Deadline: November 15, 2010
Open to: Post-doctoral, pre-doctoral applicants from Macedonia
Duration: One or two semesters (5 or 9 months) for post-doctoral applicants, 2 semesters (9 months) for pre-doctoral applicants
2011-2012 Application for the Fulbright Scholar program (post-doctoral) in the United States (NON-DEGREE)
The Fulbright Program
The flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government, widely known as the Fulbright Program, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 234,000 participants, chosen for their leadership potential, with the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas, and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.
Nature of Grants
Grant benefits vary according to the provisions of the program of each participating country. All Fulbright grants include limited accident and sickness insurance and maintenance grants provided by the Department of State. Grants are awarded for a period of one or two semesters (5 or 9 months) for post-doctoral applicants; of 2 semesters (9 months) for pre-doctoral applicants. A grant may be revoked, terminated, or suspended. Grounds for revocation or termination include, but are not limited to
(1) violation of any law of the United States or the home country;
(2) any act likely to give offense to the United States;
(3) failure to observe satisfactory academic or professional standards;
(4) physical or mental incapacitation;
(5) engaging in any unauthorized income-producing activity;
(6) failure to comply with the grant’s terms and conditions;
(7) material misrepresentation made by any grantee in the application form or grant document.
A grant may be suspended if (1) the grantee ceases to carry out the project or academic program during the grant period, or (2) the grantee leaves the United States for more than two weeks without authorization of the American Embassy in Macedonia or IIE.
Preference is given to candidates without recent experience in the United States. Recipients of Fulbright Scholarships within the past 5 years will not be considered. Persons holding permanent residence in the United States are not eligible to apply for Fulbright grants to the United States. Persons who are citizens of both Macedonia and the United States are also ineligible. Fulbright grantees enter the United States on an exchange visitor (J-1) visa under a Department of State program, which requires them to return to their home countries for a minimum of two years at the end of the grant period.
- Doctoral degree
- Proficiency in English appropriate to the proposed research project to be carried out in the United States
- A detailed statement of proposed activity for research at a U.S. institution
- Macedonian citizenship and employment in Macedonia
How to apply
A complete application includes:
- application form
- detailed statement of proposed activity
- detailed curriculum vitae
- three references
- photocopy of passport
- photocopy of doctoral degree
- letter from employer confirming employment
- letter of invitation or appointment from U.S. institution
Please scan all the above mentioned documents and attach to your online application.
Complete the application form carefully after reading “Instructions for Completing the Application” on pages C and D of the actual application. Make sure the reference reports are submitted promptly. Applicants must submit three references. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that reference reports are submitted by the deadline so that references accompany the application throughout the entire review process. References should be from persons qualified to evaluate your professional work and proposal. At least one of the references should be from a specialist outside your university. References should provide evidence of a scholar’s reputation within his/her discipline and must be written in English. The Reference Report Form in the application packet suggests qualifications that the reference writer should address. Submit detailed curriculum vitae. The curriculum vitae describe academic credentials and achievements.
When composing a curriculum vitae, it is important to include
(1) education (universities attended, degrees held)
(2) positions held
(3) courses taught and other services provided to students and the home institution
(5) other professional activities, such as workshops, seminars and consultations
(6) membership and activities in professional associations
(7) professional honors, awards and fellowships
(8) community service.
The application asks for similar information, but provides limited space for answers. In the curriculum vitae, the applicant should expand upon these topics to display more completely his/her accomplishments.
Preparing the Project Statement
For further information regarding the project statement read here
ARRANGEMENTS FOR AFFILIATION WITH A HOST INSTITUTION
One of the most important requirements of the Fulbright Scholar Program is a formal affiliation at a U.S. University or research institution. When determining which institutions to contact, do not limit yourself to only the most well-known U.S. universities. Many U.S. universities may not have an international reputation, but they often have appropriate facilities for scholars to conduct research. We have observed that scholars placed in these smaller and less well-known institutions often are given greater attention than their colleagues who are affiliated with more well-known universities.
Application forms can be found here
The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 November, 2010.