Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Award Code
Activity Type
Professional Project
A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.
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) 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.
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

Award Start Period
September 2023 or January 2024
Award Length
5 months or 10 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose 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

Host institutions welcome scholars to teach or carry out a combination of teaching and/or research activities. Teaching activities will include undergraduate courses, student advising, faculty training and curriculum development.   

Locations Detail
Award Length and Period

Teaching components must correspond with the length of the academic semester. The academic year is between September and May. One-semester proposals start in September or February. The calendar may be adjusted around Islamic holidays.  

Special Features

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) will sign an agreement with the grantee including details of benefits. 

During their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region may apply for a short-term regional travel grant (five to 14 days) for participation in a variety of activities including faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, conferences, or some combination thereof.

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 should not be sought.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

For scholars hosted by Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), the institution must meet and sign an agreement with the grantee.

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

For research components without Arabic language proficiency, feasibility of conducting research in English must be demonstrated in the proposal.  

If Arabic is needed to conduct the research, the language proficiency evaluation must be completed.  

For teaching, English proficiency is a requirement. Additional proficiency in Arabic is preferred and recommended for teaching in certain disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. 

Additional Qualification Information

Ph.D. and at least three years of postdoctoral teaching and research experience are required. Practicing professionals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree with higher education teaching experience will be considered. Experience in teaching first year students and with initiatives for improving students’ attrition is preferred. Experience with embedding technologies in the classroom and offering online courses is also preferred. 

Additional Comments



Researcher and Professional Project Monthly Allowances
Teaching or Teaching/Research Award Monthly Allowances
Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

$1,550 for relocation, in-transit, and excess baggage fees.

Plus a round-trip, economy-class, international travel arranged by travel agent selected by IIE.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$750 books and educational materials allowance for teaching or teaching/research grants; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure.

$2000 research allowance for research-only grants. 

Additional Dependent Benefits

Additional living and housing (monthly) allowances are provided for grantees with one dependent or two or more dependents. These amounts range from $500/month to $1050/month.

Round-trip, economy-class, international travel is arranged by travel agent selected by IIE, for up to two dependents. 

Dependent tuition allowance for dependents in grades K-12 is provided on a reimbursement basis upon submission of reciepts, and based on the availability of funds. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only.

  • One semester grants: up to $5,000 per child, or $10,000 per two children.
  • Two semester grants: up to $10,000 per child, or $20,000 per two children.

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.

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.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The Fulbright Program in Qatar began in 1995 and supports both U.S. and Qatari scholars. The traditional U.S. Scholar Program is small but impactful, placing U.S. scholars primarily at Qatar University and more recently, Hamad bin Khalifa University. Qatar has positioned itself as a regional epicenter for research and teaching, which offers a unique opportunity for U.S. scholars interested in the Middle East region. Qatar has focused on developing its reputation for world-class education, research institutions, centers of cultural and artistic excellence, and global philanthropy. Qatar is rapidly preparing the entire country for hosting the 2022 World Cup.  

Qatar is considered as one of the safest countries in the world and both visitors and residents can experience the courteous and hospitable nature of Arab culture. The official language of the country is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood. Islam is the official religion of the country.  

The working week in Qatar is from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday (a sacred day of worship for Muslims) and usually Saturday being days off.  

Academic terms in Qatar are September through January and February through June. The Academic calendar is usually published at the Qatari official e-Government portal https://hukoomi.gov.qa/. This portal makes government information accessible to all citizens, residents, and visitors. Most of the portal’s pages and the websites of the ministries and other governmental websites are available in Arabic and English. 

Qatar’s population in October 2021 was 2,659,329, according to the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA). The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QAR). The exchange parity has been set at the fixed rate of USD1 = QAR3.64. Qatar has one of the fastest growing economies and the highest per capita income in the world. 

The country has a moderate desert climate with mild winters and hot summers. Humidity levels can be very high on the coast during the summer months. Most places such as shopping malls, restaurants and cinemas are air‐conditioned.  

Qatar has a good developing healthcare system that has been ranked in the world’s top five in terms of quality of care. All residents with a valid ID and residence permit, including expats, can access public healthcare in Qatar. Healthcare in Qatar is overseen by the Ministry of Public Health

The telecommunications system is currently being upgraded to an entirely fibre-optic network. Qatar was ranked among the top 3 in the world in terms of mobile internet speed in 2021, with an average download speed of 178 Mbps and an average upload speed of 30 Mbps. Learn more here

The country is served by Hamad International Airport (HIA). HIA is Qatar’s gateway to the world, and the home and hub of Qatar Airways, Qatar’s five-star airline. HIA serves over 360,000 flights and 30 million passengers every year. 

Metered taxis and limousines are easy to find and there is a comprehensive public transport system. Rideshare is also available. The Doha Metro is fully operational and has three lines (Red, Gold and Green) and 37 stations.  

Qatar University (QU) hosts ten colleges and offers the widest range of academic programs -- 48 Bachelors, 32 Masters, nine Ph.D. programs, four Diplomas, and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). Research is an integral part of the academic environment at QU and is bolstered by the Research Complex, and 17 research centers of excellence.  Read more about QU at http://www.qu.edu.qa/ 

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is a member of Qatar Foundation and is located within Education City. The university boasts three national research institutes, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), which were established in 2011 in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 to seek novel solutions to grand challenges facing Qatar and the region. Learn more about HBKU: https://www.hbku.edu.qa/ 

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