Fulbright Scholar Award

Multiple Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
13376-BT
Activity Type
Teaching/Research
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Career Profile
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
1
Award Start Period
August 2023
Award Length
10 months
Flex Option
No
Country
Bhutan
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Agriculture
Arts
Business
Communication
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Economics
Education
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
Gender Studies
Information Sciences/Systems
Journalism
Law
Mathematics
Public Administration
Public Health
Public Policy
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 of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
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

Teach one or more undergraduate courses per semester in area of specialization. Undertake student advising and advise on curriculum and materials development. Occasional lectures at other institutions may be requested. 

While this is a teaching award, some research may be allowed during the grant period pending approval from Fulbright and the proper authorities.  Any approved research should not interfere with a scholar’s Fulbright teaching responsibilities.

Locations
Award is hosted by the institution listed below
Locations Detail

Final affiliations are arranged through negotiations between the Royal Government of Bhutan and the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, which provides the government information about the Scholar's interests and preferred cities. Final affiliations can be subject to change. While most Scholars request to stay in the capital city of Thimphu, the Bhutanese generally prefer to place Scholars outside the capital.

Award Length and Period

10 months for a two-semester grant

August 2023 (10 months) 

Special Features

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 should not be sought.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Applicants should not make direct inquiries to institutions regarding an affiliation but may express an institutional preference in their applications.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching will be in English; additional language proficiency is not required.

Additional Qualification Information

Applicants should have a minimum of three years of full-time university/college teaching experience. Teaching assistantships do not count toward this requirement.

Additional Comments

The United States does not have an embassy in Bhutan. The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India manages the Fulbright Program with Bhutan.

Clearances from the government of Bhutan are required for all Fulbright assignments. Grants cannot be issued for travel to Bhutan until proper clearances are received. In addition, all placements are determined by the Royal Bhutanese government, so scholars need to be very flexible in their location and host affiliation.

Teaching or Teaching/Research Award Monthly Allowances
$5340
$5560
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 will range from $3,550.00 - $3,750.00 depending on the length of the grant.

A mandatory stopover in New Delhi for briefings with U.S. Embassy personnel before and after the grant is required.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$1,500 book and educational materials allowance for Teaching grants. All materials purchased with the allowance are expected to be donated to the host institution (or other in-country 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 $800/month.

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

A dependent education reimbursement allowance is provided ranging from up to $6,000 to up to $24,000 depending on the number of dependents and length of the grant. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only, and is dependent on funding availability.

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 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.  

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.

Bhutan

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Bhutan is an isolated mountain kingdom located between India and China. In 2005, the fourth King of Bhutan announced that the country would change from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy, and the country held its first democratic elections in 2008. Having opened to foreign visitors for the first time in the 1970s, Bhutan welcomed its first Fulbright Scholar in 2009. The country is undergoing vast changes as it develops as a democracy, and through its attempt to change from a donor-based economy to one that is self-sufficient, Bhutan offers scholars an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to the Bhutanese people.

Higher education is administered by The Royal University of Bhutan (founded in 2003), which is comprised of 11 different colleges and institutes. The academic year of the Royal University of Bhutan is divided into two semesters: mid-July to mid-December and February to June. Each semester is made up of a minimum of 15 weeks of teaching.

As Bhutan is still developing its civil service and university system, flexibility, patience and good humor are essential qualities for a successful Bhutan-based Fulbright experience. Placement information is often unavailable until right before the program begins and initial weeks at the universities can be difficult as many staff do not fully understand the Fulbright Program.  That said, Fulbright U.S. scholars are highly valued for their expertise, leadership and professional achievements.

The Fulbright Program in Bhutan is administered by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.

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