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Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program
The submission deadline for the online application is November 10, 2022, at 18:00 (local Georgian time)

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is pleased to announce the annual Fulbright competition for Georgian scholars for the 2023-2024 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 academic 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 institution, 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, which requires the grantee to return to Georgia for a minimum of two years at the end of the grant period;
  • Applicants must receive a satisfactory medical clearance before departure;

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/fvsp2023/

Online Application Includes the Following:

– Project statement of proposed activity for research or teaching in the U.S.;

– Curriculum Vitae/Resume;

– Letter of support from home institution;

– 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 contain proposed program dates, be typed on institutional letterhead and signed. Providing an invitation letter is strongly encouraged, but not required by the application deadline;

– Photocopy of doctoral degree or a Master’s degree from a European or U.S. university;

– Copy of passport.

Financial Information and Additional Grants information in Grant & Travel Plans is not required, as the program is fully funded by the U.S. Department of State.


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.

Language Skills:

TOEFL or any other language test is not required for this program.

The submission deadline for the online application is November 10, 2022, at 18:00 (local Georgian time).

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in December 2022; final selection confirmation will be made in spring 2023.

If you experience difficulties with the online application form, contact us at TbilisiExchanges@state.gov, with a subject line “2023 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program”.