Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

2020-2021 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

 

The Program:
The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is pleased to announce the annual Fulbright competition for Georgian scholars for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree, post-doctoral award program for junior and senior researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic institutions in Georgia who wish to conduct post-doctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States. The length of the program is three to six months.

The Fulbright Scholarship is one of the most exclusive and important scholarships offered by the U.S. Government to Georgian academics. The recruitment of candidates for the Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program is based on an open competition by the Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Tbilisi.

All candidates must currently be affiliated with one of the universities or research institutions in Georgia. Special preference will be given to candidates who have the capacity and commitment to take full advantage of a program of research or lecturing at a U.S. institution, and who are willing to share their experience and knowledge after returning to Georgia. The Fulbright experience should be of value not only to the scholar but also to the scholar’s home university – its students and faculty – as well as to the host U.S. institution. Fulbright scholars serve as cultural ambassadors and should be prepared to speak about their country, culture, and research to academic and community groups.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 and is named after former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Under the Fulbright Program, thousands of scholars have established professional contacts in their field and made long-lasting friendships with colleagues in the United States; have developed collaborative research relationships with U.S. scholars, and have enhanced their scholarly publications and made other contributions through research conducted in the United States.

Eligible Fields:

Agriculture
American Studies
Biology
Business Administration
Chemistry
Economics
Education
Engineering
Environmental Sciences
Film Studies
History
Information Sciences
Journalism
Law
Library Science
Mathematics
Medical Sciences
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Public/Global Health
Social Work
Sociology
Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Theater
Urban Planning

Eligibility Requirements:
· Applicants must be citizens of Georgia
· Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in the field of research/lecturing or a Master’s degree from a European or U.S. university
· Applicants must be proficient in oral and written English
· Applicants must be eligible for a J-1 visa
· Applicants must receive a satisfactory medical clearance at the final stage of selection.
Please note: Persons desiring permanent residence in the United States are not eligible.

Application Process:
Interested applicants who meet the criteria as outlined above should complete an online application at https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2020

Online Application Includes the Following:
– Project statement of proposed activity for research or teaching in the U.S.
– Curriculum Vitae/Resume
– Three letters of reference
– Bibliography – for Research or Teaching/Research proposals, a list of one to three pages of references relevant to the proposed research
– Course Syllabi – for Teaching or Teaching/Research proposals, up to 10 pages of sample syllabi for courses you either propose to teach or have taught
– Letter of invitation from a preferred U.S. host institution – should be typed on institutional letterhead and signed. The letter should also contain the proposed academic year.
– Photocopy of doctoral degree
– Copy of passport

Please note: It is very important that at the time of application, candidates include any possible dependents. If there are late additions of dependents, it may not be possible to cover the allowance for dependents.

The submission deadline for the online application is October 8, 2019, 18:00 (local Georgian time).

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in November 2019; final selection and placement will be made in spring 2020.

If you experience difficulties with the online application form, contact us at TbilisiExchanges@state.gov, with a subject line “2020 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program”.