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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.
For teaching awards, applicants may be involved in the following activities: teaching courses, developing curricula, or training and building capacity.
For teaching/research, applicants may determine percentage of the grant dedicated to each activity and should define this clearly in the project abstract/summary and the project statement.
Applications in the following specializations are preferred:
- Environmental Science/Studies
- Hospitality and Tourism
For teaching and teaching/research projects: Applicants are encouraged to initiate contact with prospective hosts and local academics during the application process and discuss the parameters of the teaching/research they are proposing. Prior contact and communication between the applicant and the host ensure greater buy-in by the host and create a professional space that enables the grantee to function effectively once in country. A letter of invitation is strongly encouraged.
All teaching will be in English. Additional language proficiency is not required.
Terminal degree and five years of teaching experience preferred, but not required depending on area of expertise and research.
Housing in the Maldives can be a challenge to obtain due to shortage of apartments and very high costs. The allowance paid by IIE/CIES is sufficient to find a suitable furnished apartment but housing differs from what is common in the United States. Scholars are advised to start looking for an apartment as soon as they are awarded the grant.
Maldivian culture and laws are quite different from the United States, refer to U.S. Department of State travel information for further details.
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: $2,750.00
A mandatory one-day stopover in Colombo during the workweek for orientation purposes is required prior to arrival in the Maldives.
$1,685 books and educational materials allowance for teaching and teaching/research grants; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure. $3,570 research allowance for research-only grants.
Additional living and housing allowance is provided for grantees with one accompanying dependent or two or more accompanying dependent. These amounts range from $965/month to $2,890/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.
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 (Bangladesh, 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 2022-23 South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference will be dependent on global travel conditions. More information will be provided prior to grant departure.
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.
Maldives has maintained its distinct identity for centuries by speaking the same language and belonging to one religion, Islam, despite the wide geographic distribution of the population. Maldives is a new democracy, with the first multiparty election held in 2008. With a population of approximately 540,000, higher education options have been limited and those who wanted to pursue university degrees generally traveled overseas to do so, mostly to the Middle East, Australia, and elsewhere in Asia, often with generous scholarships.
Maldives National University, inaugurated on February 15, 2011, was previously known as the Maldives College of Higher Education, which was established on January 1, 1999, as part of a restructuring and rationalization of all government-run post-secondary education. Operating under the aegis of the Department of Higher Education and Training, Maldives National University is the only public degree-granting institution in the country. The university offers a range of degrees, diplomas, and certificates with particular emphasis on engineering, health science, education, tourism and management. The enrollment at Maldives National University is approximately 10,000 students in long-term programs that extend over one academic year.
Villa College is a private college that was founded in 2007. The college has more than 3,000 students at nine campuses throughout Maldives. Undergraduate and master’s degree programs include Accounting, Business, Computer Science, Education, Hospitality, Law, Marine Studies, and Public Health. For more information, visit villacollege.edu.mv.
MI College (MIC) is a private college that was founded in 2006. With almost 2,000 students at the undergraduate and master’s degree levels, MIC has 17 branch campuses throughout Maldives. Degree programs include Business, Management, and Hospitality; Education and Arts; Foundation Studies; and Science and Information Technology. Master’s degree courses include education, inclusive and special needs education, early childhood education, Islamic studies, business administration, public administration, and information technology. For more information, visit micollege.edu.mv.
Maldives continues to rely on foreign workers at many levels, including some at professional levels. The continued development of the country requires the existence of a university-educated population that can contribute to the growth of a professional class.
Fulbright grantees to Maldives will require flexibility, patience, and adaptability in order to help make the most of challenging conditions--including receiving host government approval, finalizing affiliations, and securing housing--in an energized environment. However, Fulbright Scholars have the opportunity to contribute to a new higher education system.
Priorities for the U.S.-Maldivian relationship include supporting democratic institutions and values, economic development, and environmental sustainability.
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