Fulbright-University of Debrecen Scholar Award (All Disciplines)
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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 the University of Debrecen such as advising students, helping with faculty training and curriculum development, 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.
Debrecen is Hungary's second largest city with beautiful historical sights, as well as modern facilities for education and research. The University of Debrecen is one of Hungary's most prestigious higher education institutions offering a wide choice of majors for nearly 30,000 students including almost 4,000 international students. The university is also a renowned research center.
The university offers complete English language study courses in general medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, natural sciences, information technology, engineering, arts, economics and business administration. The Institute of English and American Studies is ranked among the world's 200 best institutions in teaching English language and literature (QS World University Rankings by Subject).
Housing (except utility costs) and airport transfer will be provided by the host university.
Teaching will be in English; additional language proficiency not required.
University-level teaching experience required.
For further information, please contact the head of department of your area of expertise and/or Ms. Cintia Gunda in the International Relations Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about the City of Debrecen
$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 (except utilities) is provided by the host university. Additionally, an allowance of approximately $125 (HUF 50,000) per month is provided as a contribution towards utility costs. The USD amount is subject to exchange rate fluctuation
Reimbursement of round-trip airfare for grantees 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, monthly Debrecen travel pass: $18; 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. Airport transfer will be provided by the host 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:
Testimonials of former U.S. grantees to Hungary
Prospective applicants may contact the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange for advice or for further information:
Dr. Károly Jókay, Executive Director, email: email@example.com
Annamária Sas, American Program Officer, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.