Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
13453-PM
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.
Research
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
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.
Teaching/Research
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
Artists
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
Higher Education Administrators and Executives
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of administrators or executives with a focus on the international dimensions of their campuses.
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.
Professionals
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

Approximately
2
Award Start Period
August 2023 - May 2024
Award Length
4 months - 9 months
Flex Option
Yes
Country
Panama
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
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

Panama's academic community welcomes professionals and scholars to teach undergraduate courses, lead seminars for students and faculty, assist in curricular development, advise students and/or combine teaching with research under the teaching/research option. For teaching/research projects, candidates should plan a 60/40 ratio of teaching to research. 

Locations
Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Any public or private institution in Panama, except in the Darien for security reasons.

The following (non-exhaustive) list of institutions have indicated interest in collaborating with prospective Fulbright Scholars:

Ciudad del Saber/ City of Knowledge-Panama: Study abroad – Academy global engagement model. Assist in designing a program to increase study abroad activity to and from Panama by sharing best practices and strategies.

Universidad de Panamá
Universidad Autónoma de Chiriquí
Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá
Universidad Tecnológica OTEIMA
Universidad de las Américas en Chiriquí 
Universidad de las Américas
ISAE Universidad
Universidad Marítima Internacional de Panamá
Universidad Latina de Panamá
Universidad del Istmo

Alcaldia de Changuinola 

Alcaldia de Almirante

Award Length and Period

6 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 any time after August 2023. For Flex grants, see Flex Option section.

All Scholars to Panama are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which typically takes place in late June, prior to beginning their Fulbright grant.

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
No
SEGMENTS MAY BE PROPOSED FOR Up to a 2 year PERIOD
2 or 3 Segments MAY BE PROPOSED
MAXIMUM LENGTH OF THE TOTAL GRANT IS 6 MONTH(S)
MINIMUM LENGTH OF THE TOTAL GRANT IS 4 MONTH(S)
Areas of Interest

Research projects related to the reduction of social and economic inequality, improved quality of education in middle or high schools and/or engagement with marginalized populations or indigenous communities are particularly welcome. 

Ciudad del Saber seeks applicants with experience in designing or managing study abroad programs.  

 

Special Features

Ciudad del Saber will assist scholar with finding housing and will provide a space for research, access to the internet and virtual libraries.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Not applicable – all U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, regardless of dual citizenship or residency.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is optional.
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.

Required Proficiency
Intermediate
Required Languages
Spanish
Additional Language Requirement

Intermediate to advanced Spanish is required for all institutions with the exception of: 

Ciudad del Saber: Spanish fluency is preferred but not required

Additional Qualification Information

Ph.D. is preferred, but master's degree plus relevant experience is acceptable. 

A terminal degree is not required for all affiliations.

Ciudad del Saber: A terminal degree is preferred but not required. Professionals outside of academia with experience in designing or managing study abroad programs are preferred.  

Researcher and Professional Project Monthly Allowances
$3970
$4220
Teaching or Teaching/Research Award Monthly Allowances
$4740
$4990
Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

$2,550

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 for teaching and teaching/research grants; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure. 

$300 - $500 research allowance for research grants only.

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.

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, México, 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 note that the Regional Travel Program is currently paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All eligible Scholars will be notified of its reopening, which is dependent on the status of the global health situation.

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.

Panama

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The demand in Panama for visiting professionals, scholars, senior lecturers and researchers at host institutions has increased greatly. Host institutions will benefit from their experience, different perspectives, training and educational culture and achieve the goal of establishing long-lasting partnerships.

Scholars are expected to be affiliated with a Panamanian university/institution and the award may also involve multiple affiliations. The two-semester academic year in Panama normally runs from late February/early March to July and again from August to December.

For teaching/research projects, candidates should plan a 60/40 ratio between teaching and research. 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. More information about Panama can be found in the World Factbook

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.

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