Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines


Application Deadline
Monday, September 16, 2024
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) 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

Up To
Award Start Period
September 2025 - November 2025 or January 2026 - March 2026
Award Length
3 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 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

The Scholar is expected to teach courses to undergraduate and graduate students (the exact hours, teaching load, and responsibilities will be negotiated directly with the host institution), perform collaborative research in cooperation with the host institution, and upon request of the host, provide advice for professional curriculum building, student advising, and supervision. Artists and professionals must follow the teaching or teaching/research activity requirements; however, artistic and professional projects are welcome during their grant.

For teaching/research grants, no less than 30% of the grant activity should be dedicated to teaching or teaching-related activities.

Scholars selected for this grant will be required to attend a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation in Summer 2025.

Location Selection: Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Applicants are encouraged to affiliate with one of the institutions listed in the Areas of Interest section.

Award Length and Period

Three to nine months

One-semester grants must begin in September/October/November 2025 or January/February/March 2026; two-semester grants must begin in September/October/November 2025. Depending on the host flexibility, grant dates might be flexible but are reviewed case-by-case.

Areas of Interest

Applicants are encouraged to affiliate with one of the following institutions:

University of Tartu https://ut.ee/en

General points of contact: kristi.kerge@ut.ee Kristi Kerge (Head of International Cooperation); eveli.soo@ut.ee Evelin Soo (Head of International Marketing), sirje.uprus@ut.ee Sirje Üprus (International Cooperation)

UT Research portal: https://ut.ee/en/research

TalTech Tallinn University of Technology, https://taltech.ee/en/


General points of contact:  , Reio Karu (Head of International Cooperation);  , Anna-Maria Nizovtseva, (International Cooperation Coordinator);  Kersti.vahi@taltech.ee; Kersti Vähi (Chief Officer of Research and Development Projects), anu.johannes@taltech.ee; Anu Johannes (Officer of Research and Development)reijo.karu@taltech.eeanna-maria.nizovtseva@taltech.ee

TalTech Research portal: https://taltech.ee/en/main-information-0

Tallinn University https://www.tlu.ee/en

General points of contact: madis.saluveer@tlu.ee Madis Saluveer (Head of Research Administration Office)

Tallinn University Research Administration Office: https://www.tlu.ee/en/taxonomy/term/94/contact-us

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, https://eamt.ee/en/

General points of contact: hanneleen.pihlak@eamt.ee, Hanneleen Pihlak, International Relations Coordinator; kai.kiiv@eatm.ee, Kai Kiiv, International Relations Specialist

Estonian Academy of Arts, https://www.artun.ee/en/home/

General point of contact: international@artun.ee, Sandra.mell@artun.ee, Sandra Mell, International Relations Specialist

Research portal of the Estonian Academy of Arts: https://www.artun.ee/en/research-and-development/research/research-at-eka/

Estonian University of Life Sciences, https://www.emu.ee/en

General point of contact: International Relations Officer Eve-Liis Abner, eve-liis.abroi@emu.ee; https://www.emu.ee/en/about-the-university/contact/

Estonian University of Life Sciences Research portal: https://www.emu.ee/en/research/

Estonian Aviation Academy, https://www.lennuakadeemia.ee/en

General point of contact: Vice rector Maiken Kull, maiken.kull@eava.ee


Special Features
1)	Ilya Buynevich at the ETV+ TV Program “Horizon”, November 2022
Ilya Buynevich at the ETV+ TV Program “Horizon”, November 2022

Dr. Ilya Buynevich (Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Temple University) spent three months in Estonia in 2022. During his time, he not only researched and taught coastal geology, but he also engaged with local audiences – both in schools and on public platforms – to talk about the United States, academics, and the Fulbright program.  His experience is not a stand-alone – interested Fulbright participants have ample opportunities to engage with diverse audiences in Estonia!  The U.S. Embassy Public Diplomacy Section is happy to help plan and support outreach activities. 

In addition to his placement as a researcher and lecturer at Tallinn University, Ilya delivered lectures at Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), University of Tartu, Vilnius University, and Kherson University (Ukraine). Ilya supported Embassy Tallinn’s outreach goals to spark interest in STEAM and study in the U.S. in Estonia’s Northeastern, mostly Russian speaking region, taking advantage of his Russian language skill. A two-day tour to Narva and Sillamäe led Ilya to speak to approximately 300 students about Zoogeomorphology, promoting lively discussions and answering questions about environment, climate change, animal behavior, and academic life in the United States. He conducted a number of media engagements, including interviews on local and national TV and radio stations, during which he highlighted his research, the Fulbright program, and academics in the United States.

