Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Award Code
Activity Type
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 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
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
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

Up To
Award Start Period
September 2023 or February 2024
Award Length
4.5 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 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

Conduct research in any discipline. Scholars may have the opportunity to give lectures at their host institution and other institutions as a guest speaker to share their experiences in their field. They may also have the chance to lead and participate in workshops, seminars, and other collaborative activities.

Locations Detail

Grantees can conduct their projects at public or foundation universities, research centers, organizations or at any other relevant institutions. Their institutional affiliations are subject to the approval of the Turkish Fulbright Commission. 

Award Length and Period

4.5 to 9 months

One-semester grants must begin in September 2023 or February 2024; two-semester grants must begin in September 2023.


Areas of Interest

Applications are sought in all disciplines and their relevant sub-fields.

Special Features

The Turkish Fulbright Commission provides help and guidance to the grantees in finding housing. Grantees arrange their own housing and can always contact the American Programs Officer at the Turkish Fulbright Commission for advice.

If housing is not provided by the host institution, grantee will receive an allowance of up to $560/month. However, grantees based in Istanbul will receive an allowance of up to $585/month. 

Please note that the actual amount will vary according to the grantee’s rental agreement. 

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

A letter of invitation is not required at the time of the application; however, candidates will be required to submit a valid letter when they receive the award.

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

Turkish language proficiency commensurate with the project can be helpful, but it is not required.

Additional Qualification Information

Applicants should be established scholars or professionals in their area of specialization. Professionals and artists with less than seven years’ experience should apply to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Additional Comments

Candidates who do not have an affiliation will be assisted by the Turkish Fulbright Commission to arrange one.

Candidates should express clear reasoning for pursuing their proposed project in Turkey. They should have well-developed plans for projects that encourage collaboration and learning with host country partners. Ideally the candidate has plans to contribute academically, socially, and culturally to complete their projects.

Award Allowances

Senior Lecturers:

Maintenance Allowance: $2,240 (Other Cities); $2,340 (Istanbul)

Housing Allowance: $560 (Other Cities); $585 (Istanbul)

Subsistence Allowance: $840 (Other Cities); $875 (Istanbul)


Senior Researchers:

Maintenance Allowance: $1,680 (Other Cities); $1.755 (Istanbul)

Housing Allowance: $560 (Other Cities); $585 (Istanbul)

Subsistence Allowance: $840 (Other Cities); $875 (Istanbul)

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Round-trip airfare between the United States and city of assignment is provided for all grantees on a 4.5 month grant to a nine-month grant.

Dependents: Grantees may bring their dependents with them, but there are special criteria to be recognized as official dependents during their stay in the county. For grantees with nine-month awards, round-trip airfare between the United States and grantee’s city of assignment is also provided for one official dependent. However, official dependents must be in country for at least 80 percent of the grant period in order to qualify for the round-trip airfare benefit. Grants for less than a full academic year (nine-months) include airfare only for the grantee. In those cases, dependent airfare will not be provided.  

Grantees receive $750 as a one-time Settling-in (Relocation) Allowance.

Excess Baggage Allowance up to $250.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

Books and Incidentals Allowance up to $500.  

Additional Dependent Benefits

For an academic year award (nine months in length), tuition reimbursement for one accompanying school-age dependent (K-12) up to $20,000.

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

Housing: Housing may be provided by the host institution, but in these cases the grantee will be responsible for utilities which can be paid from their grant benefits. 
If housing is not provided by the host institution, the grantee will receive an allowance of up to $560/month. However, grantees based in Istanbul will receive an allowance of up to $585/month. 

Please note that the actual amount will vary according to the grantee’s rental agreement.

Turkish Language Allowance up to $500.   

Work and Residency Permit application fees are covered by the Turkish Fulbright Commission.

The costs associated with acquiring any official documentation required for the residency permit application, including valid health insurance in Turkey, are also covered by the Turkish Fulbright Commission.   

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 and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The grant period is from September 2023 to June 2024 and projects must begin either in the Fall or in the Spring semester. There are exceptions for the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award. 

These exceptions are:

  • Three-month grants can begin anytime between September 2023 and March 2024
  • 9+ month grants must begin in September 2023.
  • For grant periods more than 3 months and less than 9 months, the end of the grant period cannot be after June 2024.

All applications will be evaluated by a committee of scholars, not only for their academic and professional excellence, but also for their potential to increase mutual understanding between the United States and Turkey.  

Letters of invitation will be taken into account, for both teaching and research awards, but final decisions regarding scholar affiliations will be made by the Turkish Fulbright Commission. Candidates who do not have an affiliation will be assisted by the Turkish Fulbright Commission to arrange one.   

The academic year in Turkey consists of two semesters: September to January and February to June, with the exception of a few universities where Fall semester is from October to December and Spring semester is from January to May. Candidates can obtain detailed information about the Turkish education system by visiting the website of the Fulbright Commission in Turkey. For a list of universities in Turkey, please also see this website.

An Orientation Program Meeting in Ankara is held for grantees in late September before the academic year starts in Turkey. The Orientation Meeting consists of a variety of activities including lectures on Turkish culture, recent political developments in the country, as well as cultural activities. In addition, a Mid-Year Evaluation Meeting is organized to evaluate the grantees’ work and discuss their progress with their research projects. The End of Year Meeting is held towards the end of the academic year to allow grantees to share their academic and cultural experiences in Turkey and to evaluate their overall Fulbright experience. 

Depending on the timing during the academic year and the teaching and research responsibilities of the grantee, grantees may also attend conferences organized by other Fulbright commissions.

  • If a grantee wants to participate in the annual Fulbright Berlin Seminar held by the German-American Fulbright Commission, the Turkish Fulbright Commission provides support.
  • Grantees also have the option to contact their colleagues in Europe through the Fulbright Inter-Country Travel Grant Program, supported by various Fulbright commissions in Europe. If invited to participate in this program, associated costs are often paid by the inviting institutions and Commissions.

Prospective candidates are also encouraged to visit the Turkish Fulbright Commission’s YouTube channel where they can find videos with former grantee experiences and testimonials.

Candidates who are interested in applying for a grant in Turkey can always contact Mr. Sahin KAYA, the American Programs Assistant at the Turkish Fulbright Commission, at amprog@fulbright.org.tr for further information.

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