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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.
Teach courses in an area of specialization and consult on curriculum development, as needed. Undertake research projects (for teaching/research) in area/s of specialization. Depending on the profile of the candidate, he/she may conduct a professional and/or artistic project. Regardless of the main bulk of activities, candidates are encouraged to include a teaching component in their project. Affiliations with NGOs and otherwise not strictly academic institutions are allowed.
For teaching applications, the number of courses may be a maximum of two courses per semester, and no more than three per academic year, the teaching load being reduced by 50% for projects involving research activities besides teaching.
Possible Romanian host universities include (listed by city):
Bucharest: Politehnica University of Bucharest; University of Bucharest; Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism; National School of Political Science and Public Administration; Bucharest University of Economic Studies; National University of Music; National University of Theatre and Film I.L. Caragiale; Technical University of Civil Engineering
Constanta: Ovidius University
Craiova: University of Craiova
Sibiu: Lucian Blaga University
Targu Mures: University of Medicine and Pharmacy
Affiliation to be confirmed by the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission, but applicant may indicate preference.
Four or nine months. Under certain circumstances, the Fulbright Commission in Romania may consider three months (minimum).
One-semester grants begin in October 2023 (Fall Semester) or February 2024 (Spring Semester); two-semester grants must begin in October 2023. For grants involving research, there may be a certain limited flexibility, with the agreement of the host institution.
All teaching will be in English; proficiency in another language is not required.
For research, language proficiency sufficient to complete the proposed project is required. For applicants without local language proficiency, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
The Program is open to academics, professionals, and artists.
Please note that for teaching or teaching/research grants, Ph.D. or other terminal degree is required.
For professional projects, Ph.D. is not required, but applicants should have a minimum of seven years of professional experience. Applications are accepted from university faculty, and from professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, or independent scholars outside of academia who have recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments.
The Commission will arrange host institution affiliation for applicants whose projects are not located at a specific institution. For host institution information, contact Mihai Moroiu, American Program Director, Romania-U.S. Fulbright Commission in Bucharest: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant professor or below: $2,900
Associate or full professor: $3,100
SPECIAL AWARD BENEFITS
Additional Stipend: $1,400 for maintenance and housing; the stipend is increased to $1,600 for one or more accompanying dependents.*
*The Additional Stipend is disbursed in RON as specified in the Terms and Conditions of the Award. The USD amounts are subject to slight changes due to currency fluctuations.
DEPENDENT SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE: $100 per month for one dependent / $200 per month for two or more dependents who accompany the grantee for at least 80 percent of the grant period
TRAVEL AND RELOCATION
Travel Allowance: $1,800
Relocation Allowance: $1,400
DEPENDENT TRAVEL AND RELOCATION ALLOWANCE: $2,200 one-time payment for one accompanying dependent / $4,400 for two or more dependents who accompany the grantee for at least 80 percent of the grant period
In-country work-related travel: The Fulbright Commission reimburses travel costs for active participation (e.g. as lecturer, speaker, consultant) in academic activities, such as conferences, seminars, and workshops organized by other universities in the Romania (depending on availability of funds).
Enrichment opportunities: In-country orientation (beginning of both semesters), winter holidays meeting, and end-of-the-year meeting
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.
Thanks to its historical circumstances and geographical position north of the Balkan Peninsula, on the Lower Danube River and bordering the Black Sea, Romanian culture is a unique mix of Central and Eastern European elements, with Roman, Greek, and Slavic influences.
Higher education in Romania has undergone deep structural transformations in the past decades, having changed from a state-controlled system before 1990 to a more competitive one with a larger number of students and growing research activities and presence in the international academic community. The quality of the higher education sector is expected to improve in the coming years due to legislated educational reforms and increased funding. Internationalization and academic mobility are becoming one of the priorities of Romanian higher education institutions.
The Fulbright Program in Romania
The Fulbright Program has been present in Romania since 1960, and it is highly appreciated and valued, as it brought durable changes on Romania’s path to progress and democratization, and profoundly influenced lives and professional careers, communities at large. Since 1960, over 3300 Romanians and Americans participated in these exchanges, benefitting from funding for graduate studies, research, teaching and cultural exchanges in general.
The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission was inaugurated in May 1993 with the support of the American and Romanian Governments, following the bilateral agreement between the U.S. Department of State and the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Applicants are encouraged to visit the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission's website for current information on various grants, but also for updates, news and testimonials from our Fulbright grantees and alumni. For any additional information, please contact the Commission’s American Program Director Mihai Moroiu: email@example.com
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