Fulbright Scholar Award

Science and Innovation


Application Deadline
Monday, September 16, 2024
Award Code
Activity Type
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 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) 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

Award Start Period
September 2025 or January 2026
Award Length
4 months, or 5 months, or 9 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Computer Science
Environmental Sciences
Information Sciences/Systems
Medical Sciences
Public Health
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

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

The U.S. Scholar Program to Russia has been temporarily suspended.

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Consult on curriculum and research project development. Contribute to institutional training needs, as requested. Conduct research in area of specialization and develop research collaborations.

Scholars selected for this grant will be required to attend a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation in Summer 2025.

Locations Detail

Any appropriate institution. Scholars may propose collaboration with Russian colleagues, or they may request recommended placements by the International Fulbright Program Team. Applicants should expect to remain primarily in a single host city/institution, and they should not expect split affiliations or significant travel to secondary cities for research or teaching purposes.

Award Length and Period

One or two semesters (9 months maximum) depending on appropriate visa and registration support.

One-semester grants may begin in September 2025 or late January 2026. Grants starting in September 2025 will be for four months in duration and grants starting in January 2026 will be for four or five months in duration.

Two-semester grants (9 months maximum) must begin in September 2025.

Areas of Interest
  • Energy and energy conservation
  • Climate change
  • Nanotechnology

All applicants must meet the Program eligibility requirements (click to review the requirements).

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

All teaching will be in English; additional language proficiency not required. For research, language proficiency sufficient to complete the proposed project is required. For applicants without local language proficiency, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.

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

$3,550-$8,550, depending on the number of dependents.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$1,000 books and educational materials allowance; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure.

Do you offer additional dependent benefits
Estimated Cost of Living

Cost of living varies greatly from city to city, and region to region.

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?

The U.S. Scholar Program to Russia has been suspended through the 2024-2025 academic year. Potential applicants for  2025-2026  need to discuss the status of the U.S. Scholar Fulbright Program to Russia with IIE (202-686-4000) before applying. 

The Fulbright Program in Russia has existed for nearly half a century and has established a strong and positive reputation among institutions of higher education, government agencies, and the Russian public in the Program’s pursuit of mutual understanding between United States and Russian citizens and institutions. Today, there are more than 2,300 Russian Program Alumni and over 1,200 U.S. Alumni many of whom remain active supporters of the program and maintain ties with their host institutions and the many friends that they have made while on the program.

The International Fulbright Program Team is staffed by highly experienced academic exchange specialists, welcomes applications to the Fulbright Scholar Program from scholars of diverse social, academic, and vocational backgrounds and does not insist that participants speak Russian, have prior experience in the Russian Federation, or have Ph.D.’s. While there are academic research projects that require near fluency in Russian and a high level of experience in Russian academic research settings, many US scholars who have successfully participated in the program have taught a variety of courses in English in a range of Russian academic departments (English-taught courses are in high demand in Russia as it globalizes its higher educational system).

Good general information about Russia can also be found via the links below:

Core Program

The core program is open to both academics and professionals. The academic year in Russia consists of two semesters, generally beginning the first week of September and the first week of February. Affiliations are available at a wide range of Russian academic institutions, and recent successful affiliations have been at institutions in Belgorod, Irkutsk, Izhevsk, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Perm, Petrozavodsk, Pskov, Rostov-on-Don, Tomsk, Tula, Tyumen, Vladivostok, Vologda, Volgograd, Voronezh, Ulan-Ude, Yekaterinburg and Yoshkar-Ola, among others.

The International Fulbright Program Team will consider placement requests based on prior academic contacts, if available, between scholars and proposed host institutions. However, final placements will be determined by the Program Team. Only a limited number of research awards will be awarded for Moscow and St. Petersburg. Scholars should expect to remain primarily in a single host city/institution, and they should not expect split affiliations or significant travel to secondary cities for research or lecturing purposes. Scholars traveling with children have successfully enrolled their children at a variety of English and Russian language schools, depending upon their needs.

All scholars are required to enter Russia on a U.S. passport with a Russian visa.

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