Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) 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.
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
November 2023
December 2023
Award Length
9 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Advise and/or mentor students
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
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing

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 courses and conduct research in area of specialization. May also engage in any of the following activities: provide tutorials and thesis and dissertation advising; prepare doctoral students for research work and academic conferences; assist with conferences and curricular development 

Award must be undertaken at one of the following institutions
Locations Detail

University of Antananarivo

Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG)

Université Catholique de Madagascar

Ecole Superieure des Etudes Agronomiques

Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines (IHSM)

Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS)

Award Length and Period

The academic calendar typically runs from November 2023 to July 2024. 

Each department of an institution may have a different academic schedule.  

Areas of Interest

Applications are sought in all disciplines.

Applications in the following disciplines are especially encouraged: American culture and literature; business, economics, and entrepreneurship; education and linguistics; agronomy, agriculture, marine science, oceanography, fisheries, biology, life science, ecology, environmental sciences; and sustainable development, renewal energy, disaster risk management, and public health; public policy, public administration, and democracy and governance; and journalism, new media, and media management. 


Special Features

The academic year typically runs from November or December to July. An English language school, the American School of Antananarivo (K-12), is available for accompanying dependent school-aged children. 

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

The applicant should contact the head of the prospective host institution to request additional information on the potential assignments and other related details. The U.S. Embassy may be able to provide further information about the Fulbright program and living and working in Madagascar. Please contact the Cultural Specialist at raharijaf@state.gov.

Language Proficiency Requirements
Recommended (Intermediate): French
Qualified Language Eval Recommended

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

English is sufficient for lecturing at the English Department of the University of Antananarivo and Universite Catholique de Madagascar because their medium of instruction is English. However, for the other institutions, French will be necessary for conducting classroom or research assignments. If Scholar plans to affiliate with an institution that uses French as the main language of instructions, a Language Proficiency Evaluation is required. 

Additional Qualification Information

At least one or two years of postdoctoral university or college teaching experience is preferred.

Additional Comments



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

Round-trip, economy-class, international travel arranged by travel agent designated by IIE, for scholar and up to two accompanying dependents. A $2,850 allowance will be provided to cover the costs associated with relocation and excess baggage. 

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$1,000 books and educational materials allowance; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure. (For Teaching and Teaching/Research awards only.) $3,000 research allowance for Research Awards only.

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 $400/month to $700/month. 

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

Dependent education allowance of up to $12,500 per child or $25,000 per family for accompanying dependents in grades K-12 is reimbursed for a full academic year, upon submission of receipts, and depending on funding availability. Amount may be adjusted for shorter grant periods. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only.

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

When university housing is provided to Fulbright Scholars, grantees will receive a supplemental housing allowance for refurbishments, utilities, and other miscellaneous expenses that arise. The full housing allowance will not be provided to grantees if they elect to decline on-campus or university housing. 

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?

Madagascar is a developing island off the east coast of Africa with a population of approximately 26 million. In the early stages of the pandemic, Fulbright scholars had to curtail their programs and evacuate in compliance with health measures, but Fulbright scholars returned in November 2021.  With the official limited re-opening of international borders, Madagascar has carefully resumed collaborating with approved scholars in partnership with local academic institutions in varied fields.  

The United States is currently one of the largest bilateral donors to Madagascar; health programming and disaster assistance for the drought-stricken south are the largest U.S. assistance programs.  With the 2018 peaceful presidential elections and the ensuing re-engagement with the Government of Madagascar, Post will continue to focus on the consolidation of Madagascar’s fragile democracy, intensified engagement on the environment and conservation, and expansion of English-language promotion efforts to support Madagascar’s economic growth and to create more opportunities for the country’s youth. Continuing to send Fulbright Scholars to Madagascar’s universities sends a clear signal of U.S. re-engagement with the country.

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