Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
13382-KG
Activity Type
Research
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/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.
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
3
Award Start Period
September 2023
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March 2024
Award Length
5 months
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10 months
Flex Option
Yes
Country
Kyrgyz Republic
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
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 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

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

Depending on specialization, scholars may conduct research, teach one to three courses, consult on curriculum development, advise students, direct theses, participate in faculty development, and give occasional lectures at other institutions or for the public.

For a teaching/research award, the ratio of these activities should be 50/50. As an example, this could mean teaching one course per semester that entails one or two in-class meetings with students per week. The rest of the time can be devoted to research.  

Locations Detail

Applicants are welcome to propose any appropriate institution, but they should remain flexible depending on need and local capacity. Affiliation will be identified by the U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Section (PAS).

Award Length and Period

Five to 10 months; For Flex grants, see Flex Option section.

One-semester grants may begin in September 2023 or January 2024; two-semester grants must begin in September 2023. Flex grants must be completed by September 30, 2024.

Flex Description

Flex grant parameters:

• Minimum length of the total grant is four months and the maximum is six months;

• Minimum length for any grant segment is one month and the maximum is three months;

• Two or three grant segments may be spread over one or two consecutive years; and

• Flex awards are offered for research grants.

For more information, please see the Fulbright Flex Award webpage.

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
No
SEGMENTS MAY BE PROPOSED FOR Up to a 2 year PERIOD
2 or 3 Segments MAY BE PROPOSED
MAXIMUM LENGTH OF THE TOTAL GRANT IS 6 MONTH(S)
MINIMUM LENGTH OF THE TOTAL GRANT IS 4 MONTH(S)
Special Features

South and Central Asia Fulbright Regional Travel Grant: During their grant period, Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia (SCA) region may apply for a regional travel grant to engage in a variety of activities at academic institutions or non-profit organizations in eligible SCA countries (Bangladesh, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Republic of the Maldives, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).  Activities that U.S Scholars may engage in include: faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, conferences, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, or some combination thereof. Scholars in the arts may be invited to give master classes or recitals, participate in exhibitions or workshops, or consult with cultural institutions. Activities may not include research. This grant will cover travel to and from the destination and lodging may be offered by the hosting institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once in-country on their Fulbright grant. As funds are limited, Scholars are limited to one such travel grant.

Before traveling to another country on a Regional Travel Grant, it is important to confirm trip details with the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section or Fulbright Commission in that country.

Please note: The 2023-24 Fulbright Regional Travel Program will be dependent on global travel conditions. More information will be provided prior to grant departure.  

  

South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference

With funding provided by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India) invites eligible Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia region to attend the annual South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference in India (usually held in February or March). The conference is an opportunity for current Fulbright U.S. Scholars who are on their Fulbright grants in the SCA region at the time of the conference to gather to discuss each other’s work and educational exchange issues and to invite suggestions for the future development and enhancement of the Fulbright Program. Financial assistance to attend the conference is provided as an additional Fulbright grant benefit.

Please note: The 2023-24 South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference will be dependent on global travel conditions. More information will be provided prior to grant departure.  

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

The U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Section (PAS) will make institutional assignments based on the best and most appropriate match between the expertise of the grantees and the needs of prospective host institutions. An invitation letter may help facilitate placement at that institution, but is not a guarantee of final placement. PAS will decide on the final affiliation. Local institutions must have the capacity to support the work visa of the applicant, which can be administratively cumbersome.

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

All teaching will be in English; proficiency in a local language is preferred, but not required. Host universities will assist in supplying interpreters if needed.

For research projects, language proficiency sufficient to complete the research project is preferred; teaching/research and research applicants are encouraged to submit a language proficiency evaluation. For applicants without local language proficiency, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.

Additional Qualification Information

Ph.D. or terminal degree preferred, but not required. Applications from early and mid-career academics with at least three years of university-level teaching experience, faculty from community colleges and four-year colleges as well as senior academics, scholars, and retired faculty are welcome. Candidates expecting to teach at the university level should bring an original or certified copy of their diploma.

