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.
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) not required
Career Profile
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.
Higher Education Administrators and Executives
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of administrators or executives with a focus on the international dimensions of their campuses.
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
August 2024
Award Length
3 months - 6 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
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 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

Applicants may propose research projects or a combination of teaching/research in any discipline. We typically expect a ratio of about 40% teaching to 60% research. Applicants are also welcomed to apply for Professional Projects.

Location Selection: Award must be undertaken at one of the following institutions
Award Length and Period

4 months for non-Flex awards. 3 - 6 months for Flex awards. (Please see the Flex Description section for additional details on Flex award parameters.)

Grants should begin in August 2024. For Flex grants, see the Flex Option section. We typically recommend that Fulbright Scholars in The Bahamas time their program to coincide with the university academic year, which nearly matches the U.S. academic year (starting in August, and ending in June).

Though applicants may propose to begin their programs in the spring semester (January 2025), they must demonstrate the concurrence of the host institution and a justification as to why they are choosing to start half-way through the academic year.

All Scholars to the Bahamas are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which typically takes place in June, prior to beginning their Fulbright grant. 

Flex Description

Flex awards are offered for teaching/research, research only grants and professional projects.


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
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.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient
Additional Language Requirement


Additional Comments

Applicants should contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance. U.S. Embassy Nassau point of contact: 

Lisa Moxey, Tel: 1-242-322-1181 ext. 4220; Email: MoxeyEA@state.gov


Exploring the UB website may be helpful.

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 scholar only. Dependent travel will not be provided for Flex scholars.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$1,000 books and educational materials allowance for teaching and teaching/research grants; these materials should be donated to the host institution or other entity upon scholar's departure.

$300 - $500 research allowance for research-only grants.

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 $450/month to $900/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.

Estimated Cost of Living

Housing Costs - $2,000 - $3,000 per month rental. Utilities - $400 - $600 per month. Cell Phone Plans available starting at $40.00 per month. Day to Day Expenses - Groceries $200 - $400 per week. Transportation - Public Transit Available ($2.00 per trip), Private Vehicle Recommended. Rental cars available for $70-$100 per day.

Special Award Benefits

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 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 University of The Bahamas (UB) is the national public institution of higher education in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas with campuses throughout the archipelago. The main campus is located in the capital city of Nassau, on the island of New Providence. The university offers primarily undergraduate and some graduate programs, with a focus on increasing research and innovation activities, and its work in areas crucial to national development. UB is a unique, multi-campus community that includes the main campus on New Providence, as well as the Northern Bahamas Campus on Grand Bahama and satellite centers in Abaco, Exuma and Andros.  Students are enrolled in a broad range of academic disciplines in the faculties of Business, Social and Educational Studies, Pure and Applied Sciences, Liberal and Fine Arts and the Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute. In addition to offering collaborative graduate degree programs in education, pharmacy, law and maritime studies, among others, UB’s own master’s degree programs include the MBA and the M.Sc. in Reading.  

Short-term Flex grants for teaching/research and research for one- to three-month segments over one or two consecutive years are available for applicants. The Government of The Bahamas requires non-citizens/residents to receive a work permit before beginning their Fulbright grant. The institution will be responsible for liaising with government offices for the work permit process and must invest in the required fees to benefit from the services of the incoming scholar.

As you prepare your Fulbright application, please check the CDC Website for The Bahamas, as well as U.S. Embassy Nassau's website https://bs.usembassy.gov/ for health and safety updates.

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