Fulbright Scholar Award

Study of the United States (Teaching in Social Sciences and Humanities)


Application Deadline
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) 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

Up To
Award Start Period
September 2024 or March 2025
Award Length
5 months or 10 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
American Studies
Art History
History (American)
International Relations
Literature (American)
Political Science
Public Administration
Public Policy
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing

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 undergraduate or graduate courses, or a combination of both, in field of specialization. Courses must relate to the "American experience," i.e., taught from the American academic perspective on subjects related to United States history, public policy, sociology, law, film, popular culture, literature, communications, education, political science, business management, etc. Teaching load each semester is four courses; each course usually meets once per week for 90-105 minutes. The teaching content and schedule is set by the grantee directly coordinating with the host institution (after the selection process, as an approved grantee). Grantees often teach two similar courses at two different institutions per semester.

Locations Detail

The Japan-U.S. Educational Commission arranges placement for lecturers.

Award Length and Period

Grants may be either five or ten months:

5-month (1-semester) grants to begin in mid-September 2024 or mid-March 2025

10-month (2-semester) grant: to begin in mid-September 2024 

Grants can be extended to cover final exam period if exams are scheduled after the original grant period.

Special Features

Fulbright East Asia Pacific Regional Travel Program

As conditions allow, Fulbright Scholars in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region may have the opportunity to apply for funds to support short-term (3-14 days) travel to other countries in the EAP region for activities such as lectures, workshops, graduate or faculty seminars, master classes or recitals, curricular advising or panel presentations. EAP Regional Travel Program funding covers transportation only. Regional Travel Program activities/host sites should not be included in the initial Fulbright application. Scholars may start the process of seeking out invitations for short-term activities in other EAP countries once notified that they have been selected for a Fulbright grant, but will only be able to apply for travel program funds, conditions permitting, once they have actively started their Fulbright grant in their host country. Scholars on Flex grants are not eligible for the regional travel grant.

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 should not be sought.
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 must have a terminal degree in the same discipline of their project.

Applicants must also have at least three years of university or college teaching experience beyond their terminal degree. Teaching at a community college counts toward the required three years. A teaching assistantship does not qualify.

Additional Comments

While academic-year appointments are preferred, one semester appointments are possible. Grant dates are firmly fixed. Changes to the grant dates are not possible because of nature of teaching credit-bearing courses. Most teaching will involve a dual affiliation at accredited four-year universities. Grantees will be required to attend a post-arrival group orientation, as well as a mid-year conference.

Award Allowances

*Conversion rate at 108 yen/1 US dollar.

450,000 yen (approximately $4,160) per month

Family allowance of 50,000-100,000 yen (approximately $440-920) per month, depending on the number of accompanying dependents.

Housing allowance of 120,000-200,000 yen (approximately $1,110-1,850) per month, depending on the number of accompanying dependents.

Dollar/yen supplemental allowance of $250-450 per month and 30,000-60,000 yen (approximately $270-550) per month, depending on the number of accompanying dependents.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Roundtrip international travel arranged by Fulbright Commission for grantee and a primary dependent who accompanies the grantee on a grant of 10 months

Baggage allowance: $300-$500 for Japan-bound and 60,000-100,000 yen (approximately $550-920) for U.S.-bound, based on length of grant

Settling-in allowance: equivalent to one month's housing allowance (120,000 yen to 200,000 yen: approximately $1,110-1,850)

Do you offer additional dependent benefits

Up to 1,000,000 yen (approximately $9,250) /child, maximum of two children per family for a 10-month grant. Up to 500,000 yen (approximately $4,620)/child, maximum of two children per family for a five-month grant. Applicable to children in grades 1-12.

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

Honoraria for guest lecturing may be accepted under the terms of the award.

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?

Japan is one of Asia's most successful democracies and largest economies. 

Japanese universities are on the forefront of several new education-based “globalization” initiatives that aim to develop a new globally aware and skilled generation. Other key areas of bilateral interest include economic trade, regional security and reconciliation, women's empowerment, increasing educational exchanges, renewable energy, artificial intelligence and research on aging.

The academic year for Japan's approximately 800 universities typically commences in April.

More information on programs for Japan can be found on the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission website. 

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