Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
closed
Award Code
13303-UP
Activity Type
Research
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
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.
Teaching/Research
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
Artists
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.
Professionals
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
10
Award Start Period
October 2023 or February 2024
Award Length
5 months - 10 months
Flex Option
No
Country
Ukraine
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
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

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

The U.S. Scholar Program to Ukraine has been suspended for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years. While we are currently accepting applications for the 2023-2024 academic year, events in the region may impact the status of the program and we will continue to keep this page updated.

Teaching and Teaching/Research Grants: Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the applicant’s area of specialization. Teaching scholars should teach regular courses as well as conduct seminars or workshops, consult on curriculum program development, assist with thesis advising and faculty training, and help develop innovative pedagogies. Generally, two full graduate or undergraduate courses should be offered per semester. Teaching schedules will be discussed between Fulbright scholars and their institutional hosts.

For projects that incorporate a research element, the division of responsibilities between the two activities should be 60%-70% teaching and 40%-30% research.

Research Grants: Fulbright Scholars will be expected to conduct research in the area of specialization and give occasional lectures or seminars.

Other activity: The IIE/Kyiv Office works with the Scholars to engage them in guest lecturing activities and public presentations at other local universities, non-academic programs, and with local experts and think tanks as their program and schedule allow. 

Scholars selected for this grant will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation in the United States (summer 2023) and an in-country orientation in Kyiv (October 2023).

 

Top row: Gennadi Poberezny, U.S. Scholar to Ukraine, 2019-2020, lecture-discussion Raphael Lemkin and a Colonial Dimension of the Soviet Genocide in Ukraine, IIE/Kyiv Office, February 25, 2020; Jessica Zychowicz, U.S. Scholar to Ukraine, 2017-2018, talk "Adventures in Cybernetics: From ARPANET and OGAC to the Brave New World", IIE/Kyiv Office, April 2018; Serhii Plokhii, U.S. Scholar to Ukraine, 2018-2019, public lecture "Goodbye Lenin: A Memory Shift in Revolutionary Ukraine", Taras Shevchenko National Museum, Kyiv, November 2018.
Bottom row: Michael Cronin, U.S. Scholar to Ukraine, 2019-2020, experiential activity in Social Innovations Class, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv; Yuri Yanchyshyn, U.S. Scholar to Ukraine, 2019-2020, the class with students of Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv, 2019.

 

Locations
Location Selection: Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Any appropriate institution accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine; for research awards also any institution performing academic research (e.g. institutes of the Academy of Sciences, research institutions). Affiliations with NGOs and government agencies are possible but not common. At this time placements in Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk are not possible. 

 

Award Length and Period

Five to ten months.

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

Areas of Interest

While this award is open to all disciplines, there is interest in scholars who are in these particular specialty areas listed below.

Economics: accounting, money and banking, finance (international, public, and corporate), microeconomics, macroeconomics, transition economics, international economics, trade and business.

Management: small business, human resources, management information systems and quantitative methods, marketing, agricultural or environmental economics, risk or game theory, operations research, arbitration, and negotiation.  Public Administration: public policy, leadership, public finance, training, local and city government, urban administration, city planning.  Public/Global Health: healthcare management and administration, health education, systems thinking in public health, public health financial management, health literacy, international strategies and programs promoting human health, global health governance structures, key actors in global health, maternal and child health, food security, environmental health, chronic disease, and infectious disease.

Education: educational administration, evaluation and assessment, psychometrics, development, and fundraising, special education, teacher training, accreditation processes and governance in higher education, educational technology and distance learning.

Environmental Science and Environmental Policy: environmental resources management, human ecology, ecological systems management, forestry, climate studies, oceanography, agriculture, renewable energy, renewable technologies, sustainability (architecture, agriculture, resource management, forestry, hydrology, waste disposal, and recycling, energy, soil sciences, plant biology and radiation sciences), testing and measurement, GIS applications.

Cultural Resource Management: museum studies, historic preservation in an international context, architectural and art conservation, management of historical and archaeological sites, districts, and monuments, and management of arts organizations.

