Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright-Masaryk University Distinguished Scholar

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
13151-EZ
Activity Type
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.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
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

Up To
2
Award Start Period
September 2023
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January 2024
Award Length
3 months
-
4 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
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
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

Teach a maximum of two courses at advanced undergraduate and graduate levels. Consult on curriculum development and discuss topic of specialization with faculty. Conduct research in area of specialization.

Locations
Award is hosted by the institution listed below
Locations Detail

Masaryk University, Brno
https://www.muni.cz/en

Award Length and Period

Three to four months

Grants must begin in mid-September or late January/early February.

Areas of Interest

The award is open in all the fields offered at the Masaryk University.

Special Features

Host institution can provide assistance with locating housing and schooling for dependents (English language pre-school, elementary and secondary school are available in Brno).

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is preferred.
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 extend of other support provided.

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 Language Requirement

All teaching will be in English.

 

Additional Qualification Information

Senior Scholar with at least seven years relevant experience sought.

Additional Comments

For more information, please contact:

The Fulbright Commission; Hana Ripkova, Executive Director, ripkova@fulbright.cz
or

Masaryk University;​ Vice-rector for internationalisation, prorektor.int@muni.cz

Award Allowances

$6,000 per month.

 

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

$1,500 travel grant 

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

For estimates of cost of living visit for example https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Brno Summary about cost of living in Brno, Czech Republic: Family of four estimated monthly costs are 48,558.58Kč without rent. A single person estimated monthly costs are 14,311.41Kč without rent. Brno is 4.88% less expensive than Prague (without rent). Rent in Brno is, on average, 17.93% lower than in Prague.

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.

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.

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

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