobago which is a 15 minute flight from Trinidad.

    At most Universities, the first semester is from late August to mid-December and the second semester is from late January to mid-May. An MPhil or Ph.D. is preferred for all awards. For scholars affiliated with the University of the West Indies, the University School is available to children under age 11 (fee paying). In some cases, requested grant lengths may be adjusted at the discretion of the Fulbright Program. Short-term Flex grants for teaching, research or teaching/research for one- to three-month segments over one or two consecutive years are available for applicants in the All Disciplines category only.

     As you prepare your Fulbright application, we encourage you to read the information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

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