STEP 1. REGISTRATION PERIOD:
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 – Friday, November 13, 2015
No registrations will be accepted beyond November 13, 2015 at midnight EET
STEP 2. EMBARK ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Friday, December 11, 2015
No applications will be accepted after December 11, 2015 at midnight EET
Please carefully read all instructions below before you register
Recruitment for all educational exchange programs is based on open, and fair national competition, and on individual merit and academic excellence. Transparency in the selection process is assured. Fulbright Greece is fully committed to recognizing the inherent dignity and worth of every person, and to the provision of equal rights and opportunities.
Overview and Guidelines
The Fulbright Foundation in Greece will award up to seven partial grants (depending on available funding) to Greek professors/researchers to lecture and/or conduct research at universities or research centers in the United States. Fulbright grants are awarded for a minimum of three months. Recipients may continue their project under the Fulbright auspices for up to six months (maximum eligible period) only if funding from sources other than the Fulbright Foundation is obtained. In that case, proof of funds is required. The grant period may begin as early as September 15, 2016 and must be completed by May 31, 2017. The grant period cannot be divided and may be conducted at a maximum of two universities or research centers.
This program supports projects and activities that recognize and promote the critical relationship between educational exchange and international understanding, in addition to the intellectual merit of the proposals. Applications with broad multiplier effects are welcome, as are projects that are conducive to candidates’ sharing of their experiences and knowledge with colleagues and students in the host country (US) and upon return, in Greece.
Important factors for the selection of candidates are: professional qualifications, record of service to the field and to the home institution, academic excellence, career potential, civic engagement, personal qualities/abilities to serve as a cultural ambassador for Greece. All awards are subject to the Fulbright Foundation policies in compliance with the Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) guidelines and all governmental regulations regarding visas, immigration, travel and residence.
Awards are open to scholars in all fields and applicants must arrange their own affiliation/invitation in the United States. Applicants should allow enough time to secure and establish an affiliation with an educational institution that will host them during their Fulbright grant period. Furthermore, applicants are encouraged to look for lecture opportunities within their host institutions.
Fulbright Awards offer financial support for research/lecturing/teaching in the US. However, Fulbright is much more than a scholarship – we offer scholars the opportunity to have a transformative cultural and academic experience and provide unrivaled support both during and after their Fulbright year. While a Fulbright Award is up to six months in length, the benefits do not end there. Receiving a Fulbright Award opens many doors and provides unparalleled global networking opportunities.
Carefully review the selection criteria, minimum eligibility requirements, and terms and conditions before moving to the first step, your registration.
You can locate answers to most frequently asked questions (Q&A): http://www.fulbright.gr/questions.html#Greek
- Greek citizenship and a valid Greek passport. Candidates with dual citizenship (U.S./Greek) or permanent residence in the United States are not eligible.
- A Ph.D. degree followed by a minimum of four years of professional experience in the field of study.
- Official letter of invitation/affiliation from the U.S. university/research center which will include: statements from the head/director of the Department and of the professor with whom the applicant plans to work endorsing the applicant’s visit to the U.S. institution and stating that the proposed project can be completed within the time frame specified. US institutes must declare if there are minimum funding requirements for hosting research scholars.
- Excellent command of the English language.
- Preference will be given to mid-career scholars below the age of 55 at the time of application.
- Preference will be given to candidates whose country of permanent residence is Greece. Affiliation with a Greek academic institution or research center is required.
- Preference will be given to qualified candidates who have not had substantial recent experience in the United States that is, for a period aggregating more than one academic year (nine months) during the past five years for study, teaching, research or employment.
- Scholars who have already begun their research or teaching activities or who have been physically present in the United States on a J-1 visa for more than 6 of the 12 months preceding the start date of their Fulbright grant are not eligible to apply.
- Monthly maintenance allowance of up to U.S. $2,500. The final grant amount depends on the availability of funds.
- Round trip travel allowance according to Fulbright Travel Policies & Regulations.
- Limited health and accident insurance (for grantee only). All participants will receive the Department of State's health insurance coverage (A+SPE) of $50,000 with $25 co-pay per medical visit for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. In a few exceptional cases, the host institution obliges the Visiting Scholar to buy the university insurance program.
