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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.
Teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses is a requirement. The scholar may be asked to assist with student advising and curriculum development and collaborate in research projects. Applicants wishing to undertake Teaching/Research grants should dedicate at least 30% of their grant activity to teaching.
For Flex grants, see Flex Option box.
Scholars selected for this grant will be required to attend a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation in Summer 2024.
• American University of Armenia, Yerevan
• Yerevan State University, Yerevan
• Yerevan State Medical University, Yerevan
• Armenian State University of Economics, Yerevan
• Yerevan Brusov State University, Yerevan
• Armenian Pedagogical University, Yerevan
• Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, Yerevan
• Armenian State University of Architecture and Construction, Yerevan
• National Polytechnic University of Armenia, Yerevan
The U.S. Embassy will also consider placements at other Yerevan or regional universities, depending on the proposed scope of work and regional matching possibilities.
Three months to 12 months. For Flex grants, see Flex Option.
September 2023 or late January 2024 for one-semester grants; September 2023 for academic-year grants.
Flex awards are offered for teaching and teaching/research grants. For Flex options, Post will allow for a grant segment to be conducted in summer months if the scope of work is feasible for those months.
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.
The host university will assist scholars with housing by providing contacts of local real estate agent(s) and by providing advice on the pre-selection or related questions. Scholars are normally asked to stay at a hotel for two to three days to choose an apartment from their pre-selected two or three. The apartments will be fully furnished, usually with a washing machine, a gas stove and an electric or gas heater. The Embassy can recommend a real estate agent who has worked with Fulbright fellows in the past, however, scholars will need to bear the related fees.
Please note: Housing for families with pets is in short supply and tends to be more expensive. Many 5-story buildings do not have elevators.
The U.S. Embassy encourages applicants to reach out to their potential host institutions with their projects and to solicit invitation letters. If that is not possible, the U.S. Embassy will still consider the application and will find an appropriate placement.
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.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or the appropriate terminal degree and have at least five years of teaching experience at the university level or the professional equivalent.
The U.S. Embassy in Armenia: https://am.usembassy.gov/
The U.S. Government travel relevant website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html
Grant benefits include a monthly maintenance allowance, comprised of a base stipend and living and housing allowances. The base stipend varies based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent). Living and housing allowances vary based on the city of placement, and the number of accompanying dependents. Dependent housing and living allowances will not be provided to Flex grantees.
For Flex grants: round trip travel will be included for each segment of the grant for the grantee.
$1,000 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 living and housing allowance is provided for grantees with one accompanying dependent or two or more accompanying dependents. These amounts range from $250/month to $400/month.
In addition, travel allowances are provided for dependents: $2,500 for one dependent and $5,000 for two or more dependents.
Reimbursement for dependent education expenses may be available on a limited basis, depending on funding availability and grant duration. Grantees should confirm with IIE that proposed expenses meet eligibility criteria; however, availability of funds may not be known until the end of the academic year.
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.
Armenia enjoys a unique geopolitical location; it borders Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran, which makes the country a fascinating place for regional studies across disciplines. There is interest in joint research and publications and, under certain conditions, interested scholars can travel in the region. In some cases, the U.S. Embassy may be able to provide support to Scholars who wish to serve as guest speakers in Georgia and Azerbaijan in addition to their grant activities in Armenia.
Armenians greatly value higher education. Armenia has a 99% literacy rate, and a high percentage of high school students go to universities. Quality higher education is outlined as one of the government’s strategic goals for economic development. Armenians are hospitable people and have positive attitudes towards Americans. Yerevan, the capital, is a safe city with a charming, pedestrian-friendly downtown area. The country is small and there are plenty of opportunities to travel and lecture at different universities and American Corners throughout the country.
In spring 2018 Armenia went through a major transition of power labeled by many as a velvet revolution. Armenia is firmly going through major reforms fighting corruption and making tangible steps towards strengthening democratic institutions and processes in the country. Here are some links to the articles from international news outlets: https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/11/07/armenias-democratic-dreams/; https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/10/15/the-counterrevolution-is-coming-to-armenia; https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43948181. In fall 2020 a violent conflict broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno Karabakh, which left over 5,000 dead on both sides and resulted in redesigning the borders, especially in the southern part of Armenia. At the moment, travelling to the territories bordering Azerbaijan is not recommended due to the lack of security. Articles in English can be found here: https://www.civilnet.am/news/2020/12/20/Uncertainty-Looms-Over-the-New-A... or https://www.civilnet.am/en/.
For travel to Armenia and COVID-related details about Armenia please follow this link. There is the potential for armed conflict near the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. For more information about the situation on the ground please follow this link: Armenia Travel Advisory (state.gov)
The academic year runs from September through June with a long break for the holidays and exams from mid-late December through January. Grantees with academic-year grants are expected to remain in country, engaged in Fulbright-related activities such as guest lectures, consultations, etc., for all but approximately two weeks of that period.
The U.S. Embassy Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) will confirm affiliation and placement of Fulbright U.S. Scholars. Applicants may email Ms. Hasmik Mikayelyan, Cultural/Education Specialist, at email@example.com for more information about awards or university placement.
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In addition to their duties at the host institution, grantees are usually asked to deliver guest lectures at other institutions and/or American Corners and U.S. Embassy-initiated events. Grantees may also be asked to serve on the U.S. Government exchange program selection committees, if time permits.
In addition to the universities listed in the Locations box, other Armenian universities can also be considered as possible host institutions. For further information on potential host institutions or details on specific discipline interests, applicants should contact Hasmik Mikayelyan, Cultural/Education Specialist at the U.S. Embassy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.