Fulbright Scholar Award

Hungarian Academy of Sciences Research Award (All Disciplines)

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
13192-HU
Activity Type
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.
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
2
Award Start Period
August 2023 - May 2024
Award Length
3 months, or 4 months
Flex Option
Yes
Country
Hungary
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Conduct a research project 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

Conduct research in any area of interest, preferably in collaboration with Hungarian scholars employed in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences' Centres of Excellence ("MTA Centres of Excellence").

The scholar may also take part in other activities within the scholar community of the research units awarded with the "MTA Centre of Excellence" title such as faculty training and curriculum development, meeting with Fulbright alumni, doing 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 Hungarian universities if invited.

 

Locations Detail

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) is Hungary’s most prestigious scientific organization. The highest standards of quality and scientific excellence were also acknowledged by the Academy with the title "MTA Centre of Excellence”. MTA supports collaborative research with international scholars and MTA co-funds cooperation with Fulbright U.S. scholars.

THe Hungarian research units awarded with the "MTA Centres of Excellence" title currently consist of fifteen outstanding research centers and institutes. They rank among the best research institutes in Europe.

MTA Institutes of Excellence

 

Award Length and Period

Research must be completed between August 2023 and July 2024; Flex applicants may complete their grants between July 2023 and August 2025.

Flex Description

Flex grants of two months each segment over two consecutive years are possible with prior arrangement with host institution. Final approval of Flex grants will be contingent upon available funding.

Both segments of the Flex grant must be conducted between July 2023 and August 2025.

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 Segments MAY BE PROPOSED
MAXIMUM LENGTH OF THE TOTAL GRANT IS 4 MONTH(S)
MINIMUM LENGTH OF THE TOTAL GRANT IS 4 MONTH(S)
Areas of Interest

The award is open to all disciplines and affiliations are dependent on specializations.

For those interested In the MTA Research Centre for Natural Sciences, researchers participate in the most up-to-date, cutting-edge international research topics. The Centre welcomes researchers in all areas, but especially in the following fields: Oncology, Functional and Bioactive Molecules & Nanostructures, Bioinformatics, Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI), Circular Economy, and Translational Biomedicine.

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

Research will be conducted in English, no Hungarian language proficiency is required.

Award Allowances

$2,700 per month for researchers.

Approximately $645 (HUF 200,000) per month as a contribution towards housing. The USD amount is subject to small change due to currency fluctuations.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

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

 

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-$1,150.
  • 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 $50-100 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): $31, 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 $20-25
  • Cost of living in Hungary according to: Numbeo Website; Expatistan Website (prices in Hungarian currency, average exchange rate: USD 1 = HUF 310)
Special Award Benefits

One-time settling-in allowance of $300.

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

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 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:

Why Hungary?

Fulbright Hungary @ 25

The Fulbright Experience

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

Previous Fulbright Recipients

The Fulbright Experience: 

Testimonials of former U.S. grantees to Hungary:

www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlyvYA_jCcGdRTNjGoMexaFOb1Os_lXrK

Learning about a City through its literature, a Fulbright professor's testimonial in 2019:

https://www.fulbright.hu/learning-about-a-city-through-its-literature-re...

Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.