Fulbright Scholar Award

Multiple Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
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.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not 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.
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
Award Start Period
September 2023
February 2024
Award Length
6 months
10 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Computer Science
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
Gender Studies
History, non- U.S.
Information Sciences/Systems
International Relations
Literature, non- U.S.
Materials Sciences
Medical Sciences
Public Administration
Public Health
Public Policy
Social Work
Urban Planning/Studies
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
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

Grantees in the teaching category will teach classes at the undergraduate or graduate level. Grantees in the teaching/research category will spend 80 percent of their time teaching undergraduate or graduate students, while 20 percent of their time will be spent on research in their specialization. There will be an opportunity for several guest lectures at other universities.

Locations Detail

- University of Central Asia (all subjects, in particular, earth science and environmental studies) - www.ucentralasia.org;

- Technological University of Tajikistan (economics and information technology) - www.tut.tj;

- Tajik State University of Commerce Dushanbe (business, marketing, economics, and tourism hospitality) - www.tguk.tj;

- Institute of Economy and Trade of Tajik State University of Commerce in Khujand (business, marketing, economics, and tourism hospitality);

- Tajik State Institute of Foreign Languages (English Language Faculty) - +992 37 2329515;

- Khujand State University (English Language Faculty) - www.hgu.tj;

- Khorog State University (English Language Faculty) - +992 93 559 8455;

- National University of Tajikistan (English Language Department, journalism, and international relations) - www.tnu.tj;

- Kulob State University (English Language Faculty and international relations) - +992 3322 23506;

- Bokhtar State University (English Language Faculty) - +992 93 311 0005;

- Pedagogical Institute of Panjakent (English Language Faculty) - www.dotpanj.tj; +992 34 755 4050;

- Pedagogical Institute of Gharm (English Language Faculty) - +992 93 314 0168;

- Tajik State Medical University (medical sciences) - www.tajmedun.tj 

Award Length and Period

Grants may begin after September 1, 2023. Grants must be completed by July 31, 2024.

Special Features

South and Central Asia Fulbright Regional Travel Grant

During their grant period, Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia (SCA) region may apply for a regional travel grant to engage in a variety of activities at academic institutions or non-profit organizations in eligible SCA countries (India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Republic of the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).  Activities that U.S Scholars may engage in include: faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, conferences, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, or some combination thereof. Scholars in the arts may be invited to give master classes or recitals, participate in exhibitions or workshops, or consult with cultural institutions. Activities may not include research. This grant will cover travel to and from the destination and lodging may be offered by the hosting institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once in country on their Fulbright grant. As funds are limited, Scholars are limited to one such travel grant.

Before traveling to another country on a Regional Travel Grant, it is important to confirm trip details with the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section or Fulbright Commission in that country.

Please note: The 2023-24 Fulbright Regional Travel Program will be dependent on global travel conditions. More information will be provided prior to grant departure.  

South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference

With funding provided by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India) invites eligible Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia region to attend the annual South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference in India (usually held in February or March). The conference is an opportunity for current Fulbright U.S. Scholars who are on their Fulbright grants in the SCA region at the time of the conference to gather to discuss each other’s work and educational exchange issues and to invite suggestions for the future development and enhancement of the Fulbright Program. Financial assistance to attend the conference is provided as an additional Fulbright grant benefit.

Please note: The 2023-24 South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference will be dependent on global travel conditions. More information will be provided prior to grant departure.  

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Not applicable – all U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, regardless of dual citizenship or residency.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is preferred.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

Tajik or Russian language proficiency is needed for teaching courses at most Tajik universities (with the exception of Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Tajik State University of Commerce in Khujand and the University of Central Asia in Dushanbe or Khorog, however, offer courses in English.

For research projects, language proficiency sufficient to complete the research project is required; teaching/research applicants must submit a language proficiency evaluation. For applicants without local language proficiency, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.

Additional Qualification Information

Candidates with terminal degrees and a minimum of three years of university or college teaching experience are preferred. Professionals and nonacademics will be considered if they have the requisite three years of university or college teaching experience.

Additional Comments

Grantee will teach during the academic year (September 2023 through June 2024) in a Tajik university. University classes are generally held Monday through Saturday.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar will likely be the first American that many Tajik students have ever met and will have a tremendous opportunity to expand cultural understanding.

Due to the low educational standards, the scholar should be prepared to teach students who lag academically behind their American peers.

Award Allowances

Stipends are calculated within this range based on a number of factors including a participant’s grant activity, location in the host country, number of dependents, and home institution position.

Teaching or Teaching/Research Award Monthly Allowances
Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Round-trip, Fly America Act compliant international travel for the grantee will be arranged by an agency designated by IIE.

Additional Travel and Relocation Allowances: $3,900.00

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$1,500 for book and educational materials allowance. Materials to be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure

Additional Dependent Benefits

Additional living and housing allowance is provided for grantees with one accompanying dependent or two or more accompanying dependent. These amounts range from $200/month to $400/month.

In addition, travel allowances are provided for up to two dependents.

Up to $6,000 per child (up to two) or $12,000 per family for accompanying dependent children in grades K-12 is reimbursed for one semester, upon submission of receipts.  Up to $12,000 per child (up to two) or $24,000 per family for accompanying dependent children in grades K-12 is reimbursed for two semesters, upon submission of receipts. Amount may be adjusted for shorter grant periods. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only or homeschooling materials.

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

South and Central Asia Fulbright Regional Travel Grant  

South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference

See "Special Features" section on Award Details tab for more information.

Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of total monthly Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a monthly base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. Research-only or Professional Project grantees receive a standard stipend that is not adjusted for academic rank. In most cases, dependent benefits will not be provided to Flex grantees, or to grantees pursuing grants less than four months (or a semester) in length.

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 reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Tajikistan is the smallest and most mountainous country of the Central Asian nations.

Interested individuals should understand there was an overall decline in the education system, including university infrastructure and academic standards, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Furthermore, corruption in the admission and grading systems is also prevalent. As a result, both university administrators and students recognize the benefits of having an American professor teaching at their institution, and welcome the academic and cultural interactions.

The academic year runs from the beginning of September to the end of May.

Most classes are taught in Tajik, although several universities have English departments and groups taught primarily in English. A knowledge of Tajik or Russian is helpful in navigating day-to-day life.

Individual scholars should be prepared to be flexible and to work in a university environment where their Tajik colleagues rely less on technology in the classroom and in university administration. 

A motivated Fulbright Scholar would have an opportunity to make a significant impact during his/her grant period in Tajikistan.

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