Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
August 2023
Award Length
3 months - 6 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award will be required 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

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

Applicants may propose research projects or a combination of teaching/research in any discipline. We typically expect a ratio of about 40% teaching to 60% research. Applicants are also welcomed to apply for Professional Projects.

Award must be undertaken at one of the following institutions
Award Length and Period

4 months for non-Flex awards. 3 - 6 months for Flex awards. (Please see the Flex Description section for additional details on Flex award parameters.)

Grants must begin in August 2023. For Flex grants, see the Flex Option section. We typically recommend that Fulbright Scholars in The Bahamas time their program to coincide with the university academic year, which matches the U.S. academic year (starting in August, and ending in June).

Though applicants may propose to begin their programs in the spring semester (January 2024), they must demonstrate the concurrence of the host institution and a justification as to why they are choosing to start half-way through the academic year.

All Scholars to the Bahamas are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which typically takes place in late June 2023, prior to beginning their Fulbright grant. 

Flex Description

Flex awards are offered for teaching/research. research grants and professional projects.


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
2 or 3 Segments MAY BE PROPOSED
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 should not be sought.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Language Requirement


Additional Comments

Applicants may explore the UB website or contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance. U.S. Embassy Nassau point of contact: 

Lisa Moxey, Tel: 1-242-322-1181 ext. 4220; Email: MoxeyEA@state.gov

Researcher and Professional Project Monthly Allowances
Teaching or Teaching/Research Award Monthly Allowances
Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee


For Flex grants, round-trip travel will be included for each segment of the grant for the scholar only. Dependent travel will not be provided for Flex scholars.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$1,000 books and educational materials allowance for teaching and teaching/research grants; these materials should be donated to the host institution or other entity upon scholar's departure.

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

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 $450/month to $900/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.

Estimated Cost of Living

Housing Costs - $2,000 - $3,000 per month rental Utilities - $400 - $600 per month Cell Phone Plans available starting at $40.00 per month Day to Day Expenses - Food store ($200 - $400 per week) Transportation - Public Transit Available ($2.00 per trip), Private Vehicle Recommended

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.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The University of The Bahamas (UB) is the national public institution of higher education in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas with campuses throughout the archipelago. The main campus is located in the capital city of Nassau, on the island of New Providence. As it transitions to university status, the institution will continue to deliver excellent undergraduate teaching while developing new undergraduate and graduate programs, increasing research and innovation activities, and focusing its work in areas crucial to national development.

THE VISION: UB will be the nation’s primary resource for research and innovation and community engagement. It will meet the educational aspirations of its students and nurture their creativity. It will promote the values of learning, leadership and service.

THE MISSION: The mission of UB is to support and drive national development through teaching, research, innovation and service to the community.

THE UNIVERSITY: Much has been accomplished since the antecedent of UB, The College of The Bahamas, was created through an act of Parliament in 1974. UB stands on a noble and distinct legacy of unparalleled quality tertiary education, research and scholarship in The Bahamas. The university system equips students to excel in their chosen fields anywhere in the world. UB is a unique, multi-campus community that includes the Oakes Field Campus and Grosvenor Close Campus in New Providence, the Northern Bahamas Campus in East Grand Bahama and satellite centers in Abaco, Exuma and Andros. The Gerace Research Centre in San Salvador is a flourishing center of research, and a developing distance education platform makes the programs accessible to students throughout The Bahamas. Approximately 5,000 students are enrolled in a broad range of academic disciplines in the faculties of Business, Social and Educational Studies, Pure and Applied Sciences, Liberal and Fine Arts and the Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute. In addition to offering collaborative graduate degree programs in education, pharmacy, law and maritime studies, among others, UB’s own master’s degree programs include the MBA and the M.Sc. in Reading. The 13th largest employer in The Bahamas, UB has over 500 staff members, including full-time faculty and other personnel.

Short-term Flex grants for teaching/research and research for one- to three-month segments over one or two consecutive years are available for applicants. The Government of The Bahamas requires non-citizens/residents to receive a work permit before beginning their Fulbright grant. The institution will be responsible for liaising with government offices for the work permit process and must invest in the required fees to benefit from the services of the incoming scholar. If you have questions about this process, please contact Ms. Mayers, the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at the University of The Bahamas, at 242-302-4451.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: The Bahamian government has confirmed multiple cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas since the start of the pandemic. As you prepare your Fulbright application, please check the CDC Website for The Bahamas, as well as the U.S. Embassy in Nassau's COVID-19 information page for further detail. 

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