Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright-University of Szeged Scholar Award (All Disciplines)


Application Deadline
Award Code
Activity Type
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.
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
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
Award Start Period
September 2024 or February 2025
Award Length
4 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
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

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 Szeged 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.

Location Selection: Award is hosted by the institution listed below
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The University of Szeged is one of Hungary's most prestigious higher education institutions. It is the knowledge center of South-East Hungary playing an active part in facilitating regional, social, economic and cultural development in the Southern Great Plain region of the country. The university's twelve faculties offer hundreds of training courses at the national and international level. International study programs have been available since 1985. Nearly 5000 international students of 130 nationalities study here each year. The university has strong connections with more than 500 high-ranking universities from all over the world. In 2014 the university was ranked highest of the Hungarian higher education institutions on the QS World University list and remained among the best universities since then.

The University of Szeged is a research university where outstanding research, development and innovative work is conducted. The 2,500 instructors and researchers are actively involved in national and international research projects. There are 19 doctoral schools covering 700 research areas and numerous internationally renowned research teams, many of which are also supported by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The University of Szeged is a member of the European University Alliance for Global Health (EUGLOH) bringing together five universities to combine the members’ expertise and resources to offer the best education to their students by combining their various courses and trainings as well as their cutting-edge research and equipment. The one-time rector of the university, Albert Szent-Györgyi, received the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1937 for his discoveries of - among others - the vitamin C content of paprika, a famous product of the region. Katalin Karikó, Research Professor at the University of Szeged and Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as Senior Vice President of BioNTech, contributed to mRNA research and its application in vaccines. She helped point out how mRNA can be modified without causing inflammation and how it can be used for therapeutic purposes which was later on used in COVID-19 vaccination.

The University of Szeged is interested in U.S. Scholars from all disciplines.

Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) Laser Research Centre: the new Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) Laser Research Center is a renowned center working in partnership with the University of Szeged. ELI largely contributes to the scientific and technological developments of the region and the university. It opens a doorway into new territories within Physics as well as establishing such new technical developments as relativistic microelectronics and small laser particle accelerators. ELI will have a considerable impact on numerous fields of materials sciences, medicine and environment protection.

For further information on ELI, please click here.

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Special Features

Housing (except utility costs) and airport transfers will be provided by the university.

All applicants must meet the Program eligibility requirements (click to review the requirements).

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is preferred.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient
Additional Language Requirement

Teaching will be in English, additional language proficiency is not required.

Additional Qualification Information

Scholars with at least 3 years of university, college, or community college level teaching experience are welcome.

Award Allowances

$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


Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Reimbursement of round-trip airfare for grantees up to $2,000.


Do you offer additional dependent benefits

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.

Estimated Cost of Living
  • 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 Szeged travel pass: $20; 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)
Special Award Benefits

One-time settling-in allowance of $300. Airport transfers 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.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

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:


Choose Hungary: Why was Hungary your destination? 

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What did you achieve thanks to Fulbright? 


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: director@fulbright.hu
Annamária Sas, American Program Officer, email: sas@fulbright.hu

Website: www.fulbright.hu

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