American Studies: American history, American literature, American political culture, visual culture in the USA, African-American history, American material culture, women's studies, religion.

Political Science: political technologies and political analysis. 

Journalism: media studies, including the theory and practice of journalism (print, radio, TV and electronic), media literacy, international media systems, ethics, communications theory, media law, public relations, convergence journalism and social media and its uses.

Social Work: community services, health and counseling services, disability services, mental health and alcohol and other drugs, youth work (vulnerable teenagers and youth).

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is optional.
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 will be in English. For research, language proficiency sufficient to complete the proposed project is required. 

Additional Qualification Information

Master's degrees with at least seven years of experience in research and/or teaching will be considered.

Scholars who were born in independent Ukraine (post-1991) and who are now naturalized U.S. citizens and have entered the United States on post-1991 passports of independent Ukraine will be required to show proof that they have formally renounced their Ukrainian citizenship. If Scholars cannot present the appropriate documentation to verify the renunciation of Ukrainian citizenship, they will be denied a Ukrainian visa and will not be able to participate in the Fulbright Program in Ukraine.

The procedure to renounce Ukrainian citizenship can take up to a year and requires the signature of the President of Ukraine. For more information, please contact an official at the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States or Senior Consular official at your designated Consulate-General office to confirm the proper procedure to acquire a visa.

Researcher and Professional Project Monthly Allowances
$3520
$3870
Teaching or Teaching/Research Award Monthly Allowances
$4290
$4860
Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

$3,650

For Flex grants: round trip travel will be included for each segment of the grant for the grantee only. 

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$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.

$500 - $1,000 research allowance for research-only grants (amount depending on length of the grant).

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 $200/month to $400/month.

In addition, a travel allowance of $2600 is provided for one dependent and $5200 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. Reimbursement for dependent education is not available to Flex grantees.

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.

Ukraine

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The U.S. Scholar Program to Ukraine has been suspended for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years. While we are currently accepting applications for the 2023-2024 academic year, events in the region may impact the status of the program and we will continue to keep this page updated.

The Fulbright experience in Ukraine will be both exciting and challenging as you encounter a different set of assumptions about everything from work/life balance to campus culture, to the teaching profession, to formality vs. informality at work, and to the general governance of institutions. Your time here will be exciting because of the continuing social, cultural, and educational transformations that are happening in this post-revolutionary context, but, at times, you will find the structures you work in to be challenging because new administrative and economic infrastructures are not yet fully in place (and are frequently changed). The attitude that you bring to this challenge will help define your experience and will shape the impact of your tenure as a Fulbright Scholar on individuals and your professional communities in Ukraine.

The academic year runs from September through June and the second semester begins in February. A few institutions, most notably the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, the National University of Ostroh Academy, and the Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University in Mykolayiv, are on the trimester system which begins in September and ends in June (the second trimester begins in mid-January).

Applications are welcome in all fields, including the arts, technology, and natural sciences. Preference will be given to projects in the humanities and social sciences especially projects that assist in building civil society or educational, economic, political, and legal reform in Ukraine, as well as subjects related to the United States. Affiliations are possible with a variety of academic institutions, including older, more established state universities and newer private and public institutions.

Although placements in Kyiv and Lviv are possible, the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science and the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv encourage scholars to consider placements in other cities, such as Cherkasy, Chernivtsi, Dnipro, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kropyvnytsky, Lutsk, Poltava, Mykolayiv, Rivne, Sumy, Ternopil, Kamianets-Podilsky, Uzhhorod, and others. Placements in Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts are not possible at this time. Placements in other regions of Ukraine may be restricted due to security considerations; please consult with the Kyiv Fulbright Office well in advance. Classes are taught in English.

The Fulbright Program in Ukraine requires that all U.S. Fulbright grantees, regardless of the length of their stay, acquire a Ukrainian “D-05” (International technical assistance) multiple entry visa before their arrival to Ukraine. With the “D” visa you will be required to register with the Immigration Services within 90 days of your first arrival into Ukraine and will be issued a residency card for the duration of your grant period which will allow free entry to and exit from Ukraine during the period defined by the residency permit (the term of your grant to Ukraine).