Presentation at the Narva Pähklimäe High School in Narva, November 2022
Presentation at the Narva Pähklimäe High School in Narva, November 2022

These are just a few examples of the many ways you can enrich your Fulbright Scholar experience while in Estonia – and the Embassy is here to help you thrive!


Ilya Buynevich being interviewed by Sillamäe TV, November 2022
Ilya Buynevich being interviewed by Sillamäe TV, November 2022

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.
Dual citizens of the award country 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 required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Successful applicants will present a letter of invitation from the host institution. The U.S. Embassy in Tallinn may be able to assist with sharing appropriate contacts in addition to those provided in the award description. The Embassy PoC is Jane Susi, SusiJ@state.gov.

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.

For research, language proficiency sufficient to complete the proposed project is required. Applicants should address how they intend to conduct their project in the relevant language in their project statement.

Additional Qualification Information

Both academic and professional applicants must have at least three years of teaching experience at a university, college or community college at the time of application. Teaching assistantships do not count toward this three-year requirement.

Professional applicants and artists with the required teaching experience will be considered and evaluated by the host institution case by case.

Additional Comments

Applicants are encouraged to contact indicated host institutions to arrange an affiliation. If necessary, the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn can help to arrange an affiliation with one of the listed institutions.

For detailed information about specific institutional requests, contact U.S. Embassy Public Engagement Specialist Jane Susi, susij@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.

Do you offer 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, a travel allowance of $2,500 is provided for one dependent and $5,000 for two or more accompanying dependents. 

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.

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?

Estonia is a small Northern European country that has embraced new technologies and has seen tremendous development since regaining independence in 1991. The country may be best known as the birthplace of Skype, but since then many other start-ups founded here have gone global like Bolt, Wise, and Pipedrive. Estonia’s vibrant and innovative start-up culture is part of the reason it ranks among the most wired and technologically advanced countries in the world and is a leader in promoting Internet freedom. Most recently, Estonia has become a leader in providing e-government services, online voting and is now even offering e-residency

The capital city, Tallinn, was the European Green Capital in 2023. Tallinn’s medieval Old Town is brimming with charm and is full of restaurants, cafes, and cultural activities. Estonia’s belief in free speech contributes to its high freedom of press rankings. In 2023, Reporters Without Borders put the country 8th in its World Press Freedom index. In 2024, university city Tartu is the European Capital of Culture.  

Estonia has six public universities--all of which are home and host institutions to Fulbright participants. Additionally, Estonia has one private university, five private professional education institutions, and eight state professional education institutions. Interesting insight into Estonia is provided in this privately published online magazine. More about the higher education structure in Estonia can be found at the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research page.  

The academic year runs from September through June with January and June usually being reserved for examinations; there is also a two-week winter holiday. Teaching is in English and opportunities exist for research, especially in collaboration with Estonian scholars. Applicants can contact Fulbright staff at the U.S. Embassy in Estonia for further information to find additional contacts to those provided in award descriptions. There are ample opportunities for engagements throughout the country via the U.S. Embassy’s American Spaces program, and EducationUSA Advising Centre at the Tallinn University of Technology.  

English language education for dependents is available in Estonia in Tallinn and Tartu. In recent years, the Fulbright Program has been unable to provide tuition assistance for English language private schools. 

For further information, please contact Public Engagement Specialist at the Public Affairs Section, Jane Susi (SusiJ@state.gov) at the U.S. Embassy in Estonia. 

2017-2018 U.S. Scholar to Estonia Brenda Morton


Previous Fulbright Recipients

Brian Baer (Fulbright Scholar in Tartu, 2023) – bbaer@kent.edu (Translation and Semiotics)

Jules Yimga (Fulbright Scholar in Tartu, 2023) - yimgaj@erau.edu (Aviation Economics)

Andrea Wollensak (Fulbright Scholar in Tallinn, 2023) -  ajwol@conncoll.edu (Service Design and Visual Communication)

Ilya Buynevich (Fulbright Scholar in Tallinn, 2022) - coast@temple.edu (Geology)

Dawn Edminston (Fulbright Scholar in Tallinn, 2021) - dawn.edmiston@mason.wm.edu (Marketing and Advertising)

Rhonda Petree (Fulbright Scholar to Narva College of the University of Tartu in 2019) - rhondapetree@uwalumni.com (English Language Pedagogy)

Brenda Morton (Fulbright Scholar to University of Tartu in 2018) - bmorton@umhb.edu (Special Education and Pedagogy)

Chris Hunt (Fulbright Scholar in Tallinn, 2021) – suechrishunt@gmail.com (Engineering and Technology)

Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.