Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September, 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics
Mid-Career Academics
Senior Academics

Number of recipients

Up To
Award Start Period
October 2023
May 2024
Award Length
3 months
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 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
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

Applicants can apply for research only, teaching only grants, or research/teaching combined grants.

For teaching grants, applicants will be asked to teach elective undergraduate or graduate courses in area of specialization; advise graduate students and consult on curriculum development. For combined teaching and research grants, there is no preference as to how your time is split between these activities.

Grantees will have the opportunity to pursue their own research interests.

Award must be undertaken at one of the following institutions
Award Length and Period

Three months to nine months. For Flex grants, see Flex Option section.

One semester grants must begin in either October 2023 or February 2024; two semester grants must begin in October 2023. Flex grants must be completed by September 30, 2025.

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
Special Features

Scholars selected for this grant will be required to attend a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation in Summer 2023.

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

For more information on potential host institutions, please contact:

Ms. Branka Janda-Markovic, Head of International Relations Office, University of Belgrade at branka.janda.markovic@rect.bg.ac.rs.

Ms. Olivera Mijatovic, International Relations Officer, University of Kragujevac at olivera.mijatovic@kg.ac.rs

Ms. Jelena Civljak, International Relations Officer, University of Nis at civljak@ni.ac.rs

Ms. Ivana Vujkov, International Relations Officer, University of Novi Sad at ivana.vujkov@uns.ac.rs

Ms. Jasmina Milovanovic, International Relations Officer, University of Arts in Belgrade at jasmina.milovanovic@arts.bg.ac.rs

Vukica Stankovic, Public Engagement Specialist, U.S. Embassy in Belgrade via email at BelgradeFulbright@state.gov

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. Host institutions will provide interpreters, as necessary.

For research, language proficiency sufficient to complete the proposed project is required. For applicants without local language proficiency, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.

Additional Qualification Information

Applicants with a Ph.D. who are at least at the assistant professor level are preferred, but professionals with at least three years of university teaching experience are also encouraged to apply.

Additional Comments

The academic year in Serbia runs from October through June, consisting of two semesters: the first semester is from October 1 to January 20, and the second semester is from February 1 to June 30.


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. 

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$1,500 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 dependents. These amounts range from $150/month to $300/month.

In addition, travel allowances are provided for dependents: $2,000 for one dependent, and $4,000 for two or more 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.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Located in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula in Central Southeastern Europe, Serbia was once the political and cultural center of Yugoslavia. Some 80 percent of the country’s population of more than 7.1 million inhabitants are ethnic Serbs, while the 20 other resident nationalities include Hungarians, Bosnians, Roma, Croats, Albanians, Slovaks, Vlachs, Romanians and Bulgarians. The main religion is Orthodox Christianity; the language is Serbian; and official alphabets are Cyrillic and Latin. The literacy rate is 96 percent. Belgrade (Beograd) is the capital city with 1.6 million inhabitants.

Higher education in Serbia includes university education (faculties and art academies) and non-university education (post-secondary schools) where courses last from two to three years. There are six public universities in Serbia (with 75 faculties), and nine private universities (with 67 faculties) with a total country-wide student population of approximately 250,000. The state universities include University of Belgrade, University of Novi Sad, University of Nis, University of Kragujevac, University of Arts in Belgrade and State University of Novi Pazar. Private universities and faculties in Serbia include Metropolitan University, Alpha University, Megatrend University, Singidunum University, Educons University, Union, University Privredna akademija, International University of Novi Pazar and European University. According to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, there are 56 scientific institutions which are completely independent from universities and predominantly engaged in research. The scientific institutes are not directly involved in education. Since 2000, Serbian higher education institutions have adopted European reforms and harmonization, known as the Bologna Process. Considerable reforms have been launched since Serbia signed the Bologna declaration in 2003.

Further development of Serbia’s higher educational system is a primary Fulbright Program goal, bringing with it human resources development and economic growth. Through the Fulbright Program, U.S. Scholars establish contacts with Serbian universities and promote potential cooperation beneficial to both sides. Fulbright administrators would like to see U.S. lecturers and researchers interested in working outside of Belgrade, especially in cities in the south of Serbia such as Nis, Kragujevac and Novi Pazar. The Program is open to a diverse array of academic disciplines. While historically there has been an emphasis on the fields of economics, law, American studies and English language, candidates in the STEM fields are also very desirable. Serbia has undergone a unique series of political, economic, social and cultural changes over the last three decades that make the country a veritable laboratory for studying this kind of dramatic transformation. Grantees have many wonderful opportunities to contribute their expertise to this transition.

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