Scholars who were born in independent Ukraine (post-1991) and who have now naturalized U.S. citizens and have entered the United States on post-1991 passports of independent Ukraine will be required to show proof that they have formally renounced their Ukrainian citizenship. Otherwise, they will not be issued a Ukrainian visa, as the Ukrainian government will still consider them Ukrainian citizens. Scholars who left Ukraine and entered the U.S. before 1991 on passports issued by Soviet Ukraine will not have a problem receiving a Ukrainian visa and they will not be required to renounce their former citizenship, as they have never held citizenship in independent Ukraine. However, if Scholars have entered the United States after 1991 on a valid passport issued by Soviet Ukraine, the Ukrainian government will still consider them to be Ukrainian citizens, as all valid Soviet Ukraine passports automatically became valid Ukrainian passports after independent Ukraine came into being.

The procedure to renounce Ukrainian citizenship can take up to a year and requires the signature of the President of Ukraine. Those who begin the process and can show official documentation that they have started the process can be issued a visa. For more information, please contact an official at the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States or Senior Consular official at your designated Consulate-General office to confirm the proper procedure to acquire a visa.

If scholars cannot present the appropriate documentation to verify the renunciation of Ukrainian citizenship, they will be denied a Ukrainian visa and will not be able to participate in the Fulbright Program in Ukraine.

University Life

Ukraine's higher education system has been undergoing extensive reform, especially in the social sciences. However, compared with other public sectors, the system of education changes very slowly. Newly introduced disciplines are now being offered throughout the country. At the same time, public education remains financially strapped, and professors' salaries are low compared with U.S. salaries.

The public education system is inflexible and is not always keeping up with the needs of a market economy, although a good number of universities and institutions are working diligently to foster greater international exchange and involvement with employers.

The American higher education system is considered by many Ukrainians to be a model to follow, so scholars may find themselves serving as consultants on a variety of subjects. Lecture loads will vary by university and department, though generally will be one to two courses per week. Class sizes also vary, from lecture halls with over 100 students, to small seminars with only a handful of students. For Fulbrighters, most classes have ranged from 8-20 advanced students and faculty from the department.

Scholars should expect to lecture on the topics outlined in their project proposals. Eighty percent (sometimes even more) of courses taken by Ukrainian undergraduates are determined by the Ministry of Education and Science and are part of a national curriculum. These courses are the bread and butter of Ukrainian professors' work who may resent their courses being given to a foreigner. The Fulbright Office in Kyiv will pass the scholar’s entire application package to the host university. At the same time, scholars should write directly to the Head of the Foreign Relations Department of their university and to the Head of their academic department to introduce themselves and request specific information about their teaching schedule and list of courses.

Scholars should be prepared to talk about life in the United States and answer questions about educational exchange, the teaching profession, and other subjects as "cultural ambassadors" for the United States in Ukraine. Ukrainians are voracious readers with a strong verbal tradition. The PAS of the U.S. Embassy encourages Fulbrighters to take part in roundtables, lectures, and workshops at their host institution and to travel to other universities to hold presentations.

The Fulbright Office in Kyiv will also encourage Fulbrighters and provide them with opportunities to make presentations in their field of expertise.

Schooling for Dependents

In Ukraine, there are both public (state) and private schools just like in many other countries. In contrast to the United States, parents in Ukraine can choose to send their children to any public school they wish; the school system does not have districts that dictate which school local children must attend.

Some expats send their children to Ukrainian public schools. Many others send them to prestigious international schools attended by other children of foreign birth and the children of upper-class Ukrainians.

International schools in Ukraine are quite a bit different from Ukrainian public schools. They may combine Ukrainian and foreign curriculum requirements, and they provide a variety of extracurricular activities similar to western schools. Many schools offer a choice of languages for instruction. Even if the instruction is in English, students will have Ukrainian classes, which is important for adapting to the country.

