Fulbright Postdoctoral Award

All Disciplines - Postdoctoral Award

Application Deadline
Thursday, September, 15, 2022
Award Code
13590-EZ
Activity Type
Research
Teaching/Research
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics

Number of recipients

Up To
5
Award Start Period
September 2023
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January 2024
Award Length
3 months
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9 months
Flex Option
No
Country
Czech Republic
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Advise and/or mentor students
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

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

Postdoctoral fellows are recent graduates within 5 years of completing their PhD studies, undertaking original research, publishing research findings, developing and expanding personal research networks.Lecturing may be requested by the host institution.

Locations Detail

Czech public universities and Czech research institutions

Award Length and Period

Three to nine months

September 2023 to May 2024. Projects have to be completed within given academic year, at latest June 30, 2024.

One semester grants start in September or late January/early February. Nine-months grants start in September. 

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
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

Letter of invitation should state the dates of grant, name of the host contact person/supervisor, accessibility of research facilities, and extent of other support provided. In-person conduct of the project actvities should be confirmed by the host, too.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Czech Fulbright Commission (fulbright@fulbright.cz) to explore possibilities of affiliation if needed.

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

Ph.D. conferred within past five years.

Award Allowances

The monthly stipend covering all living costs is $2,500 USD for a grantee.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Grantee receives $1,500 USD to cover travel costs.

Additional Dependent Benefits

Dependent allowance of $300 per month for one dependent, $500 per month for two dependents and $700 per month for three or more dependents.

Dependent travel allowance of $700 per dependent.

(Dependent allowances are paid only for those dependents who accompany the grantee for at least 80 percent of the grant period.)

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

Cost of living in the Czech Republic varies in regions and individual cities. For estimates visit for example: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=Czech+… Family of four estimated monthly costs are 47,348.91Kč without rent. A single person estimated monthly costs are 14,049.63Kč without rent. Cost of living in Czech Republic is, on average, 33.83% lower than in United States. Rent in Czech Republic is, on average, 58.25% lower than in United States.

Special Award Benefits

September Orientation and Mid-year conference: Orientation brings new U.S. Fulbright scholars in the Czech Republic together for a four-day program in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Local costs (accommodations, meals, activities, local travel) are paid for by Fulbright Commission. The same model applies for the Mid-year Conference held at the end of January. The Mid-year conference serves also as Orientation for grantees coming for Spring semester and brings together all grantees present in the country.

In-country and Inter-country lecturing program: The Fulbright Commission reimburses in-country travel costs for lecturing at Czech academic institutions and enables access to Fulbright inter-country lecturing program within Europe.

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.

Czech Republic

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Situated in the very heart of the European continent, the Czech Republic boasts a rich history and proud people. From Bohemia in the west to Moravia in the east, ancient castles and monasteries grace the landscape, together with beautiful forests and mountains. Yet the Czech Republic’s true dynamism comes as much from its modern people and culture as from its historical features. The Czech Republic is one of the most prosperous of the former communist states, having privatized much of the economy since becoming a democracy under Vaclav Havel in 1989. Its education system is of world-class quality. The country’s higher education system consists of over 25 public and more than 40 private universities and colleges placed in Prague and other major cities of the Czech Republic.

The academic year is from mid-September through May or June, scholars coming for the first semester or whole academic year are expected to participate in the in-country orientation in September. The length of the fall semester for teachers is three to four months. Second semester begins in February and usually lasts four months, the scholars coming for the second semester are expected to participate in the mid-year conference at the very end of January. Applications are welcome in all disciplines. For lecturing, preference may be given to subjects related to the United States, and to applicants who will assist with curriculum and program development at their host institutions. Affiliations are possible with a variety of academic institutions, but opportunities also exist for collaboration with public officials and professionals at other institutions. 

Housing opportunities differ in various places. Grantees are encouraged to ask their hosts for assistance while searching for suitable accommodation. There is no special housing allowance, nevertheless the monthly stipend easily covers adequate housing options. Local resources are available in the Handbook for US grantees on our website https://www.fulbright.cz/en/grantees-and-alumni/current-grantees/

Medical care provided in the CR is of high quality and the insurance provided by ASPE covers almost any treatment needed. Most physicians are competent and are able to communicate in English. Expats ocassionally use services of private clinics, where all the staff is completely fluent in English. Private insurance may be accepted at these clinics. If you have U.S. medical insurance, call your insurer and ask about overseas coverage and requirements. 

Generally, the Czech Republic is counted among 10 safest countries in the world. The Fulbright Commission encourages families to participate in the program. Numerous private (relatively costly) international schools and kindergardens are available in major cities. The Fulbright Commission does not provide any tuition allowance. Local schools (free of charge) can be an option especially for grantees coming for the whole academic year. 

Applicants are encouraged to view the Fulbright Commission's website for current information about programs and practicalities of living in the Czech Republic. Consultations are welcome at kloubova@fulbright.cz.

 

Previous Fulbright Recipients

Booklets of current and former US grantees are available on our website https://www.fulbright.cz/en/grantees-and-alumni/current-grantees/ For their shared experiences and reflections see our blog http://czechfulbright.blogspot.com/ To stay updated about activities of our grantees join the community of Czech Fulbright on facebook https://www.facebook.com/czechfulbright and instagram https://www.instagram.com/czechfulbright/

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