Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Award Code
Activity Type
Professional Project
A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.
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.

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
October 2023 or February 2024
Award Length
3 months, or 4 months, or 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
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

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 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.

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Award Length and Period

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. 

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.
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 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.

Additional Qualification Information

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.

Additional Comments

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: mihai.moroiu@fulbright.ro


Award Allowances


Monthly payment:

Assistant professor or below: $2,900

Associate or full professor: $3,100



Monthly payment:

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

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee


One-time payments:

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


Special Award Benefits

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.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

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: mihai.moroiu@fulbright.ro

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Previous Fulbright Recipients

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