Fulbright Scholar Award

Social Sciences, Humanities and Education

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
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
August 2023
March 2024
Award Length
3 months
4 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Art History
Creative Writing
Film/Cinema Studies
History, American
History, non- U.S.
Library Science
Literature, American
Literature, non- U.S.
Political Science
Public Administration
Religious Studies
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

Deliver lectures, seminars or workshops to students and professors and assist in curriculum development in any area. Collaborative research and publication with Chilean colleagues is also encouraged. Applicants should propose a work ratio between teaching and research. Although final arrangements will be negotiated by the grantee and the host institution, the Fulbright Commission recommends a 50:50 time commitment split.

Locations Detail

Any accredited university or research institution in Chile. Collaboration with regional universities and multiple affiliations are welcome. If you are unsure if your affiliate university is accredited, please contact the Fulbright Commission in Chile.

Award Length and Period

Three to four months

Grants must begin in either August 2023 or March 2024. These dates reflect the Chilean academic semesters, outside of which Universities are closed.

Areas of Interest

Projects in Latin American studies and U.S.- Chile relations are also welcome.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Candidates should contact the potential host institution to discuss research interests and project feasibility. The Fulbright Commission in Chile assists applicants without established networks in Chile to identify potential hosts institutions and facilitates communication as necessary. For tips on finding a host institution, view this short tutorial.  

Language Proficiency Requirements
Recommended (Intermediate): Spanish
Qualified Language Eval Recommended

Applicants are encouraged to register qualified language evaluator, such as a language instructor or a translator, to conduct the external assessment in the application. Being a native speaker alone does not qualify an individual to conduct the assessment.

Applicants who are native speakers do not need to complete an external evaluation.

Required Proficiency
Required Languages
Additional Language Requirement

Working knowledge of Spanish is recommended. The host institution may require proficiency for certain activities, especially if the applicant is planning to teach. Please have the host reference their Spanish requirements, or lack thereof, in the letter of invitation.

Additional Qualification Information

Applicants must hold an academic appointment. Academic applicants who hold a terminal degree must have a rank of Assistant Professor or higher and 3 years of teaching experience. Applicants with a Master's Degree and 10 years of experience in academia will also be considered.

Additional Comments

Applicants should confirm the accreditation status of the proposed host institution in Chile. For further assistance, please consult with CIES or the Fulbright commission in Santiago. If more information is required from the host institutions in Chile, please contact: Mason Taylor, U.S. Grantees Program Officer, Fulbright commission. Tel: +56 2 2963 8307. Visit the Fulbright commission website.

Award Allowances

The total monthly allowance for a U.S. Scholar amounts to USD$3,500. The host institution in Chile is responsible for co-financing the allowance with the Fulbright Commission in Chile by providing USD$1,200 monthly (CLP $850.000 or equivalent), while the Fulbright Commission contributes USD$2,300.  There are no extra benefits for dependents.

Note:  Applicants must share the co-financing arrangement with prospective host institutions during the application process.  The monthly maintenance allowance from the host institution may be allayed with an in-kind housing contribution upon previous agreement.  Host institutions are strongly encouraged to contact Mason Taylor at the Fulbright Commission at masontaylor@fulbright.cl for any questions regarding the maintenance allowance.   The Fulbright Commission will confirm the maintenance allowance with the host institution ahead of final selections.

For applicants without established networks in Chile, the Fulbright Commission in Santiago can assist applicants with identifying host institutions.  Please contact Mason Taylor at masontaylor@fulbright.cl.

Note:  Applicants must share the co-financing arrangement with prospective host institutions as early as possible in the application process.    

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Up to USD $2,000 reimbursable international travel allowance for the scholar only.

Special Award Benefits

If more information is required from the host universities in Chile, please contact Mason Taylor, U.S. Grantees Program Officer, Fulbright commission. Tel: +56 2 2963 8307.

During their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Western Hemisphere (WHA) region may apply for a short-term regional travel grant for activities such as workshops, seminars, presentations, lectures, performances, exhibits, curricular advising and similar projects at institutions in eligible WHA countries. (Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Uruguay).

The Regional Travel Program covers travel to and from the destination; lodging may be offered by the host institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once they are in country on their Fulbright grant. Scholars who apply for the Flex award are ineligible for the Regional Travel Program. Additional information can be found on the Regional Travel Program website

Please note that the Regional Travel Program is currently paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All eligible Scholars will be notified of its reopening, which is dependent on the status of the global health situation.

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.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The aim of the program is to enhance research efforts in a wide range of disciplines, strengthen lecture quality and diversity and increase academic exchange opportunities between Chilean and U.S. universities.  Academic semesters are from March to July and August to December.  Awards are rarely made during the January-February period unless justified by the nature of the project and prearranged with the Fulbright Commission.  Grant length is flexible within a range of three to four months.

Preference is for candidates with senior status (five years of experience following a terminal degree) and graduate-level teaching experience.  Junior scholars, as well as professional candidates with compelling proposals, will also be considered.

University Accreditation Status: Universities in Chile must have a minimum of three years of accreditation status to be considered as potential host institutions.  Visit the Fulbright Commission website for more information.  The Fulbright Commission contact in Chile is U.S. Grantees Program Officer, Mason Taylor.

As you prepare your Fulbright application, we encourage you to read the information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

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