Additional Comments

The host institution will provide assistance in finding housing. Additionally, there are a number of resources the U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Section (PAS) can provide that advertise adequate housing for rent.

Award Allowances

Stipends are calculated within this range based on a number of factors including a participant’s grant activity, location in the host country, number of dependents, and home institution position.

Researcher and Professional Project Monthly Allowances
$3750
$3875
Teaching or Teaching/Research Award Monthly Allowances
$4520
$4865
Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Round-trip, Fly America Act compliant international travel for the grantee will be arranged by an agency designated by IIE.

Additional Travel and Relocation Allowances will range from $3,550.00 - $3,750.00

Flex grants: Round-trip travel for each segment of the grant. Dependent travel will not be provided.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$1,500 Book and educational materials allowance for Teaching Awards. All materials purchased with the allowance are expected to be donated to the host institution (or other in-country entity) upon grantee's departure.

$1,000 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 $230/month to $530/month.

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

A dependent education reimbursement allowance is provided ranging from up to $6,000 to up to $24,000 depending on the number of dependents and length of the grant. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only, and is dependent on funding availability.

Flex grants: dependent tuition allowance will not be provided.

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

South and Central Asia Fulbright Regional Travel Grant: During their grant period, Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia (SCA) region may apply for a regional travel grant to engage in a variety of activities at academic institutions or non-profit organizations in eligible SCA countries (Bangladesh, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Republic of the Maldives, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).  Activities that U.S Scholars may engage in include: faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, conferences, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, or some combination thereof. Scholars in the arts may be invited to give master classes or recitals, participate in exhibitions or workshops, or consult with cultural institutions. Activities may not include research. This grant will cover travel to and from the destination and lodging may be offered by the hosting institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once in-country on their Fulbright grant. As funds are limited, Scholars are limited to one such travel grant.

Before traveling to another country on a Regional Travel Grant, it is important to confirm trip details with the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section or Fulbright Commission in that country.

Please note: The 2023-24 Fulbright Regional Travel Program will be dependent on global travel conditions. More information will be provided prior to grant departure.  

South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference

See "Special Features" section in the Award Details tab for more information.

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.

Kyrgyz Republic

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The Kyrgyz Republic, sometimes called the "Switzerland of Asia," is one of five independent states in Central Asia. Its citizens have worked to build an open and democratic society, exemplified by a peaceful transfer of power between presidents in December 2011 and October 2017. A country slightly smaller than South Dakota, the Kyrgyz Republic shares common borders with China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It is known for its unique felt crafts, traditional oral legends, and rich natural history consisting of mountainous regions, the world’s largest natural-growth walnut forest, as well as a number of endangered species, including the snow leopard and Marco Polo sheep. The Kyrgyz Republic hosted the Third World Nomad Games in 2018, a celebration of nomadic heritage that gathers artists, athletes, and visitors from around the world to compete in traditional nomadic games such as horse wrestling, kok boru, and horseback archery.

There are 65 higher education institutes in the Kyrgyz Republic: 32 public and 33 private institutions. Private higher education institutions have increased their role and students' enrollment is increasing due to better quality education. Universities are increasingly interested in Fulbright Scholars who can teach, though Universities offer many research opportunities for scholars interested in Central Asian studies, particularly elements of traditional Kyrgyz culture, including literature, music, history, Kyrgyz and Russian linguistic studies, and post-Soviet politics. While Universities in Bishkek and the southern city of Osh welcome scholars from all disciplines, they recently started to express particular interest in scholars focused on Engineering and Robotics; Computer Science and Information Technology; Instructional Design; Agricultural and Food Security; and Geology and Environmental Science. Likewise, scholars will find their teaching skills in high demand at universities in the following disciplines: Film, Creative Writing, Journalism, and Education. With the small but burgeoning tech industry in the Kyrgyz Republic, university leadership has turned their focus to STEM fields. The mountainous landscape provides an exceptional platform for research and collaboration with Kyrgyz scholars and institutions. Scholars in Business Administration and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields will find themselves in the Kyrgyz Republic during a unique moment in their shift to internationalization of universities and to seeking more international collaborations to strengthen their entrepreneurial and scientific work.

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