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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.
Teach in any academic or professional discipline and advise on curriculum development for all proposed projects. Pursue independent or collaborative research as desired. For Teaching/Research projects, candidates should plan a 50/50 ratio of teaching to research. For the Teaching only awards, the expected commitment is 2-3 classes per semester.
Public and private universities, community colleges, government agencies, and non-profits.
Four to nine months; for Flex awards see Flex description
One-semester grants must begin in either August 2023 or January 2024; two-semester grants must begin in August 2023.
All Scholars to the Dominican Republic are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which typically takes place in late June, prior to beginning their Fulbright grant.
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.
Additional areas of interest (non-exhaustive, all disciplines welcomed): Disaster Preparedness, Climate Change, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, Clean Energy, Environment, Crime Reduction, Youth Empowerment, Governance, Transparency and Corruption, Natural Resource Degradation, International Trade, Transparency and Anti-Corruption, Cyber Security, Human Rights, Higher Education, Literacy, Teacher Training, Education: in STEM, at the primary and secondary level, and vocational.
Please see "additional comments" section for a non-exhaustive list of university contacts.
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.
Preference for applicants with a Ph.D/terminal degree and three years of teaching experience. A master's degree is acceptable with five to seven years of teaching experience.
Research Scholars should have a Ph.D/terminal degree and five years research experience.
Professionals and/or Artists outside of academia should have at least seven years of experience in their field of expertise if they do not hold a terminal degree.
Helpful e-mail addresses for Dominican higher education institutions and information on some of their related areas of interest (please note: this is not an exhaustive list and applicants may affiliate with institutions not listed here):
• Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, (PUCMM): Caribbean studies, urban planning, finance, biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, linguistics, education, evaluation and curriculum development. Contact Vice Chancellor Dr. Kiero Guerra or International Relations Director José Miguel Hernández at email@example.com.
• Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD): Arts, humanities, social sciences (including political science, economics, sociology and psychology), education, natural disaster mitigation, sciences (to include botany, biology, chemistry, physics and zoology). Contact Rocio Billini.
• Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE): Arbovirosis, mental health, non-communicable diseases: diabetes and cardiovascular, HIV, HPV, Transgender health, literacy, neurocognition and poverty, gender, ethnic identity and gender, gender violence assistance, prosthodontics, cardiology, dental bio-materials, autism, green roofs, teaching of mathematics. Contact Dra. Aída Mencía-Ripley.
• Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC}: Renewable energy, technology and telecommunications, physics, business, tourism development, engineering and environmental sciences. Contact Maria Luisa Ferrand.
• Instituto Tecnico Superior Comunitario (ITSC): Community college development and training for faculty, arts (interior design, fashion design, event production, furniture design and production), electromechanics (electricity, automotive mechanics, refrigeration, electronics) logistics and manufacturing, health (clinical simulations) and English training for community college professors. Contact: Academic Vice Chancellor Maria Corporan at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Instituto Tecnológico de las Américas (ITLA): Technology and English language. Contact: Head of the International Relations Department, Camila Michele Alcantara, email@example.com or Nicole Méndez firstname.lastname@example.org, Assistant of the International Relations Department
- Universidad Abierta para Adultos (UAPA): Online Education and IT. Contact: International Relations: Raisa Hernandez, email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Universidad Agroforestal Fernando Arturo de Meriño (UAFAM): Climate Change, Clean Energy, Environment, Education and Sustainability. Contact:
Vicerrectoria de Planificación, Proyectos y Desarrollo; Eunice de Garcia, email@example.com
For Flex grants, round-trip travel will be included for each segment of the grant for the Scholar only. Dependent travel will not be provided for Flex Scholars.
$1,000 books and educational materials allowance 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 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 $600/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.
Renting a one-bedroom apartment in a modern building in Santo Domingo is approximately $1200-$1300 per month. Approximately $1000 per month should be budgeted for food and transportation expenses for a comfortable stay in the Dominican Republic.
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.
In the Dominican Republic, there is one public four-year university, the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, and several private universities that are also recommended for Fulbright grantees. In addition to working with universities, scholars may also affiliate with NGOs and other organizations. The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section can suggest possible affiliations and guide scholars to specified institutions. However, it is the responsibility of the grantee to finalize affiliation arrangements.
The academic year is August to December and January to May. Universities are open to receiving U.S. scholars to teach and also conduct research. Fields of special interest include agriculture, biology, education, environmental sciences, comparative law, consumer protection, computer science, economics, international business, political science, English language teaching, tourism and urban planning. Most universities are willing to support research in the areas of environmental studies, humanities, economics, agriculture, education, history, international business and marketing, arts, design and psychology. Applicants should be aware that the level of studies in mathematics and the hard sciences is not necessarily comparable to the level in the United States.
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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