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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.
Conduct research and/or teach in any discipline. Conduct faculty training or in-service teacher training as requested. Teaching load is a maximum of two courses at the undergraduate or graduate level.
For teaching/research projects, candidates should plan a 60/40 ratio of teaching to research.
Any institution in El Salvador, including but not limited to, universities, NGOs, research centers. Please see "helpful links" section for a non-exhaustive list of potential host institutions.
4 to 9 months total for non-Flex awards. 4 to 6 months total for Flex awards. (Please see the Flex Description section for additional details on Flex award parameters.)
Grants may begin no earlier than August 2023. Semester-long grants should begin in August 2023 or January 2024.
All Scholars to El Salvador 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.
All disciplines will be considered. Below is a list of particular disciplines that are specific to host institutions. This list is not exhaustive and projects are not limited to these disciplines.
UES Universidad de El Salvador: Particular interest in candidates in the fields of Anthropology, Computer Science, Distance Learning, Education, Entrepreneurship, and Literature.
Engineering: Teach at the undergraduate level, supervise graduate students and offer training to faculty in new trends in engineering. Universities with interest in engineering include Universidad Don Bosco (UDB) and Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA).
Applications are sought in the following specializations for UDB: electrical engineering, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, industrial engineering, computer engineering and robotics.
Applications are sought for UCA in the following: process engineering and environmental sciences, electronics and informatics, energy and fluidic science and structural mechanics. Universidad Catolica de El Salvador (UNICAES) is now developing a textiles undergraduate degree program.
Business Administration: Teach one to two courses in any area of business management, business development or entrepreneurship at the graduate or undergraduate level. Offer training to faculty on new trends in business education, business incubation, and trends in connecting university courses to what is needed in business. Universities with interest in this field include Universidad de El Salvador (UES), Escuela Superior de Economia y Negocio (ESEN), José Simeón Cañas - Central American University (UCA) Universidad Tecnologica (UTEC) and Technological Institute of Central America (ITCA).
Applicants are encouraged to contact the proposed host institution to discuss their proposed project.
Please note that applicants selected for an award (finalists) must receive final approval of the proposed host institution by the US Embassy.
Applicants without contacts in El Salvador may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance with establishing affiliations.
Applicants must 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.
Intermediate to Advanced Spanish is required. Teaching will be conducted in Spanish.
Applicants who do not have Spanish proficiency may be considered if the project does not require it and/or could be successful with an interpreter. Applicants with limited language proficiency must also submit the language evaluation.
Ph.D. is preferred, but master's degree with five years of teaching experience is acceptable.
Applicants without contacts in El Salvador may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance with affiliation. Inquiries may be directed to Fernando Herrera, Cultural Affairs Specialist. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential hosts.
For Flex grants: round trip travel will be included for each segment of the grant for the grantee only. Dependent travel will not be provided.
$1,000 books and educational materials allowance will be provided 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 $400/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.
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.
El Salvador faces many challenges, and while academia is no exception, opportunities for visiting scholars are everywhere, particularly in engineering, hard sciences, natural resources and business development.
While most universities favor the social sciences, and funding for research can be scarce, the country has a budding economy in renewable energy, and several good universities, including Universidad Don Bosco (UDB), have started academic programs in the field and would welcome collaboration with U.S. scholars. There is also a great need for technical and business development expertise, particularly in the area of entrepreneurship. The excellent private business university, ESEN, is doing work in these areas, as well as engineering, and would make a good potential host institution in those fields. While the University of El Salvador is the largest and only public university, institutional obstacles can make a successful placement there challenging.
The first semester of most universities is early January to mid-June, and the second semester is late June to early December. For teaching/research projects, candidates should plan a 60/40 teaching/research ratio. The U.S. Embassy in San Salvador will arrange or confirm affiliations for all grants. In some cases, requested grant lengths may be adjusted at the discretion of the Fulbright program.
Short-term Flex grants for teaching, research or teaching/research for one- to three-month segments over one or two consecutive years are available. Final approval of Flex grants will be contingent upon available funding.
Cases of the Zika virus have been reported in the Western Hemisphere. 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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