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.
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 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.
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
September 2023 - April 2024
Award Length
3 months - 10 months
Flex Option
Saudi Arabia
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

Host institutions welcome scholars to conduct research, teach undergraduate or graduate courses, carry out a combination of teaching and research activities, or carry out a professional project. Additional activities may include conducting seminars for advanced students or faculty, consulting on curriculum, supervising theses, advising students on research and speaking to selected Saudi audiences of relevant backgrounds.  Teaching as a component of the exchange, where appropriate, is highly encouraged, but not required.

There are no requirements for a teaching/research ratio, as this depends on the interests of, and agreement between, the scholar and the host institution. However, the applicant should plan to engage in the university community of the host institution. In addition to the research caseload, the scholar should plan to supervise students, give lectures, work with student clubs where applicable, and engage with other faculty within his or her host institution department.  The scholar is also encouraged to establish institutional collaborations between U.S. institutions and the host institution. 

For teaching grants, there are no requirements for teaching load, but the most common in-classroom teaching load is two to 20 hours per week, in addition to significant engagement outside of the classroom. 

More information about application requirements, including project proposals, is available here.

The Professional Project activity provides professionals and artists in various fields the opportunity to interact with relevant organizations to further their career goals. Professional Projects may include visits to organizations in the applicant's field, practical experience in day-to-day operations, public lectures, artist residencies, or other appropriate professional activities.

Location Selection: Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

In the Central Region:

In the Western Region:

Currently not allowed due to security situation in nearby Yemen, but could possibly be considered should things improve:

In the Eastern Province:

Award Length and Period

Three to 10 months

Academic terms are August through June. Host institution dates may vary up to two weeks, and the calendar may be adjusted around the Islamic calendar and holidays. One-semester awards are possible. Grants must be completed between September 2023 and June 2024.

Flex Description

Applicants must make a strong case for why the Flex option is required for their project. Generally, Flex grants should be used to for research projects that observe behavior or participation rates over time or are seasonal in nature (festivals, religious activities). Flex grants may also be used to complete teaching or combined teaching/research activities that require follow-up visits. Flex applicants should submit possible courses for consideration and/or cite all research locations in their applications.


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
Special Features

During their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Middle East and North Africa region may apply for a short-term regional travel grant (five to 14 days) for participation in a variety of activities including faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, conferences, or some combination thereof. Scholars who apply for the Flex award are ineligible for the Regional Travel Program.

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

A letter of invitation from an accredited institution of higher education, think tank, research center, or government agency in Saudi Arabia is required. Interested applicants are encouraged to establish contact with potential host institutions as early as possible. Faculty and/or administrators in Saudi Arabia may be difficult to reach from June through August.  All host affiliations and research proposals must be approved by the Government of Saudi Arabia. Therefore, the selection process may require additional time. Each candidate is responsible for the arrangement of their institutional affiliations, including the finalization of the proposed activity and activity dates.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

Most teaching in undergraduate courses in science and technology, and many subjects at the graduate level, is in English; proficiency in another language for these subjects is not necessary. For research grants, English language proficiency is usually sufficient to complete the research project.  Applicants must demonstrate the feasibility of conducting research in English in the project proposal, where applicable. Some knowledge of Arabic is very useful in daily life in Saudi Arabia, but is not a requirement for program eligibility. 

Additional Comments

Housing, local transportation, visa sponsorship and other logistics are typically arranged through the host institution. The U.S. Embassy/Consulate will provide additional support services related to the professional aspects of the Fulbright grant (as needed), and will provide orientation to scholars upon arrival to Saudi Arabia. 

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

$2,375 for relocation, in-transit, and excess baggage fees.

Plus a round-trip, economy-class, international travel arranged by travel agent selected by IIE.

For Flex grants: round trip travel will be included for each segment of the grant. The relocation, in-transit, and excess baggage allowance will be divided by number of segments. 

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$950 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.

$2,000 research allowance for research-only grants.

Additional Dependent Benefits

Additional living (monthly) allowance is provided for grantees with one dependent or two or more dependents. These amounts range from $200/month to $400/month.

Round-trip, economy-class, international travel is arranged by travel agent selected by IIE, for up to two dependents. Dependent travel will not be provided for Flex grants.

Dependent tuition allowance for dependents in grades K-12 is provided on a reimbursement basis upon submission of reciepts, and based on the availability of funds. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only.

  • One semester grants: up to $5,000 per child, or $10,000 per two children.
  • Two semester grants: up to $10,000 per child, or $20,000 per two children.
  • For Flex grants: dependent tuition allowance will not be provided.

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

Up to $900 per month or $9000 per 10-month grant, transportation allowance upon submission of receipts. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of transportation and fees only.

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.

Saudi Arabia

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The ultimate goal of the Fulbright program in Saudi Arabia is to increase mutual understanding between the people of Saudi Arabia and the United States, and to build institutional partnerships. Saudi Arabia has a vibrant, youthful majority, with about 51 percent of the population under the age of 25. The Government of Saudi Arabia invests significantly in youth and educational programs inside and outside the country. Additionally, Saudi Arabia regards the United States as the top destination for high quality education and training. Saudi Arabia ranks fifth of all nations sending students to study in the United States. Saudi Arabia is a conservative country and Fulbright scholars should be aware of social norms, local cultural traditions, and host institution regulations. Public Affairs Offices of the U.S. Mission Saudi Arabia work closely with local authorities and Ministries to ensure all necessary approvals are received, and stand ready to support scholars with any issue they might encounter.

Previous Fulbright Recipients
Dr. Youssef Sari at a gathering with university faculty from King Saud University.


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