Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
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

Up To
Award Start Period
September 2023, or February 2024
Award Length
5 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

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

Teach undergraduate courses, graduate courses or both in one or more areas of specialization noted below. Offer tutorials, advise students, and assist in curriculum development or faculty training as requested. Scholars are expected to teach approx.  20 up to 40 hours per week.

For teaching/research (teaching 70% and research 30%) projects, conduct grant activities in area/s of specialization.

Provide guest lectures at universities throughout Latvia.

Scholars will be encouraged to participate in the U.S. Embassy's Meet America program. 

Scholars selected for this grant will be required to attend a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation in Summer 2023.


Fulbright U.S. Scholar Latvia, Steve Oberman 


Locations Detail

Scholars may affiliate with any appropriate institution in Latvia including but not limited to:

LiepajaLiepaja University

RigaJazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music; Riga Stradins University; University of Latvia; Art Academy of Latvia

Award Length and Period

Five months

One-semester grants must begin in either September 2023 or February 2024.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is preferred.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Liepaja University: Contact Erika Lauberga at erika.lauberga@liepu.lv

Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music: Contact Dr. Maija Sipola, Vice Rector for International Relations, at maija.sipola@jvlma.lv or academy@jvlma.lv (an invitation letter is required)

Art Academy of Latvia: Contact Agita Gritane at agita.gritane@lma.lv

University of Latvia:

Law: Contact Daina Andrejeva at daina.andrejeva@lu.lv

ESL, Academic writing, and Contemporary Education Theories: Contact Indra Odina at indra.odina@lu.lv or Anita Auzina at anita.auzina@lu.lv

Psychology, Statistics: Contact Ieva Stokenberga at ieva.stokenberga@lu.lv

Linguistics, North American Literature: Contact Zigrida Vincela at zigrida.vincela@lu.lv

Riga Stradins University:

Law: Contact Janis Grasis at janis.grasis@rsu.lv

Anthropology: Contact Ieva Puzo at ieva.puzo@rsu.lv

Research design,bioinformatics, data management, statistics: Contact Dr. Agrita Kiopa at agrita.kiopa@rsu.lv

History of Medicine: Contact Juris Salaks at juris.salaks@rsu.lv 

Communication Sciences: Contact Liga Ozolina at liga.ozolina@rsu.lv

Big data, Data visualizations, business and communications, Science communication; Branding: Contact Lasma Skestere at lasma.skestere@rsu.lv

Medicine and Infectious diseases: Contact Indra Zeltina at indra.zeltina@rsu.lv or Ilze Amolina at ilze.amolina@rsu.lv

Medicine (clinical skills): Contact Julia Voicehovska at julija.voicehovska@rsu.lv 

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; proficiency in Latvian is not required.

For research grant activity, language fluency sufficient to complete the research project is required. Feasibility of conducting research must be demonstrated in the project statement.

Additional Qualification Information

Academics must have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree.

Artists and professionals are eligible to apply without a Ph.D., but they must have at least seven years of experience in a particular profession.

Additional Comments

For detailed information about specific institutional requests, please contact Embassy staff: Exchange Programs Assistant, Ingrida Bodniece at Bodniecei@state.gov , Cultural Affairs Officer, Iris Willey at Willeyil@state.gov or Public Affairs Officer, Richard Damstra at Damstrard@state.gov

Teaching or Teaching/Research Award Monthly Allowances
Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee


Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$750 books and educational materials allowance; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure.

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 $150/month to $300/month.

In addition, travel allowances are provided for dependents: $2,500 for one dependent and $5,000 for two or more 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.

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?

Latvia is a small country on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Pine, oak, and birch forests cover about 44 percent of the country. Latvia is a member of NATO, the European Union, the United Nations, OSCE, and OECD.

There are 46 accredited higher education institutions; 27 are university/non-university type institutions (16 of them are government-funded and the rest are funded by other legal entities or private individuals), and 19 are colleges (11 state and eight private). Education levels are generally high.

The capital city, Riga, is the largest Baltic city and is located on the Daugava River, just nine miles before it reaches the Baltic Sea. The Old Town of Riga is its cultural heart and has retained much of its medieval atmosphere. The architecture ranges from Romanesque and Gothic to Renaissance and Baroque. Its harbor, airport, rail, and highway networks make Riga a major trade and commercial center for all of the Baltic countries. It is also known as one of the global leaders in Internet broadband. English is widely spoken and understood. A complete overview of Latvia can be found here.

The academic year is from the beginning of September to mid-June. The second semester begins in February. Teaching is in English.

Applicants are encouraged to contact potential host institutions to arrange their own affiliations. If necessary, the U.S. Embassy in Riga can help to arrange host institution affiliation.

English language education for dependents is available in Latvia. All public schools are free of charge and the language of instruction is Latvian except for ethnic minority schools, where the language of instruction is the native language and Latvian. In recent years, the Fulbright Program has been unable to provide tuition assistance for English language private schools.  

For detailed information about specific institutional requests, please contact Embassy staff: Public Diplomacy Specialist, Ingrida Bodniece at Bodniecei@state.gov or Cultural Affairs Officer, Iris Willey at Willeyil@state.gov or Public Affairs Officer, Richard Damstra, at DamstraRD@state.gov.

2017-2018 U.S. Scholar to Latvia Kathleen Lafferty


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