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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.
Grants with a primary focus on teaching – Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses chosen by the host institution and/or the applicants. Conduct seminars or workshops, consult on course design and curriculum development, provide in-service training for faculty as requested, and advise and mentor students.
Grants with a combined teaching/research focus – No less than 75% of grant activity will be dedicated to teaching or related activities (teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses of the host institution and/or of the applicants’ choosing; conduct seminars or workshops; consult on course design and curriculum development; provide in-service training for faculty as requested; and advise and mentor students). Conduct research according to interest, but no more than 25%.
Grants with a professional/artistic project focus - Conduct a professional and/or artistic project in the area of scholar’s expertise. The project may include professional consultations, mentoring, arranging exhibitions, preparation of print materials (books, articles, reviews), exchange of experience with other professionals, and participation in public events. The grantee will not be engaged in research but may be invited to deliver a public lecture.
For Flex grants, see Flex Option box.
Scholars selected for this grant will be required to attend a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation in Summer 2023.
Any university from the list: https://studyin.lt/universities/
Applicants are encouraged to obtain letters of invitation. The U.S. Embassy in Lithuania will assist in confirming a scholars’ affiliation.
The typical academic calendar is September 1 through mid-June. Fall semester is September-December, and spring semester is January-June.
Grants with a primary focus on teaching and teaching/research activities should correspond with the academic year. For grant lengths of four to five months (approximately one semester) they must begin in September 2023 or January 2024. For grant lengths of six to 10 months (approximately two semesters) they must begin in September 2023.
Grants with a primary focus on a professional/artistic project are strongly encouraged to arrive along the same timeline as above. However, based upon conversations with the host institution and the Embassy, the project could begin anytime in or after September 2023 as long as the grantee allows enough time for the project to be completed by August 2023.
If grantees must begin their grants in August or December, they may not receive an in-country orientation until September or January.
The Embassy cannot support grant arrival/start dates in the months of June, July, August, and December for any projects, including the first component of FLEX projects.
For Flex grants, see Flex Option box.
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.
The host university will help to find housing.
All teaching will be in English.
For research grant, professional grant, and artist grant activity, language fluency sufficient to complete the proposed project is required. Feasibility of conducting research or undertaking the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
A Ph.D. or other terminal degree is required for academics.
A Ph.D. or other terminal degree is not required for artists and experienced professionals.
Community college faculty are welcome.
For teaching and teaching/research grant activity, preference will be given to applicants with at least five years of teaching experience.
All grantees are required to obtain a multi-entry National D visa before arriving to Lithuania. Visa information: https://www.migracija.lt/mokslas
English-language school options for dependent children are available in a numbers of cities in Lithuania. The Fulbright Program is unable to cover the costs of English-language private schools.
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.
$750- books and educational materials allowance for teaching and teaching/research grants; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure.
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.
For Flex grants: dependent tuition allowance will not be provided.
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.
Costs of Living Estimates (Vilnius) Cost over full fellowship period (10 months) Housing - $10,000 Utilities - $2,000 Food and Local Transportation - $11,765 Total - $23,765
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.
Lithuania, the largest and southernmost of the three Baltic States, boasts a lively cultural and intellectual scene. It is a member of the European Union and a NATO ally. Because of the large Lithuanian diaspora, many Lithuanians have ties to the United States or experience living and working there. English is widely spoken and understood. Still, many Americans know little about Lithuania. Below are some misleading stereotypes about Lithuania that we wish to debunk as you consider applying to be a Fulbrighter in this great country.
History: Lithuania is a very young country.
Lithuania is in fact a very old country! Lithuanian lands were united in 1236; over the next century, through alliances and conquest, Lithuania extended its territory to include most of present-day Belarus and Ukraine. By the end of the 14th century Lithuania was the largest state in Europe. An alliance with Poland in 1386 led the two countries into a union through the person of a common ruler. In 1569, Lithuania and Poland formally united into a single dual state, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. This entity survived until 1795 when its remnants were partitioned by surrounding countries. Lithuania regained its independence following World War I but was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. On 11 March 1990, Lithuania became the first of the Soviet republics to declare its independence, but Moscow did not recognize this proclamation until September of 1991 (following the abortive coup in Moscow). The last Russian troops withdrew in 1993. Lithuania subsequently restructured its economy for integration into Western European institutions; it joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004. In 2015, Lithuania joined the euro zone, and it joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2018.
