Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
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
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
October 2023
Award Length
2 months - 4 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 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

Research or Teaching/Research in scholar's area of specialization.

Teaching in Pakistan may consist of short courses, informal teaching, and workshops. Projects involving collaboration with Pakistani scholars are possible. Scholars will be expected to give at least one presentation per month in their area of expertise and at least one per month that relates to the United States.

Scholars may give more lectures if they wish, including lectures on their research. Scholars may be invited to give guest lectures or workshops by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.

Locations Detail

At this time awards are restricted to Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad. Applications for other cities or regions of Pakistan will not be considered.

  • Islamabad: Scholars will be affiliated with the Fulbright Commission, the United States Educational Foundation-Pakistan (USEFP), or any other institution of higher education in the cities mentioned above.
  • Lahore: Affiliation with other host institutions in Lahore may be possible with the approval of USEFP in consultation with the U.S. Embassy's Regional Security Office. Applicants may indicate a preference.
  • Karachi:  Affiliation with other host institutions in Karachi may be possible with the approval of USEFP in consultation with the U.S. Embassy's Regional Security Office. Applicants may indicate a preference.
  • Faisalabad: Affiliation with the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad only.
Award Length and Period

Two to four months

Grants may begin any time after October 1, 2023. Grants must be completed by August 31, 2024.

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
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; additional language proficiency is not required.

For research, language fluency sufficient to complete the project is recommended.

Teaching/Research and Research applicants: if research will be conducted in a language other than English, the language proficiency self-evaluation within the application is required; the language proficiency report external evaluation is not required.

Additional Qualification Information

Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree preferred, and at least three years’ experience teaching in higher education. Professionals with an M.A. or M.S. are required to have at least seven years of relevant professional experience as well as a high level of academic or professional achievement.

Applicants without prior Pakistan experience are especially encouraged.

Applications are invited from all disciplines, except clinical medicine.

Additional Comments

In the project statement, applicants should indicate if funding from the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, American Institute of Indian Studies, or other sources is expected to be received or has been received recently.

Applicants recommended for further consideration following the peer review stage will be invited to telephone or Skype interviews with the Fulbright Commission in Pakistan (The U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan, USEFP) staff in late Fall 2023.

Award Allowances

$4,400 per month (includes $500 to be paid in local currency)

Dependents are not permitted to accompany grantees to Pakistan.

Housing allowance provided for grantees, who are required to live in housing approved by USEFP in consultation with the U.S. Embassy's Regional Security Office.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee
  • Round-trip international travel arranged by Fulbright commission for grantee
  • Excess baggage: $500 (one-time expense on reimbursable basis)
  • Relocation: $500 (one time)
Estimated Book and Research Allowance

Up to $1,000 for grants of three months or less and up to $2,000 for grants longer than three months, provided on a reimbursable basis for specific allowable, incidental expenses related to the project.

Special Award Benefits
  • Air freight allowance of up to 250 pounds for return of data collected and related to grant project on a reimbursable basis with prior approval from USEFP.
  • Grantees can also be reimbursed for language study.
  • A shared car and driver may be provided for the grantee for local transportation within the city.

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 and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Bordered by Iran, Afghanistan, China, India, and the Arabian Sea, Pakistan is at the heart of the Indus Valley. Its complex, multicultural and multiethnic population is the world’s fifth-largest at more than 220 million. The population is predominantly Muslim and more than half is rural. English is the language of higher education in Pakistan as well as an official language of the government of Pakistan.

Among Pakistan’s national priorities are improving access to and quality of education and healthcare, particularly higher education administration and nursing education. Nationwide, there are approximately 200 degree-granting universities. Enrollment and research productivity are increasing. USEFP has strong relationships with reputable higher education institutions in Pakistan and will work closely with the grantee to find an appropriate host institution and initial contacts for their project. With English as the official language of higher education, U.S. scholars in Pakistan find communication with students and faculty relatively easy.

Project clearance from the government of Pakistan is required for all Fulbright U.S. Scholar grantees and has been difficult to obtain in recent years. In addition, due to the overall deteriorating security situation in Pakistan, grants to Pakistan are contingent on the U.S. Embassy’s determination of the security situation and the ability of the scholar to obtain a visa. Scholars should not make any life decisions until a visa appropriate for the Fulbright grant is secured.

Since 2005, Pakistan has had the world’s largest Fulbright Student Program, sending about 150 students per year from Pakistan to the United States for advanced degrees. Pakistan and the United States are committed to increasing the numbers of American scholars teaching and conducting research in Pakistan. By promoting people-to-people engagement through education, the Fulbright Program increases understanding, builds enduring ties between individuals and institutions and enhances the avenues for cooperation on local, regional and global issues of shared importance.


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