Kyiv has had English language schools (K-8 and high school) with a western curriculum for several years. If scholars have school-age children who will be attending local schools, they should bring each child's transcripts and medical records with them.

Kyiv International School, https://kyiv.qsi.org/.

Pechersk School International Kyiv, https://www.psi.kiev.ua/

The British International School, Kyiv, Dnipro, https://britishschool.ua/.

Meridian International School, http://mischool.com.ua/en/

Housing

The Fulbright office in Kyiv usually asks each host university to assist with finding housing for Fulbrighters (if requested to do so by you). Fulbright grants include a housing allowance for a private room or apartment rental for Fulbright scholars and their dependents as an alternative to university housing. Most American Fulbrighters have chosen to exercise this option. The Fulbright Office asks host universities to assist Fulbrighters if they wish to rent an apartment. Due to housing and financial concerns, host universities are not obliged to provide cost-free housing to Fulbright family members. Grantees who bring dependents should prepare to pay for any extra rooms provided by the university or to rent private accommodations.

Medical/Health Care

Many hospitals and clinics outside of Kyiv are not well equipped and there are shortages of certain medicines. Scholars should bring enough of their own supply of prescription and over-the-counter medicines to last their stay. European over-the-counter medications and vitamins and local analogs are generally available.

There are American-style medical clinics in Kyiv and some other large cities. However, the fees are often high, and scholars should consider these alternatives for emergency use only. Payments are in cash or by credit card. Some clinics will accept payments from medical insurance companies, but scholars should be ready to pay for medical care and then seek reimbursement from the medical benefit they have been provided by ECA or the medical coverage from their university or employer in the U.S.

The number of private and medical/dental care companies in Ukraine is increasing and there is a variety of quality treatments. Before seeking treatment, we encourage scholars to consult with PAS of the U.S. Embassy-Kyiv, their hosts, or members of the American community in the city where they will be living.

Scholars can consult the website of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine for information on medical care in Kyiv and throughout Ukraine, but it is mostly focused on Kyiv, and merely lists available services. Embassy staff is not allowed to recommend or promote one service provider over another.

United States Embassy – Kyiv, Ukraine

4, A. I. Sikorsky St. (formerly Tankova)

Kyiv 04112 Ukraine

Main tel.: (+38044) 521-5000 (for all departments)

Web address: https://ua.usembassy.gov/

Institute of International Education • Kyiv Office

20 Esplanadna St., 9th floor, Suite 904

Kyiv, 01001, Ukraine

tel: +380(44) 287 0777

office.ukraine@iie.org

Web address: www.fulbright.org.ua

For additional information, please contact:

Jessica Zychowicz, Ph.D., Director, Fulbright Program in Ukraine, Institute of International Education ∙ Kyiv Office, jzychowicz@iie.org.

Veronica Aleksanych, Program Officer, Fulbright Scholar Programs, Institute of International Education ∙ Kyiv Office, valeksanych@iie.org.

Previous Fulbright Recipients

Videos of Fulbright U.S. Scholar Alumni to Ukraine:

Jessica Zychowicz Director, Fulbright Program in Ukraine, Institute of International Education ∙ Kyiv Office U.S. Fulbright Scholar 2018-2019 in Ukraine https://youtu.be/caJT4lhYpUE

Yuri Yanchyshyn Principal and Senior Conservator, Period Furniture Conservation LLC, Jersey, NJ U.S. Fulbright Scholar 2019-2020 in Ukraine https://youtu.be/yfvLgEf3KlY

Mayhill C. Fowler Associate Professor of History, Director of Stetson's Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Stetson University, DeLand, FL U.S. Fulbright Scholar 2019-2020 in Ukraine https://youtu.be/9weUJzrhUvI

Marla Osborn President, NGO Rohatyn Jewish Heritage, Ukraine U.S. Fulbright Scholar 2019-2020 in Ukraine https://youtu.be/fUukHsASDNc

Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.