Language: The Lithuanian language is a version of Russian.
Wrong! The Lithuanian language is one of the oldest and most archaic languages in Europe. It belongs to the Baltic language group (together with Latvian) and has always used the Latin alphabet.
Geography: Lithuania is in Eastern Europe and is land-locked.
Many call Lithuania an “Eastern European” country because of the former political division of Europe (behind the Iron Curtain or not). In fact, the geographical center of Europe is located 26 km from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The country is on the Baltic sea and is proud of its sandy beaches, large commercial seaport, cruise terminal, and coastal resort towns. The scenery is breathtaking and the forests enchanting. Lithuania is also rich in mineral water and fresh drinking water (you can drink straight from the tap!).
People: Lithuanians are very cold, unfriendly people.
Generally, Lithuanians may seem to be reserved, cold, and distant. The locals are naturally quiet which is sometimes mistaken by some as an unwelcoming attitude. It takes time to understand Lithuanians and make friends with them. But once you get to know the Lithuanians, you will see that they are friendly, warm, and nice people.
Safety: Lithuania is a dangerous country.
Lithuania is a relatively safe country with very little anti-American sentiment. However, visitors should take standard precautions, as in any other country. It is important to note that while the law prohibits discrimination against ethnic or national minorities, persons with disabilities, or discrimination based on sexual orientation, intolerance and societal discrimination persist. For more information on safety in Lithuania, we recommend you read:
We hope that answers some of your questions about the country and what life is like here.
Fulbrighters are advised to work with real estate agents to find housing based on grantees’ priorities. Sometimes host institutions can offer guest housing. In Lithuania, only furnished apartments are offered for rent. The prices you see in the advertisements are before the 15% personal income tax, so be ready to pay more. Internet access usually is not included in the rent, but is cheap. The deposit (advance payment) in Lithuania is approximately 2-3 months of the rent price. At the end of the rent period, the deposit is returned if an apartment is not damaged or there are no debts.
General education providers can be state or private. Current types of general education include primary school, pre-gymnasium or basic secondary school, and gymnasium. The general education system lasts 12 years and consists of the following stages:
Primary education: it is compulsory and lasts for four years, from ages seven to 11 (in exceptional cases from 6 to ten).
Basic secondary education: it is compulsory and lasts for six years (ages ten/eleven to sixteen/seventeen). Basic secondary education consists of two stages. The first stage is four years in duration (5th to 8th grades) and the second stage is two years in duration (9th to 10th grades, I-II grades in gymnasium). Basic secondary education is offered by basic secondary schools, pre-gymnasiums, and special schools.
Upper secondary education: it is available to everybody who has successfully completed basic education. It lasts for two years (ages seventeen/eighteen to eighteen/nineteen). Upper secondary education is offered by gymnasiums and special schools.
Higher Education is provided by state and private higher education establishments. The Lithuanian university system has three major types of institutions: Universitetai (research universities); kolegijos (cooperative universities with joint four-year bachelor’s and professional degrees); and research academies. The framework of the degree system in Lithuania is a four-year bachelor’s degree that is strictly discipline-based (no general education, no broad liberal arts curricula), followed by a two-year master’s degree in the same discipline. Doctoral programs are usually completed in four years. The nation's leading universities are located in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Klaipeda. Academic exchanges between the United States and Lithuania started in 1992. Since then most Lithuanian universities have been seeking to establish long-lasting partnerships with one or several American institutions of higher education. The Lithuanian university system is embedded in European efforts to harmonize structures and improve the mobility and options for Europeans and Americans alike. The academic year is September to June, with the second semester beginning in February. Visiting lecturers conduct all teaching in English.
Schooling for dependents: There are four International baccalaureate schools in Lithuania Vilnius, Kaunas, Siauliai, and Klaipeda, and several schools with English as the language of instruction in Vilnius and Kaunas. At universities, studies in English are available together with international Erasmus program students at every university.
