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
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.
Higher Education Administrators and Executives
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of administrators or executives with a focus on the international dimensions of their campuses.
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

Up To
Award Start Period
October 2023 or February 2024
Award Length
4 months - 9 months
Flex Option
North Macedonia
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 undergraduate- and graduate-level courses and consult on curriculum development. Conduct research in area of specialization. For Flex grants, see Flex Option box.

Scholars selected for this grant will be required to attend a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation in Summer 2022.

Locations Detail

Any appropriate institution. Affiliation to be determined by the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, but applicants may indicate preference. Potential host universities include:

1. University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje

Contact: Ms. Marija Cenevska, Office for International Cooperation, mcenevska@ukim.edu.mk

2. University of St. Kliment Ohridski, Bitola

Contact: Kaliopa Krivasija-Stilinovic, Head of Academic and International Relations Issues Department, kaliopa.stilinovic@uklo.edu.mk

3. South East European University, Tetovo

Contact: Mr. Bujar Sinani, Head of International Relations, bujar.sinani@seeu.edu.mk

4. University of Tetovo

Contact: Ms. Hatibe Deari, Office for International Cooperation, international@unite.edu.mk

5. Goce Delcev University, Stip

Contact: Ms. Milkica Milenkoska, Head of Rector's Cabinet, milkica.milenkoska@ugd.edu.mk

Award Length and Period

Four to nine months. For Flex grants, see Flex Option box.

One-semester grants must begin in September 2023 or February 2024; two-semester grants must begin in September 2023.

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

North Macedonia is interested in a wide range of institution-building fields, although specific requests have been made for the following specializations: business development, quality assurance management and standardization and education and research development. However, applications from all disciplines are welcome.

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

It is not a requirment, but it is an advantage if the candidate has a letter of invitation. 

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

English should be sufficient for teaching; however, interpreters will be provided for classes if needed. For research, language proficiency sufficient to complete the proposed project is required. For applicants without local language proficiency, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.

Additional Qualification Information

Teaching experience is required and a PhD is preferred.

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.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$750 books and educational materials allowance for teaching and teaching/research grants; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure.

Additional Dependent Benefits

Additional living and housing allowance is provided for grantees with one accompanying dependent or two or more accompanying dependents. These amounts range from $200/month to $300/month.

In addition, travel allowances are provided for dependents: $2,750 for one dependent and $5,500 for two or more 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.

Estimated Cost of Living

Recent Fulbright scholars report that the provided scholarship covers all regular and daily costs including housing, utilities, meal, and other expenses.

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.

North Macedonia

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

North Macedonia occupies a strategic location in the Balkans; some say that in order to understand the region, one must first understand North Macedonia. An award to North Macedonia will allow the recipient access to many different ethnic, linguistic, and socio-economic groups that represent the entire region in one small country. North Macedonia is also a country that is currently undergoing many changes. The country is working towards its goals of Euro-Atlantic integration and, in the process, is restructuring its legal system, introducing new rule of law concepts, adjusting its economic and educational institutions, and trying to address long-standing inter-ethnic disparities. These changes are sure to present unique opportunities to any award recipient.

For further information contact Gazmend Ilazi, Educational Affairs Assistant, ilazig@state.gov or Jaewon Oh, Assistant Public Affairs Officer, OhJ@state.gov; https://mk.usembassy.gov/.

Previous Fulbright Recipients

U.S. Fulbright scholar alumni: Jim Lofton, jim.lofton12@gmail.com Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, dr_jsm@fulbrightmail.org Miranda Spivack, mirandaspivack@yahoo.com Paul Koku, koku@fau.edu Dan Fellner, Dan.Fellner@asu.edu

Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.