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.
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.
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
July 2023 - August 2023 or January 2024
Award Length
3 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

We are currently accepting applications for the 2023-2024 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program to Nicaragua. Due to the ongoing safety and public health situation in the country, the status of the Fulbright Program in Nicaragua may change, so please check in periodically with IIE before submitting your application. Final grants for 2023-2024 are contingent upon medical clearance, the availability of funds, and the health and safety situation in Nicaragua.

Priority will be given to candidates who plan to teach senior undergraduate or graduate courses in the area of specialization.  Candidates can also plan to conduct independent or collaborative research or to combine both activities in the scholar’s area of specialization. For combined teaching and research projects, the scholar should plan for a 60/40 ratio of teaching to research. The scholar may also plan to consult on their specific topic and participate in regional seminars.

Location Selection: Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Applicants may arrange host institution affiliation from among Nicaraguan universities, research centers or institutions. Final approval and determination of eligibility of institution will depend on the institution's standing and prior records.

Please contact the Embassy in Managua by email (PASManagua@state.gov) prior to submitting your application to determine which location and host institution may be most appropriate given your area of specialization.

Award Length and Period

Grant start dates coordinated based on the Nicaraguan academic calendar.  For example, four-month grants may begin at the end of July 2023. Nine-month grants may begin in late January 2024. For Flex grants, see the Flex Option section.

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

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
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 required.
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

Advanced Spanish is preferred. English may be acceptable in some fields if indicated by the host institution in the invitation letter.

Additional Qualification Information

A Ph.D. is preferred, but a master’s degree with at least three years of teaching experience will be considered.  Professionals outside of academia will be considered; baseline requirements for those candidates include a bachelor's degree in their field of specialization and a minimum of seven years experience in the field.

Additional Comments

Applicants seeking contacts in Nicaragua may contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy. Please direct inquiries to PASManagua@state.gov or Donald Ugarte, Cultural Specialist. 

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. Applicant must indicate in the project statement if he or she will need a travel allowance for any segment(s). Dependent travel will not be provided.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$1,000 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 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?

Nicaragua offers opportunities for dedicated and flexible scholars who want to be change-makers and positively impact the lives of their students and university colleagues. Nicaraguan academia values the contributions of U.S. Fulbright scholars and is generally eager to collaborate with scholars and institutions to take advantage of the knowledge and skills in substantive and administrative areas. Currently, however, Nicaragua is experiencing a socio-political crisis that has had a negative impact on university operations, enrollment, and citizen security.  The crisis that began in April 2018 caused a decline in student enrollment and an elimination of many university positions. Currently, university operations are irregular and sometimes limited and public universities are highly politicized and under government scrutiny.  While there may be limitations in working with public universities, the possibility to work with subsidized and private universities exists. 

The academic year in Nicaragua varies from one institution to another, generally spanning from the beginning/middle of February to early December with a one-month break in July. Candidates should plan to concentrate on teaching and engaging in research or other activities, such as consulting or participating in seminars.

Short-term Flex grants for teaching, research, or teaching/research for one- to two-month segments over one or two consecutive years are available. Final approval of Flex grants will be contingent upon available funding.

COVID-19 has caused several waves of infection, with many casualties, and limited medical attention opportunities for the general population. Additionally, 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.

Note: The situation in Nicaragua is fluid and insecure, but proposals for Fulbright grants from scholars at all levels of their careers will still be considered.  While we will accept applications for the 2023-2024 academic year, please note that we may not be able to execute the program depending on the situation in-country at that time. 

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