Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

El Salvador

Application Deadline
Monday, September 16, 2024
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.
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.
Community College Faculty
Community College Faculty

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
August 2025 or January 2026
Award Length
4 months - 9 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose 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

Conduct research and/or teach in any discipline. Conduct faculty training or in-service teacher training as requested. Teaching load is a maximum of two courses at the undergraduate or graduate level.

For teaching/research projects, candidates should plan a 60/40 ratio of teaching to research.

Locations Detail

Any institution in El Salvador, including but not limited to, universities, NGOs, research centers. Please see "helpful links" section for a non-exhaustive list of potential host institutions. 

Award Length and Period

4 to 9 months total for non-Flex awards. 4 to 6 months total for Flex awards. (Please see the Flex Description section for additional details on Flex award parameters.)

Grants may begin no earlier than August 2025. Semester-long grants should begin in August 2025 or January 2026.

All Scholars to El Salvador are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which typically takes place in early to mid-July, prior to beginning their Fulbright grant. 

Flex Description

Flex awards are offered for teaching/research, teaching-only and research-only 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
Areas of Interest

All disciplines will be considered. Below is a list of disciplines that are specific to host institutions. This list is not exhaustive, and projects are not limited to these disciplines. A severe lack of educational and employment opportunities in El Salvador are two primary forces driving irregular migrations of Salvadorans to the United States. A new higher education law will move the Salvadoran universities from a local system of evaluation to an academic credit system, therefore curriculum specialists and those experts in academics credits design are welcome.

Instituto Especializado Centro Cultural Salvadoreño Americano (ICC); Universidad Andres Bello (UNAB); Universidad Católica de El Salvador (UNICAES); Universidad de Oriente (UNIVO); Universidad Gerardo Barrios (UGB) and Universidad Tecnologica (UTEC) will develop a new BA Program to be taught in English.

Universidad de Oriente (UNIVO), Universidad Gerardo Barrios (UGB) are now developing Computer Engineering, Software Development, and Coding BA Programs in English.

Universidad Catolica de El Salvador (UNICAES) is now developing a Textiles undergraduate degree program and Nursing Program in English.

Universidad Tecnologica (UTEC), Business Administration and Tourism: Teach one to two courses in any area of Business Management, Business Development or Entrepreneurship at the graduate or undergraduate level. Offer training to faculty on new trends in Business Education, Business Incubation, and trends in connecting university courses to what is needed in business.

UES Universidad de El Salvador:  Particular interest in candidates in the fields of Anthropology, Computer Science, Distance Learning, Education, Entrepreneurship, and Literature.

Engineering: Teach at the undergraduate level, supervise graduate students, and offer training to faculty in new trends in engineering. Universities with interest in engineering include Universidad Don Bosco (UDB) and Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas (UCA).

All applicants must meet the Program eligibility requirements (click to review the requirements).

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 optional.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Applicants are encouraged to contact the proposed host institution to discuss their proposed project. 

Please note that applicants selected for an award (finalists) must receive final approval of the proposed host institution by the U.S. Embassy. 

Applicants without contacts in El Salvador may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance with establishing affiliations.

Language Proficiency Requirements
Required (Intermediate): Spanish
Required Proficiency

Applicants must register qualified language evaluator, such as a language instructor or a translator, to conduct the external assessment in the application. Being a native speaker alone does not qualify an individual to conduct the assessment.

Applicants who are native speakers do not need to complete an external evaluation.

Level of Proficiency
Required Languages
Additional Language Requirement

Intermediate to Advanced Spanish is required. Teaching will be conducted in Spanish.

Applicants who do not have Spanish proficiency may be considered if the project does not require it and/or could be successful with an interpreter. Applicants with limited language proficiency must also submit the language evaluation. 

Additional Qualification Information

Ph.D. is preferred, but master's degree with five years of teaching experience is acceptable.

Additional Comments

Applicants without contacts in El Salvador may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance with affiliation. Inquiries may be directed to Fernando Herrera, Cultural Affairs Specialist. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential hosts.

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. Dependent travel will not be provided.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$1,000 books and educational materials allowance will be provided for teaching and teaching/research grants; these materials should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee'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 dependent. These amounts range from $200/month to $400/month.

In addition, travel allowances are provided for up to two dependents. These amounts range from $1,600 to $3,200.

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

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, Mexico, 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.

El Salvador

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

El Salvador faces many challenges and, while academia is no exception, opportunities for U.S. scholars are everywhere, particularly in engineering, hard sciences, natural resources and business development.

While most universities favor the social sciences and funding for research can be scarce, the country has a budding economy in renewable energy and several good universities, including Universidad Don Bosco (UDB), have started academic programs in the field and would welcome collaboration with U.S. scholars. There is also a great need for technical and business development expertise, particularly in the area of entrepreneurship. The excellent private business university, ESEN, is doing work in these areas, as well as engineering, and would make a good potential host institution in those fields. While the University of El Salvador is the largest and only public university, institutional obstacles can make a successful placement there challenging.

The first semester of most universities is early January to mid-June, and the second semester is late June to early December. For teaching/research projects, candidates should plan a 60/40 teaching/research ratio. The U.S. Embassy in San Salvador will arrange or confirm affiliations for all grants. In some cases requested grant lengths may be adjusted at the discretion of the Fulbright program.

Short-term flex grants for teaching, research or teaching/research, for one-to-three month segments over one or two consecutive years, are available. Final approval of flex grants will be contingent upon available funding.

Cases of the Zika virus have been reported in the Western Hemisphere. As you prepare your Fulbright application, we encourage you to read the information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

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