- Pre-departure orientation session.
- Participation in the Annual Awards ceremony.
- Fulbright Certificate of Award.
- J-1 Exchange visitor visa http://j1visa.state.gov/
- Other benefits and opportunities offered by the cooperating agency in the United States, the Council of International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) http://www.cies.org, such as the Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) and the Enrichment Program.
- Membership in the online global community for all participants of U.S. government sponsored exchange programs (such as the Fulbright program).
International Exchange Alumni website
Terms and Conditions
- Registration before application is mandatory.
- A U.S. based Fulbright Peer Review Committee will review and evaluate the project proposals.
- Candidates might get invited to the Athens office for a personal meeting.
- The Fulbright Foundation's Board of Directors will nominate candidates and review or re-evaluate grant eligibility should the institutional invitation/affiliation change. Candidates will be informed of their nomination status by email and will be designated as ‘primary’, ‘alternate’, or ‘non-selected’.
- All candidates selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a medical history and examination report before their grants can be finalized.
- Fulbright grant recipients will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements in accordance with Fulbright Travel Policies & Regulations.
- Projects should be implemented from September 15, 2016 to May 31, 2017.
- Awards cannot be deferred to the following year.
- Fulbright grant recipients must travel on a J-1 visa sponsored by the Fulbright Program. It is a condition of the visa that after completion of the research program, scholars must return to Greece and reside there for two years before being eligible to immigrate or apply for permanent residence or a work permit in the United States. The purpose of the two-year home residency requirement is to ensure that exchange visitors return to their home country and fulfill the exchange objectives of the Fulbright Program to broaden and strengthen mutual understanding between Greece and the United States. More information on J1 visa issues can be located at http://j1visa.state.gov/
- Fulbright scholars cannot return to the United States under the professor or research scholar category for 24 months following the conclusion of the Fulbright grant. However, they can travel to the U.S. for personal reasons (tourism), conferences, etc.
For a listing of all the scholarships awarded during the current and previous years, please visit http://www.fulbright.gr/grantees_gr.html. Each year, recipients are posted on the website by late June.
Registration and Application Procedures
Step 1. Registration
The registration form will be made available here from Tuesday, September 22 onwards and for the duration of the registration period. Once submitted, your registration form will be automatically available to the Fulbright Foundation/Greek Program Coordinator for a first review. You will receive a confirmation email in the days following your submission.
Step 2. Online Embark Fulbright Application Procedure
Following successful registration and approval of eligibility, applicants will be given a link to complete the online Embark Fulbright application in English. Applications which have been submitted without prior registration will not be accepted. When you begin your application, the system will ask you to confirm that you are eligible for this award.
The Fulbright Foundation accepts ONLY online Embark Applications. Faxed or e-mailed or mailed copies of applications will not be accepted.
The following documents must be completed/ uploaded in the Embark online application:
- Online application form.
- Detailed Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications.
- Within the Project description please include a statement of how the applicant’s proposed project and presence in the United States would promote the “mutual understanding” element of the Fulbright Program and the development of educational collaborations between the United States and Greece.
- Research Methodology not to exceed five single-spaced pages that clearly details the background, methodology, and objective of your project and its relationship to the objectives of the Fulbright Program.
- Official letter of invitation/affiliation from the U.S. institution the applicant plans to attend.
- Three letters of reference are requested as part of your Fulbright application. All candidates should register their referees to the Embark system. All candidates should inform their referees that they will need to provide online to the Embark system their letter of reference the latest by December 4, 2015. All letters should be written in English. The letters of reference should be written by professors with whom you have studied or pursued research or by someone who has supervised you in work related to your proposed field of study. Reference letters from your US hosts are not acceptable. Please ensure that both pages of the form are completed.
- Scanned copy of your passport as well as scanned copy of any valid US visa issued within the last 4 years.
- Signature Form: Upon submission of your online application you must print out, sign, and email this form (the very last page of your online application before submission) to your Fulbright Program Coordinator (email@example.com) in order to include in your file.
Greek Program Coordinator, The Fulbright Foundation
6 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue, 106 74 Athens
Tel.: 210 724 1811 or 210 724 1812, ext. 203
e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org