Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines


Application Deadline
Friday, September 15, 2023
Award Code
Activity Type
Professional Project
The Professional Project activity type provides professionals and artists in various fields the opportunity to interact with relevant organizations abroad to explore a topic related to their field without answering a defined research question. Professional Projects may include: professional consultations; artist residencies; visits to organizations in the applicant's field; practical experience in day-to-day operations; public lectures; mentoring; arranging exhibitions, performances or musical compilations; preparation of print materials (books, articles, or reviews); exchange of expertise with other professionals; participation in public events; or other appropriate professional activities.
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

Up To
Award Start Period
September 2024 or January 2025
Award Length
4 months - 9 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
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

Grantees will teach and/or conduct research in their areas of interest, in addition to consulting as needed. Detailed programs and work schedules can be finalized in cooperation with the scholar upon selection.  

Given the particular conditions that exist in Cyprus, scholars should be informed of the complicated political situation on the island in putting forward their proposals. All proposals must be feasible in terms of placement and affiliation.

Scholars selected for this grant will be required to attend a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation in Summer 2024.


Fulbright Scholar Amy Grant 


Location Selection: Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Approved hosting organizations for visa purposes include any of the accredited local higher educational institutions in the Republic, various state organizations, and others, including but not limited to:

  • Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI)
  • Cyprus University of Technology
  • University of Cyprus
  • CYENS Center of Excellence
  • The Cyprus Institute
  • Frederick University
  • Neapolis University
  • Open University
  • State General Laboratory
  • University of Central Lancashire-Cyprus campus
  • University of Nicosia



Award Length and Period

Four months to nine months. For Flex grants, see Flex Option box.

September 2024 or January 2025. Flex grants must be completed by September 30, 2026. Teaching components must correspond with the length of the academic semester, provide the typical structure of the academic calendar as well as the holiday schedule for Cyprus. Summer is not open for grant activity.

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 (June, July, and August)
2 or 3 Segments MAY BE PROPOSED
Special Features

The Fulbright Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia assists scholars and provides support to all incoming Fulbright Scholars, providing a detailed in-country orientaion, assitance in getting a research visa, and assisting throughout the duration of their program as needed.  

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is preferred.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

All effort should be made by the applicant to identify an appropriate local host institution. Applicants should inquire with the potential host institution whether or not the institution would support a researcher's visa while they are in country. More specifically, a local host institution must be willing to sign a Hosting Agreement required by the Ministry of Interior. For questions regarding host institutions, contact Dr. Sondra Sainsbury at FulbrightCy@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 and most research is conducted in English; language proficiency sufficient to complete the research project is required.

For applicants without local language proficiency, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.

Additional Comments

Priority will be given to applicants who do not hold dual Cypriot/U.S. citizenship.

Award Allowances

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.

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.

Do you offer 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 $125/month to $475/month.

In addition, a travel allowance of $1,800 is provided for one dependent and $3,600 for two or more accompanying 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.

Special Award Benefits

$1,000 for expenses related to visas, entry permits, testing, etc.

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?

Cyprus, an island in the eastern Mediterranean with an area of 3,572 square miles, is half the size of New Jersey, and twice the size of Rhode Island. It lies only 40 miles from Turkey at the nearest point, 500 miles southeast of mainland Greece, and 100 miles west of Syria. With a culturally rich and historically complicated heritage spanning over 8,000 years, Cyprus is a fascinating country to conduct research, both historical as well as modern. 

At the present time, Cyprus is divided into two areas. The Government of the Republic of Cyprus (ROC) controls the southern two-thirds of the island, which is populated largely by the Greek Cypriot community. The ROC does not exercise effective control over the northern one-third of the island, which is administered by the Turkish Cypriots. Between the two areas is a buffer zone, also called the "Green Line," which is patrolled by the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and is a restricted travel area. The Green Line runs through the center of Cyprus’ capital, Nicosia, and is the only divided capital city in Europe. However, despite the political division, the island is generally very peaceful and is often referred to as a point of stability in a sea of regional turmoil. In May 2004, Cyprus became an official member state of the European Union. Cypriot-led, U.N. facilitated efforts to reunify the island continue and are supported by the United States.

Despite its location, Cyprus is in many ways oriented towards the West. It has been a crossroads of diverse civilizations and cultures throughout its history, and as a member of the EU on its easternmost border, continues to be so. Cypriots generally speak excellent English, are used to meeting people from other countries, and take interest and pleasure in associating with them. Cyprus enjoys sunshine virtually year-round. 

The Fulbright Scholar Program provides grant opportunities to American and Cypriot scholars to exchange ideas and views, participate in collaborative research activities, and enhance each country's discipline and cultural knowledge.

Please note that priority will be given to applicants who do not hold dual Cypriot/U.S. citizenship.

Previous Fulbright Recipients

Fulbright Alumna Amy Grant, hosted by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Cyprus School of Law, both taught undergraduate students and led professional development workshops on numerous topics related to emerging technology and law. While on her grant, she regularly contributed to both local and regional EU programs, seminars, publications, and policy trainings. Here she is being interviewed on the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation's radio program: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=622381571854998&ref=watch_permalink.

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