The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2020-2021

The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission announces the annual competition for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Romanian professors, researchers and professionals who have a doctoral degree or equivalent (certified). Grants are available for conducting research and/or lecturing in the U.S. universities.

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides international travel, accident/sickness insurance and a monthly stipend covering accommodation and living expenses.

Eligible Fields: any field, except clinical medicine and other clinical disciplines.

Grant duration: 3 - 6 months

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
•    hold Romanian citizenship; green card holders and persons with dual (Romanian and U.S.) citizenship are ineligible;
•    hold or expect to receive a PhD or equivalent (certified) in a relevant area before departure to the U.S.;
•   show a proficiency in English corresponding to the proposed research or teaching project; English language proficiency results and/or TOEFL scores are not required; interviews will be conducted in English.

Note: Candidates already in the United States at the time of application and those who have resided in the U.S. for five or more years in the six-year period preceding the date of application are ineligible to apply. Preference will be given to those who have not had extensive recent research/teaching experience in the U.S. for more than one academic year (9 months) during the past five years. The preference for candidates without extensive previous experience in the U.S. applies at each stage of competition.

Each applicant will be required to submit:
•    an online application form: https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2020;
•    a detailed statement of proposed activity for research and/or lecturing at a U.S. university, uploaded to the online application;
•    three letters of reference*, directly uploaded to the online application by recommenders or mailed as signed official paper copies (by October 15, 2019, postmarked); the letters of recommendation are also accepted via email (office@fulbright.ro) if they are sent directly by the recommenders, as scanned signed documents, no later than October 15, 2019.
•    a photocopy of the PhD diploma e-mailed to office@fulbright.ro;

*It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure recommenders submit on time to avoid an incomplete application.

Please refer to the complete online application instructions HERE.

Application deadline: October 15, 2019

 Important:

•    only online applications will be accepted; documents will not be returned;
•    applicants are strongly encouraged to attach invitation letter(s) from potential U.S. host institution(s); if arrangements for an appointment or affiliation have not been confirmed, the applicant should list his/her preferences in priority order;
•    the letter of invitation needs to be provided by mid-December, 2019; multiple affiliations are not recommended;
•    the sections allotted to alternate funding or financial support are not compulsory; applicants do not need to upload supporting documents to these sections;
•    a letter of support from home institution is not required;
•    applications or supporting materials, including references, received after the deadline will be deemed ineligible.


Selection Steps:

•    applications are pre-screened;
•    the assessment of the projects is performed by Fulbright alumni and leading Romanian and U.S. scholars in the respective fields of knowledge;
•    the applicants recommended by reviewers will be invited to an interview carried out by a bi-national panel, in January, 2020;
•    the nominated finalists are subject to final approval by the Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB).

The Fulbright online application system is called Slate and is used by all Fulbright Commissions worldwide. Each Commission sets its own policies, procedures and country-specific instructions for filling out the online application. Before beginning an application carefully check the requirements included in the announcement of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2020-2021 for Romanian citizens.

Frequently Asked Questions

For further details, please send your inquiries to office@fulbright.ro