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.
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) 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.
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 2024 or February 2025
Award Length
4 months - 6 months or 9 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
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

Teaching might include co-teaching, guest lectures, workshops and seminars. Grantee will be expected to teach at undergraduate and graduate levels, advise students, assist with faculty and curriculum development, support students conducting research, engage in activities at Baku American Center, and other public lectures or trainings. 

For Teaching/Tesearch grants, no more than 50% of the grant activity should be related to research.

For Professional or Artistic Projects in the scholar's area of expertise, projects may include professional consultations, mentoring, preparation of print materials (books, articles, reviews), exchange of experience with other professionals, regional outreach, participation in public events, and delivery of public lectures. Professionals can be affiliated with non-government organizations in their area of expertise. 

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


Locations Detail

Higher education institutions in the capital city, Baku, and the regions of Ganja, Sumgayit, Lenkaran and Nakhchivan. Post gives preference to placing scholars in public universities over private universities.

Higher Education in Azerbaijan

Large Public and Private Universities located in Baku: 

Regional Universities: 

Artists and professionals may be affiliated with non-academic institutions including non-governmental organizations and art centers.

Award Length and Period

Four months for one-semester grants or nine months for academic-year grants. For Flex grants, see Flex Options box.

September-December 2024 (excluding examination period) for fall-semester grants; February-May 2025 for spring-semester grants; mid-September 2024-June 2025 for academic-year grants. 

Flex Description

Flex awards are offered for teaching and teaching/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

Host universtities will work with grantees to identify appropriate housing within their budgets and other logistics.

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 is optional.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

The letter is optional as the Embassy prefers scholars to be flexible during the placement period and will arrange host institution affiliation for scholars who do not secure a letter of invitation. For additional information, please contact Sabina Abdullayeva at the U.S. Embassy Baku at BakuEducation@state.email.

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

Most of the public and private universities in Azerbaijan have departments and programs taught in English. Conversational Azerbaijani, Turkish or Russian is recommended, but not required. For research, language proficiency sufficient to complete the proposed project is highly recommended. When applicable, applicants should submit the Self Evaluation section of the Language Proficiency Report. For applicants without local language proficiency, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.

Additional Qualification Information

Professional candidates must have at least 2-3 years of relevant experience. Adjunct and community college faculty members are encouraged to apply.

Additional Comments

The best way to obtain a letter of invitation from an institution is through its international offices or university faculty. The Vice-Rector for International Affairs is the best contact to set up a connection with an institution if no other faculty contacts are available. 

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.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$1,000 books and educational materials allowance for teaching awards; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure.

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 $200/month to $400/month. In addition, travel allowances are provided for up to two dependents: $3,000 for one accompanying dependent, and $6,000 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.

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?

Background on Education in Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan has a multifaceted history, including two periods of independence bracketing seven decades in which it was part of the Soviet Union. Located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, the country shares land borders with Russia, Georgia, Iran, and Armenia, and has a long shoreline with the Caspian Sea.  Azerbaijan is a secular constitutional democracy, in which the President holds ultimate executive authority and Parliament serves as an administrative power in which the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Cabinet of Ministers govern the centralized education system. While educational strategies, amendments, and legislative matters regarding education are controlled by the Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Education (headed by a Fulbright alumnus) is the primary entity responsible for development and implementation of state-wide educational policies.

In Azerbaijan, “university” refers to a four-year entity offering a Bachelor's (Bakalvr) as well as Master’s (Magistr) degree, while “colleges” offer two-year vocational education. Management responsibilities within each higher education institution are divided between appointed rector, vice-rector, and departmental deans. Although higher education in Azerbaijan is based on the Soviet model and many of the institutions still have structures and operations based on the Soviet system, educational modernization is a priority at the government and university level, making this an exciting period to engage with Azerbaijan’s education sector. Efforts at engaging in the Bologna process and Erasmus have aided student mobility to Europe, and many institutions are building partnerships with Western universities. Universities are highly interested in international partnerships, an interest that creates opportunities for forging linkages. For example, a recent Fulbright Scholar initiated fruitful discussions on a joint-degree program between his American home institution and his Baku-based host university.

Language of Instruction: Most public universities have departments and programs in English. All private universities have English as a main language of instruction.

Recent changes in the higher-education system: In 2013, the Ministry of Education adopted and began implementing an ambitious reform program to bring its offerings in line with international leaders. As part of its strategy to improve the quality of teaching and education at its public universities, the Ministry established “SABAH” (“tomorrow”), a program at the country’s 16 higher-education institutions. Over 5,000 students enrolled in this special program for talented Azerbaijani students with specially trained teachers and professors and a special curriculum offered exclusively to SABAH students, several of which are taught in English. Many departments in public universities, following the example of private schools, opened departments and tracks at which the primary language of instruction is English. Recent changes in the administration of large public universities have led to large-scale reforms on campuses to modernize curriculum, fight corruption, and bring international expertise to improve instruction.

Helpful Links:

Ministry of Education

U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan

Video Blog about Baku

Azerbaijan-Take Another Look

Previous Fulbright Recipients

Dr. Nabil Al-Tikriti, email: naltikri@umw.edu, Global Education Colloquium, May 2020:

Additional recent alumni:

Dr. Heather DeHaan, email: hdehaan@binghamton.edu
Seminar/Workshop at Khazar University:

Dr. Ali Nejat, email: ali.nejat@ttu.edu

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