Lithuania has an extensive public transportation system. It is relatively cheap, reliable, and safe. It includes buses and trains. Each Lithuanian city has a single bus station where the most buses leave from. Buses between the main cities are very frequent, with Vilnius-Kaunas buses leaving each terminal station every 30 minutes. Bus routes connecting the main cities to regional towns run usually at least two to three times a day. If you go from one small town to another, it might be wise to connect through a larger city. You can buy bus tickets in advance on-line or in the bus station, however, it is also possible to acquire them from the bus driver. Many buses have We-Fi. Food is not served.
Lithuanian railroads are not on par with those in Western Europe. Before planning to go somewhere by rail, you should first check the map of Lithuanian railroads if both your origin and destination have a rail connection and whether there is a relatively straight route. Vilnius-Kaunas route is operated by modern double-decker trains that are significantly faster than buses. The comfort in buses and trains is about the same. There are no significantly different rail classes, but Vilnius-Klaipėda train seats are better than those on the shorter routes. Tickets are available on-line and in the train stations.
Lithuania has three international airports. Vilnius International Airport (VNO) is the largest one, frequented both by the regular and low-cost carriers. Kaunas International Airport (KUN) is a Ryanair hub with few other services. Palanga International Airport (PLQ) offers several routes to Scandinavian countries, London, and Frankfurt. All the Lithuanian airports are connected to the city centers and among themselves by public transport. Each of the Lithuanian international airports has a car rental facility within its arrival hall. Generally, Western Europe and Southern Europe are both well-served by air routes from Lithuania. A few Eastern European cities are also served but going anywhere beyond that (e.g. the Balkans, America or Asia) you'll need a transfer via such major European hub airports as Istanbul (Turkish Airlines, convenient for Middle East, Asia and Africa), Helsinki (Finnair, convenient for Asia), Frankfurt (Lufthansa, convenient for America), Copenhagen (SAS, convenient for Europe and North America) Warsaw (LOT, convenient for Europe and ex-USSR) or Riga (Air Baltic, convenient for Europe and ex-USSR).
Medical care in Lithuania has improved, but facilities may be limited outside urban areas and medical facilities do not always meet Western standards. For emergency services in Lithuania, dial 112 (English-speaking operators are available). Ambulance services are widely available, but training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards. All foreigners of non-European Union countries seeking entry into Lithuania must carry proof of a medical insurance policy contracted for payment of all costs of hospitalization and medical treatment valid in the Schengen zone. For Fulbrighters, the Accident Sickness and Prevention (ASPE) policy covers this requirement, and they may opt to purchase other health insurance to cover other costs.
Fulbright grantees must apply for and receive a National D visa before departure to Lithuania. Navigate to https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ltu. Follow the instructions to apply for the National a D-type visa, including filling out the electronic application form at https://visa.vrm.lt/epm/pages/applications/applicationEdit.xhtml and scheduling an appointment as soon as possible at the nearest VFS application center at https://www.vfsglobal.com/Lithuania/USA/schedule-an-appointment.html (all applications will then be forwarded to the Lithuanian Consulate in Chicago). All grantees must work with the host institution to get the invitational letter (mediation letter uploaded into the visa electronic system.
Additional information about Lithuania:
For additional information about Lithuania, Fulbrighters may wish to log on to www.inyourpocket.com and select appropriate city (e.g. Vilnius, Kaunas, Siauliai, ect.).
U.S. Embassy in Lithuanian website and Social Media:
Reflections by recent U.S. Scholars to Lithuania:
"I am confident that the relationships I formed in Vilnius will continue into the future in both planned and unplanned ways." - Kathryn Knapp, 2016-2017
"The opportunity to fully concentrate on professional development in an immersion environment is transformative. My Fulbright experiences have shaped major life decisions and directed my career in measurable and significant ways." Anthony Stellaccio, 2016-2017
"My Fulbright experience has opened an entirely new research and repertoire field for me. It also expanded my professional and social network. A new language acquisition for me and my family made us more sensitive to diversity in cultural and educational environments." San-ky Kim, 2015-2016
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