All Disciplines (Teaching, Research, Teaching/Research or Professional Projects)
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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.
The aim of the award is to allow different categories of scholars - scientists, researchers and lecturers, to come to Slovakia to conduct research or teach. In addition to traditional research and/or lecturing, professional projects are welcome as well.
When interested in teaching award category - awardees are expected to teach minimum of two courses at undergraduate and/or graduate level. They may also be expected to assist with students’ final theses and consultations. They may be requested by the host institution to assist with the development of curricula and study programs.
In research category, awardees may conduct research in any field of specialization.
Awardees who are interested in combination of teaching/research are strongly recommended to discuss the time allotment for proposed activities with the host institution. They are expected to teach at least one course in addition to research activities.
Professional projects are aimed at further professional development (education/training). Project should include a description of planned activities from which will the applicant benefit in the terms of professional growth, applicant’s field, home organization and/or community.
Award Length: one semester (three to five months)
Award Dates: Grants in teaching or teaching/research category must begin in September 2023 or in January/February 2024. Research and professional projects can be conducted from September 2023 to June 2024 (or to August 2024 when availability confirmed by the potential host institution in the invitation letter)
It is highly recommended that the applicants contact the Commission if they do not have established any contact with potential host institution or if they are seeking help with securing an appropriate invitation letter.
All teaching will be in English. Proficiency in Slovak language to complete the research project may be required for specific projects, e.g. studying documents in archives or similar projects, where knowledge of the Slovak language is necessary.
For research, teaching and research/teaching award, Ph.D. is required.
For professionals projects applicants, Ph.D. is not required.
For research only category: all academics $2,500 per month
For teaching and teaching/research category:
- Early career academics $2,800 per month
- Mid-career and senior-career academics $3,000 per month
Additional housing allowance of $700 - $900 per month provided for grantees to arrange their own housing. Housing allowance is determined on the city of placement.
Additional maintenance allowance of $200/month for one accompanying dependent and $300/month for two or more dependents. If a grantee is accompanied by dependent(s), small adjustments are made in housing and travel allowances.
Dependents must remain in the country for 80% of the grant period to qualify for the allowances.
Travel allowance: $2,500.
Additional dependent travel allowance of $500 for one dependent and $1,000 for two or more dependents.
Dependents must remain in the country for 80% of the grant period to qualify for the allowance.
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.
Some basic figures (year 2021): average monthly salary € 1,239; average labor cost of € 1,702; unemployment rate of 7.9%; population of 5.4 mil.; GDP of 91.6 bil. Following website https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=Slovak… allow you to compare average prices of rent, activities, etc. in Slovakia to prices of your home city. According to the webpage, "Cost of living in Slovakia is, on average, 36.46% lower than in United States. Rent in Slovakia is, on average, 61.76% lower than in United States."
Based on the candidate's permanent residency in the U.S., an allowance of up to $1,500 will be provided for obtaining a Slovak national visa.
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.
Slovakia is located in the heart of Central Eastern Europe with its capital Bratislava. The country has a rich European history and traditions, beautiful nature, high-quality culture and wonderful people. Slovakia has gone through interesting political development in last 30 years (the country itself was founded in 1993 by the division of former Czechoslovakia) and therefore offers wide possibilities for research in social, political and economic sciences.
Slovakia is a market-driven economy and its development is among the most successful of all Central European countries. It is fully integrated European country – member of the EU and NATO since 2004, member of Euro Zone since 2009 and its stable economy attracts foreign investors. The country is also a member of the Schengen zone, it is easily accessible and foreigners can enter not only through Bratislava or Košice airport but they can also fly to Vienna, a major international airport just 50 min drive from Bratislava. Some basic figures include (year 2021): average monthly salary € 1,239; average labor cost of € 1,702; unemployment rate of 7.9%; population of 5.4 mil.; GDP of 91.6 bil.; literacy is 99% and life expectancy is 80ys for females and 72ys for males (following website allow you to compare average prices of rent, activities, etc. in Slovakia to prices of your home city).
The higher education and research system is integrated into the European Education and Research Area. There are over 23 public and more than 10 private universities and colleges. The academic year starts September 1st and runs through end of August, divided into two semesters (summer and winter). Winter courses run from mid-September/ end September through Christmas break with exam period in January – mid/February. Summer courses start in mid/February through May with exam period in June.
Applications are welcomed in all disciplines. Scholars may teach independently or co-teach with Slovak colleagues and they are also invited to give lectures or participate in seminars. If an applicant prefers combining teaching with research, the time distribution can be agreed upon with the host institution. Assistance with supervising undergraduate and graduate student theses is welcomed. Language of instruction is English. They can also build potential linkages for future cooperation both on the student and faculty level. Applicants who do not have extensive academic or professional experience in Slovakia will be given preference. Affiliations are possible at a variety of academic and research institutions. Opportunities also exist for collaboration with public officials and professionals at other institutions. Double affiliations may be requested. An invitation letter is desirable, but the Commission can help arrange an appropriate placement.
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