Fulbright Scholar Award

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award - All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
13190-GM
Activity Type
Professional Project
A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.
Research
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
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.
Teaching/Research
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
Artists
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
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.
Professionals
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
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
10
Award Start Period
September 2023 - April 2024
Award Length
3 months - 8 months
Flex Option
Yes
Country
Germany
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

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

Fulbright Germany welcomes applications for research and/or teaching projects or artistic projects. Applicants coordinate specifics of the arrangement directly with the prospective host institutions. Scholars with short-term projects of less than one term (i.e., 3 months) that include a teaching segment need to submit a proposal to teach one or two block seminars over four to six weeks.

Fulbright Scholars in Germany may participate in the European Fulbright Intercountry Lectureship Program that provides them with opportunities to enrich their professional and cultural experience outside their host community and country of assignment. There also are many networking opportunities within the German higher education community.

Locations
Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Applicants arrange affiliation with accredited state-recognized German higher education institutions (resource: Higher Education Compass), or university-affiliated research institutions (resource: Federal Ministry of Education and Research).

Award Length and Period

Grants start between September 2023 and April 2024, and end no later than July 2024. For maximum outreach and impact, the project activities should take place when German universities are in session, i.e. during the core lecture periods which last from early October until the end of January (fall term) and from early April until the end of July (summer term).

Flex Description

Scholars planning segments that last less than one term (i.e., two months) but include teaching activities need to submit a proposal to teach one or two block seminars over four to six weeks.

The Flex Award is designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the host country. This option allows grants to be conducted over two or three short segments. Applicants must select Flex in the application form, and clearly describe their plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline. Flex grantees may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host-country academic community.

Grant segments are allowed to be conducted in summer months
No
SEGMENTS MAY BE PROPOSED FOR Up to a 2 year PERIOD
2 or 3 Segments MAY BE PROPOSED
MAXIMUM LENGTH OF THE TOTAL GRANT IS 6 MONTH(S)
MINIMUM LENGTH OF THE TOTAL GRANT IS 4 MONTH(S)
Special Features

The grant includes Fulbright support and guidance. Fulbright Scholars in Germany also are invited to network and outreach activities. They gain access to the online Fulbrighter Network as well as admission to the German-American and global Fulbright Alumni Network.

In addition to a stipend and other allowances (please refer to Stipend & Benefits information), the grant includes private German health insurance coverage.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Dual citizens of the award country 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 required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

The letter of invitation is an important selection criterion. A description of the host’s interest in the applicant’s project needs to be included in the invitation letter explaining how both sides will benefit from the proposed project and continue their work after the Fulbright grant.

The letter should also outline the expectations of the candidate when undertaking the award, including the number of courses and/or amount of involvement in teaching responsibilities such as student advising and curriculum development. For teaching/research projects, the letter should list the preferred division of responsibilities between the two activities (such as 60% teaching and 40% research).

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

For teaching projects, applicants should consult with the host institution regarding language requirements. For research and artistic projects, language proficiency sufficient to complete the proposed project is required.

Additional Qualification Information

Fulbright Germany's selection criteria include:

  • academic/professional excellence
  • committment to community engagement according to the Fulbright mission
  • the project's relevance for both the host and home communities
  • the originality, impact and innovativeness of the project
  • significance and match with the host affiliation
Additional Comments

Fulbright Germany will offer an online information session for applicants on June 29, 2022, at 06:00 PM (CEST)Register here.

Award Allowances

$4000 per month for applicants holding their Ph.D. or equivalent degree for seven or more years by the application deadline; $3300 per month for applicants holding their Ph.D. or equivalent degree for fewer than seven years by the application deadline. Final stipend amounts will be in Euros and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations. Housing is not included.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

International round-trip travel allowance € 1400. This benefit is for the grantee only.

Additional Dependent Benefits

A monthly allowance in the amount of approximately $300 (€276) for accompanying spouses will be provided for Scholars whose spouses accompany them for at least two consecutive months 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.

Special Award Benefits

Participation in private German health insurance program, including accompanying spouse and children if they do not have their own income.

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.

Germany

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The Fulbright Commission in Germany will offer an online information session at a date to be determined, to answer any questions about the U.S. Scholar Program in Germany. Additionally, you can send any questions regarding life in Germany to americanprograms@fulbright.de.

Germany has the largest population of any country in the EU. With close to 400 mostly public universities, 9,500 undergraduate and 6,800 graduate study programs, and a student population of 2.4 million, Germany is an excellent place to teach and conduct research. The German university system features four major types of institutions, and U.S. Fulbright scholars are highly welcome at all of them: Universitäten (traditional research universities); Fachhochschulen (universities of applied sciences, usually not offering Ph.D. programs); Berufsakademien und Duale Hochschulen (cooperative programs integrating bachelor studies with workplace training); and Research Institutes such as Max-Planck and Fraunhofer.

German higher education institutions maintain partnerships with 5,000 universities in 150 different countries, many of which take place in the European Higher Education Area, a consortium of 48 countries that have harmonized their higher education structures to increase the academic mobility of their students, faculty, and staff (Bologna Reforms). Additionally, most German universities maintain long-lasting partnerships with one or more U.S. institutions of higher education. Given Germany´s strong interest in maintaining close relations with the U.S., many universities wish to expand their transatlantic networks, discuss strategies and ways to strengthen transatlantic exchange in higher education, and seek new U.S. partners for collaborative initiatives in teaching and research. Additionally, several German-American cultural institutes welcome the contribution from U.S. Fulbright scholars, and offer opportunities for guest lectures. The German-American Fulbright Commission works with almost all accredited and recognized institutions of higher learning in both countries, and sets high quality standards for the selection and sponsorship of excellent scholars and administrators in higher education.

In the Scholar Program, Fulbright Germany is particularly interested in research and/or teaching proposals based on comparative approaches and issues. Whether researching, teaching, or consulting on course design/curriculum, the specifics of the arrangement should be coordinated directly with the prospective host institution. Fulbright Germany gives preference to academic and professional excellence; the originality and innovativeness of the project; its relevance for the academic community; and significance and match with the host affiliation. Fulbright Scholars should have strong reasons for wishing to pursue the proposed project in Germany. The invitation should also include a description of the host’s interest in the applicant’s project, and how both sides will profit from the proposed engagement. The quality of the invitation letter and of the institutional engagement proposed therein is an important selection criterion. For maximum outreach and impact, the project activities should take place when German universities are in session, i.e. during the core lecture periods, which last from early October until the end of January (fall term), and from early April until the end of June (summer term).

The goal of the Fulbright U.S. Administrators in International Education Program is a frank and imaginative assessment of how to deepen and expand transatlantic academic exchanges. Within this framework, the focus of this seminar is on internationalizing higher education, career services, fundraising, and network building. Participants will have the chance to engage in discussions on recent challenges in German and U.S. higher education, to further their professional development, and to exchange strategies on how to establish new partnerships.

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