Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
13380-KZ
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
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
3
Award Start Period
September 2023, or January 2024
Award Length
5 months, or 10 months
Flex Option
Yes
Country
Kazakhstan
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 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

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

For teaching awards, scholars teach one to two courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels each semester. Depending on the discipline, scholars consult on curriculum, advise graduate students, direct theses and/or conduct faculty training.

For a teaching/research award, the ratio of these activities should be 50/50. In addition to research, scholars may teach one course per semester or, instead, either advise graduate students or conduct faculty training. 

For research awards, scholars are engaged 100 percent in research activities with occasional lectures/talks at the host and other research and educational institutions. We strongly encourage engagement at American Corners when possible.

Locations
Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Any appropriate institution.

Award Length and Period

5 or 10 months (one or two semesters)

One-semester grants may begin in September 2023 or late January 2024; two-semester grants must begin in September 2023.

Flex Description

Flex grant parameters:

• Minimum length of the total grant is four months and the maximum is six months;

• Minimum length for any grant segment is one month and the maximum is three months;

• Two or three grant segments may be spread over one or two consecutive years; and

For more information, please see the Fulbright Flex Award webpage.

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
No
SEGMENTS MAY BE PROPOSED FOR Up to a 1 year PERIOD
2 or 3 Segments MAY BE PROPOSED
MAXIMUM LENGTH OF THE TOTAL GRANT IS 6 MONTH(S)
MINIMUM LENGTH OF THE TOTAL GRANT IS 4 MONTH(S)
Areas of Interest

Applications for teaching awards in engineering and sciences will be less competitive as most university students majoring in these fields in Kazakhstan do not have adequate English skills. Many of these students therefore may not be able to actively engage in a course taught by a U.S. professor in English. Research proposals in these fields will be considered.

Special Features

South and Central Asia Fulbright Regional Travel Grant: During their grant period, Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia (SCA) region may apply for a regional travel grant to engage in a variety of activities at academic institutions or non-profit organizations in eligible SCA countries (Bangladesh, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Republic of the Maldives, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).  Activities that U.S Scholars may engage in include: faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, conferences, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, or some combination thereof. Scholars in the arts may be invited to give master classes or recitals, participate in exhibitions or workshops, or consult with cultural institutions. Activities may not include research. This grant will cover travel to and from the destination and lodging may be offered by the hosting institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once in-country on their Fulbright grant. As funds are limited, Scholars are limited to one such travel grant.

Before traveling to another country on a Regional Travel Grant, it is important to confirm trip details with the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section or Fulbright Commission in that country.

Please note: The 2023-24 Fulbright Regional Travel Program will be dependent on global travel conditions. More information will be provided prior to grant departure.  

South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference

With funding provided by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India) invites eligible Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia region to attend the annual South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference in India (usually held in February or March). The conference is an opportunity for current Fulbright U.S. Scholars who are on their Fulbright grants in the SCA region at the time of the conference to gather to discuss each other’s work and educational exchange issues and to invite suggestions for the future development and enhancement of the Fulbright Program. Financial assistance to attend the conference is provided as an additional Fulbright grant benefit.

Please note: The 2023-24 South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference will be dependent on global travel conditions. More information will be provided prior to grant departure.  

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

An invitation letter may help facilitate placement at that institution but is not a guarantee of final placement. The U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Section (PAS) will decide on the final affiliation. PAS will work with universities to find the best and most appropriate match between the expertise of scholars and the needs of prospective hosts.

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; foreign language proficiency is not required.

For research projects, foreign language proficiency is not required; however, the feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.

Additional Qualification Information

Applicants with Ph.D. degrees of all academic ranks (early and mid-career, and senior faculty) or nonacademics with Ph.D. degrees and a minimum of three years teaching experience are welcome to apply. On an exceptional basis, consideration may be given to those with relevant master's degrees and extensive teaching and curriculum development experience.

Additional Comments

Host institutions and the U.S. Embassy will provide assistance in finding housing.

Grantees with accompanying dependents are welcome to apply. However, the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section cannot guarantee appropriate daycare or schools for dependent children, nor temporary employment for spouses. Schools with English language instruction for school-age dependents are generally not available outside Nur-Sultan and Almaty. Grantees must make their own arrangements for daycare, schooling, and temporary employment for dependents.

Award Allowances

Stipends are calculated within this range based on a number of factors including a participant’s grant activity, location in the host country, number of dependents, and home institution position.

Researcher and Professional Project Monthly Allowances
$4845
$5845
Teaching or Teaching/Research Award Monthly Allowances
$5615
$6835
Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Round-trip, Fly America Act compliant international travel for the grantee will be arranged by an agency designated by IIE.

Additional Travel and Relocation Allowances: $3,500.00

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$2,100-$2,400 for book and educational materials allowance for teaching awards ONLY. Materials to be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure.

$1,500 Research Allowance (For Research Awards ONLY)

Additional Dependent Benefits

Additional living and housing allowance is provided for grantees with one accompanying dependent or two or more accompanying dependent. These amounts range from $150/month to $500/month.

In addition, travel allowances are provided for up to two dependents.

A dependent education reimbursement allowance is provided ranging from up to $6,000 to up to $24,000 depending on the number of dependents and length of the grant. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only, and is dependent on funding availability.

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

South and Central Asia Fulbright Regional Travel Grant: During their grant period, Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia (SCA) region may apply for a regional travel grant to engage in a variety of activities at academic institutions or non-profit organizations in eligible SCA countries (Bangladesh, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Republic of the Maldives, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).  Activities that U.S Scholars may engage in include: faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, conferences, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, or some combination thereof. Scholars in the arts may be invited to give master classes or recitals, participate in exhibitions or workshops, or consult with cultural institutions. Activities may not include research. This grant will cover travel to and from the destination and lodging may be offered by the hosting institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once in-country on their Fulbright grant. As funds are limited, Scholars are limited to one such travel grant.

Before traveling to another country on a Regional Travel Grant, it is important to confirm trip details with the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section or Fulbright Commission in that country.

Please note: The 2023-24 Fulbright Regional Travel Program will be dependent on global travel conditions. More information will be provided prior to grant departure.  

South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference

See "Special Features" section in the Award Details tab for more information.

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.

Kazakhstan

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Kazakhstan is a vast landlocked and ethnically diverse country, which has experienced significant economic growth due to its rich oil and mineral reserves. Kazakhstan is widely recognized for its varied natural landscapes consisting of flatlands, steppes, canyons, hills, deltas, snow-capped mountains, and deserts.

The academic year in Kazakhstan normally lasts 10 months, starting in September and ending in June, including a winter break. The fall semester starts typically starts on September 1 and lasts until late December. The spring semester typically starts on January 20 and ends in late June.

Scholars of all academic ranks (early and mid-career, and senior faculty) or nonacademics with Ph.D. degrees and a minimum of three years teaching experience are welcome to apply. On an exceptional basis consideration may be given to those with relevant master's degrees and extensive teaching and curriculum development experience.

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