Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
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
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.
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

Award Start Period
June 2023 - May 2024
Award Length
4 months - 9 months
Flex Option
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 in area of specialization and/or conduct independent or collaborative research as desired and based on needs of host institution. Opportunities for public speaking or organizing workshops for community leaders. Contribute to curriculum development and teacher training at host institution in addition to primary grant activities. For teaching/research projects, candidates should plan a 50/50 ratio of teaching to research.

Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

There are opportunities in all public and private Honduran institutions of higher education. Affiliations are also possible with NGOs and research centers. Please see a non-exhaustive list under the "Helpful Links" section. 

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.)

The academic year in Honduras begins in mid to late January. The start date is flexible, set on agreement with the host institution, but can be no earlier than June 2023. For Flex grants, see Flex Option section.

All Scholars to Honduras 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

Some universities have forwarded priority areas of interest, but applicants are not limited to the listed fields or universities.

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH)
UNAH is currently placing priority on engineering programs: industrial engineering (operations management, quality and productivity, automation and information technology, integrated quality systems, entrepreneurship); electrical engineering (telecommunications, renewable energy); civil engineering (environmental engineering, water and hydraulic resources, structures, transportation, mining engineering, renewable energy, geotechnics); systems engineering (computational sciences, cyber security, software engineering); mechanical engineering (computer assisted mechanical design, renewable energy and energy efficiency, materials science); chemical engineering (environmental engineering, biotechnology, water); agro-industrial engineering (food technology, agribusiness); agricultural engineering (agricultural production, vegetable protection, aquaculture, zootechnology, agrotechnology); forestry engineering (forest management and structuring, forest industries, agro-forestry for food security, silviculture). UNAH plans to open programs in biomedical engineering (electronic design, telemedicine).

UNAH also welcomes scholars and professionals in the following fields:
• The Faculty of Sciences would like to update the physics program, mainly in computational physics, and to develop research standards in economic, astronomical, fluid, chemical, solid state and metallurgical physics.
• The Faculty of Economic, Administrative and Accounting Sciences would like to create an office for promotion of exports for micro, small and medium enterprises, including the technical study and project implementation for its creation. They also seek to further develop the undergraduate programs in international marketing, business data processing and economics. Finally, one objective is to bolster the post-graduate programs in computer science management and telecommunications management.
• UNAH seeks to strengthen undergraduate and post-graduate programs in sociology and public policy, focusing on contemporary sociology, social change and development and political economics and critical thinking.

Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazan (UPNFM)
UPNFM welcomes support for undergraduate programs in natural sciences, math, commercial, technical industry, food technology, food and nutritional security, preschool and special education, educational advising and counseling, education management and administration, social sciences, humanities, language education and physical education. Other strategic areas are post graduate programs in education management, curricula, human rights education, educational math, natural sciences, technological education, administrative and financial management, gender studies, educational research, geography, physical education, languages (Spanish, French and English) and library sciences. UPNFM has defined five areas for research: national education system, teacher education, education management and quality of education and the university.

Universidad Nacional de Agricultura (UNAG)
UNAG seeks support in statistics and creating experimental designs for research in agronomy, food technology, natural resources, veterinary medicine and agribusiness management. The veterinary medicine program is new to the university, so they are looking for experienced professionals in image diagnostics (radiology, ultrasound, others), care and surgery of bovines, equines, cats, dogs and wild species.

Universidad Politécnica de Ingeniería (UPI)
• UPI welcomes scholars and professionals to teach and enhance the undergraduate programs in civil engineering, computer and communication technologies engineering, environmental engineering, financial engineering, industrial design engineering, and surveying and registration.
• UPI plans to implement new programs in motion picture and television engineering and renewable energy engineering, as well as associate programs in financial information technology and graphic design.
• For Masters programs, UPI seeks support in environmental and sanitary engineering and in mining management.
• For certificate programs, UPI seeks support in design, development and implementation of programs in social entrepreneurship and scientific research.
• As support for all programs, UPI has projects in applied linguistics (teaching of English as a second language) and library sciences.
• Scholars are welcome to advise in student counseling and well-being and in the university’s student-run radio station.

Universidad Católica de Honduras (UNICAH)
• UNICAH seeks support in establishing a new post-graduate program in the fields of computer science engineering (hardware and software technologies, mobile programming, information systems auditing and security). They are looking to develop a new post-graduate program in industrial engineering.
• UNICAH aims to implement masters programs in management, international business and social responsibility. Additionally expertise is sought on curricular design for a Ph.D. program in psychology as well as certificate programs in research methodology and multivariate statistics.

Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (UNITEC)
UNITEC welcomes scholars and professionals in:

• Curriculum design based on competencies for development of new academic programs or reform/update existing programs.
• Entrepreneurship: review current content, contribute to design and creation of business incubator and a financial product for new enterprises.
• Immigration studies: to collaborate in study of Honduran immigration to the United States.
• Social protection systems: to collaborate in creating a comprehensive social protection system for Honduras.
• Telecommunications engineering
• Biomedical engineering
• University outreach and university social responsibility
• Economics and Enterprise Ph.D. program (teach)
• Communications Management Masters program (teach)
• Public / global health with specialization in mental health or occupational health education and promotion

Escuela Agricola Panamericana - Zamorano
The Panamerican Agricultural School in the Zamorano Valley of Honduras is host to an international faculty and student body. Zamorano welcomes professionals and scholars to teach undergraduate courses, to impart seminars for students and faculty, assist in curricular development, to advise students, and to combine teaching a seminar with own or collaborative research under the teaching / research option. Specific areas of interest are:

• Environmental management
• Sustainable local development
• Climate change adaptation
• Disaster risk reduction
• Indigenous leadership
• Women leadership
• Forest exploitation
• Agricultural sciences and animal production
• Agribusiness administration
• Human nutrition and food security
• Audits of renewable energy
• Research and research support - conduct research in any area of interest of the university; collaborative research and publication with local scholars is also encouraged; research the current senior capstone project process and assist in revising the process and conducting workshops with faculty.
• Curriculum, instruction and assessment - deliver lectures, seminars or workshops to professors and assist in curriculum development in any area; advise and train faculty regarding appropriate, techniques teaching and assessment techniques at the course, program, and institutional level; advise the curriculum mainstreaming oriented issues such as climate change, university social responsibility, sustainability of production processes, among others aimed at local socioeconomic development.
• Psychology, social work, student services - to conduct research projects regarding students’ holistic development through a curricular component focused on personal formation, leadership and values; organize and offer workshops, focus groups, and other activities as necessary; conduct research, conferences, workshops, or other necessary activities to issues of vocational guidance, student counseling and academic support to students.

Universidad Tecnológica de Honduras (UTH)
Universidad Tecnológica de Honduras currently has eight campuses. UTH welcomes scholars and professionals to support the following programs:
• Undergraduate: marketing, business management, public relations, industrial relations, international commerce, tourism, law, finance, accounting, information systems engineering, industrial production engineering, electronics engineering, commercial engineering, textile engineering.
• Masters: human resources, finance, commerce and marketing, international commerce, tourism, transportation, business management, financial direction, penal law, civil law.
• Doctorate: management administration.

Universidad Nacional de Ciencias Forestales (UNACIFOR)
The National University of Forestry Sciences is located in Siguatepeque, Comayagua. It is a public institution focused on training students in conservation and sustainable management of forest ecosystems in Honduras and Latin America. UNACIFOR manages a couple of experimental stations in the Department of Comayagua and the Lancetilla Botanical Garden in Tela, Atlantida. UNACIFOR's offers degrees in forestry technician, forestry engineering and a Masters in Community Forestry. UNACIFOR has a strong focus on research.

Special Features

The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa can assist in locating a furnished apartment in a secure neighborhood. The National Agricultural University, the Panamerican Agricultural School at El Zamorano and the National Forestry University in Siguatepeque have housing facilities on campus.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is optional.
Language Proficiency Requirements
Recommended (Intermediate): Spanish
Required Proficiency

Applicants are encouraged to register qualified language evaluator, such as a language instructor or a translator, to conduct the external assessment in the application. Being a native speaker alone does not qualify an individual to conduct the assessment.

Applicants who are native speakers do not need to complete an external evaluation.

Required Proficiency
Required Languages
Additional Language Requirement

Spanish language fluency is preferred, but conversational Spanish may be acceptable in technical fields.

Additional Qualification Information

Ph.D. is preferred, but applicants with a master's degree and three to five years of teaching experience (for Teaching awards) will be considered.

Additional Comments

Interested candidates should review the U.S. Department of State's country information and travel warning. The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa can suggest contacts and  can assist in arranging affiliation with a Honduran institution of higher education. Inquiries may be directed to Public Engagement Specialist Gabriela Galvez.

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 grantee only. Dependent travel will not be provided.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$1,000 books and educational materials allowance will be provided 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.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The academic calendar varies from one institution to another but most academic terms run from late January to early December. Most institutions operate on a trimester system of approximately 13-14 weeks. For teaching/research projects, candidates should plan for a 60/40 ratio between teaching and research. 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. Final approval of Flex grants will be contingent upon available funding.

Cases of the Zika virus have been reported in the Western Hemisphere. 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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