Fulbright - Széchenyi István University Scholar Award
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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 Scholar will be expected to teach two courses, and will be welcome to conduct their own research or join the university’s research projects. They may also take part in other activities within the scholar community at Széchenyi István University such as advising students, meeting with Fulbright alumni, conducting community outreach, engaging with the local English-speaking community, being available to local media and pursuing their own interests.
The Scholar may also have the opportunity to give guest lectures at other Hungarian universities if invited.
Although applicants will be foremost considered for the award to which they apply, applicants may also be considered for one of Hungary’s other awards depending on the level of competition, award availability, and the applicant’s project relevance to other host institutions. The Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission is committed to matching competitive projects with the right partner institution.
Széchenyi István University (SZE) is located in Győr, in North-West Hungary, at an equal distance from Budapest, capital of Hungary, and Vienna, capital of Austria. The city is at the meeting point of three rivers, including the world-famous Danube. As the sixth largest city in Hungary, Győr is both modern with a dynamic industrial base producing an impressive one tenth of the country’s exports, and historic with the newly restored Baroque downtown of Győr, which is considered to be a cultural jewel.
Due to its optimum location, the city of Győr is a leading automotive and industrial hub. The city is home to the Audi Hungaria Motor Company. Ever since its establishment in the city in 1993, Audi Hungaria, now ranking as the world’s largest engine plant, has enjoyed an organic cooperation with Széchenyi István University, which carries out industrial research activities for and in conjunction with the company. In 2015, the partnership resulted in the creation of the Audi Hungaria Faculty of Automotive Engineering, now boasting six professorships. Studies in the field of Vehicle Engineering are consequently a highly popular choice for international applicants.
As evidence of the University’s strong commitment to internationalization, 37 English-taught programs at all academic levels are on offer. Bachelor level international programs include Vehicle Engineering, Logistics Engineering, Civil Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Food Engineering, Business Administration & Management and a BA in International Relations.
At the Master’s level, there are programs in Vehicle Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Supply Chain Management and Computer Science Engineering, Marketing, International Economics & Business, Tourism Management and Design as well as degrees in Music Performance (6 instruments).
Three of the four Doctoral Schools’ programs are also offered in English: Doctoral Program in Plant, Animal and Food Sciences, Doctoral Program in Civil Engineering Transportation & Vehicle Engineering and Informatics Sciences and a Business and Management Sciences Doctoral Program. In conjunction with the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI, USA) SZE has launched an AACSB accredited double-degree MBA degree, employing world-class educators.
Agriculture, American Studies, Art History, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Information Sciences/Systems, Law, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Tourism
Housing (including utility costs) and airport transfer will be provided by the university.
Teaching will be in English; additional language proficiency is not required.
Scholars with at least 3 years of university, college, or community college level teaching experience are welcome.
$3,300 per month for lecturers at the rank of Assistant Professor or below.
$3,500 per month for lecturers at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
Housing including utilities will be provided by the university.
Reimbursement of round-trip airfare for grantee up to $2,000
Allowance of $100 per month for one dependent and $200 per month for two or more dependents.
Dependent travel of $500 for one dependent and $1,000 for two or more dependents.
Dependents are welcome to participate in the in-country orientation program and in monthly cultural enrichment programs organized by the Fulbright Commission in Hungary.
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.
- Cost of living in Hungary is on average about 40% lower than in the United States.
- Depending on the size and quality of the apartment, housing in downtown Budapest ranges between $500-$1,000.
- Utilities, internet connection, and building maintenance fees average about $150; but could be included in the rent.
- Housing and living costs in smaller cities could be somewhat lower.
- Groceries for one person could typically cost between $100-150 per month. Eating out per meal costs approximately $10-30.
- In-country travel costs: monthly Budapest travel pass (unlimited travel on all means of public transportation): $25, a round-trip train ticket between Budapest and another major city: $20-25
- A museum admission ticket is between $10-15, concert tickets (good seats) are between $10-25
- Cost of living in Hungary according to: Numbeo Website; Expatistan Website (prices in Hungarian currency, average exchange rate: USD 1 = HUF 400)
One-time settling-in allowance of $300.
Housing (including utilities) and airport transfer will be provided by the university.
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.
Hungary is a welcoming country that boasts rich cultural and educational traditions. Because the country has historically been the crossroads to many different cultures, our Fulbrighters will be able to witness these influences first hand. From Roman, Romanesque, medieval and neoclassical architecture, Turkish mosques and spas, an abundant art and music presence, and the diverse cuisine; there is sure to be something to intrigue everyone.
The Hungarian higher education system is part of the European Higher Education Area. The country has many well-known universities and research institutions with strong international connections, joint programs, and many international students. The Fulbright Program enjoys high prestige. The Fulbright Commission in Budapest offers grantees thorough assistance with their entry visa/residence permit application. The Commission organizes an extensive four-day orientation program for the newly arrived U.S. grantees. The orientation program provides an overview of Hungarian history, culture, and introduces grantees to current academic, political and practical issues. All through the grant period, grantees are regularly invited to participate in cultural enrichment programs. These monthly meetings, trips, cultural events and conferences offer interesting insights into Hungarian culture and different kinds of institutions, and also foster team spirit among our grantees. The Fulbright Commission in Hungary pays special attention to grantees with families, welcoming spouses and children too.
The academic year is from September to June. Semesters are four months in length. The fall semester starts in September, the spring semester in February. English language is sufficient for teaching and research in all fields. Over 400 study programs in English and other foreign languages are offered by Hungarian higher education institutions, see Study in Hungary.
Applications are welcome in all fields. Please see specific awards for areas of interest. Affiliations with Hungarian state-run institutions are preferred. Dual affiliations may be possible.
English language schools (pre-K-12) are located in Budapest only. In major cities, there are dual-language high schools where specific subjects are taught in English.
For more information about working and living in Hungary, please visit the following links:
Prospective applicants may contact the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange for advice or for further information:
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