Photo: Nikolas Ventourakis, LA River #03 (detail), 2016, from the Art Supports Education – Fulbright Alumni Art Series catalogue
This program targets arts professionals who wish to achieve a higher level of proficiency, enhance their career, seek advancement opportunities, and familiarize themselves with the U.S. cultural scene.
STEP 1. REGISTRATION PERIOD:
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 – Friday, January 26, 2024
No registration will be accepted beyond January 26, 2024 at midnight EET (23:59)
STEP 2. ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Friday, March 1, 2024
No applications will be accepted after March 1, 2024 at midnight EET (23:59)
Watch the recorded Fulbright Greece Cultural Exchange & Creative Communties webinar addressed to artists and creative professionals.
Overview and Guidelines
The Fulbright Foundation in Greece will award up to two grants to arts professionals to pursue non-degree studies and conduct career-developing projects in their field in the United States. Fulbright grants are awarded for periods of four to six months. The grant period may begin as early as September 15, 2024 and must be completed by May 31, 2025. Applications may be submitted only if applicants have received an official letter of invitation or admission from an educational institution and/or cultural organization in the United States.
This award is open to arts professionals in any field of the visual arts, literary arts, performing arts, digital arts, culinary arts, decorative arts, crafts, design, curatorial studies, arts critique, art history and theory, who wish to achieve a higher level of proficiency, enhance their career, seek advancement opportunities, and familiarize themselves with the U.S. cultural scene. The Foundation looks for well-defined, sustainable, innovative projects that will have an impact in the respective areas and that may lead to future collaborations between the United States and Greece.
Applicants should allow enough time to establish and secure an affiliation with an educational institution and/or cultural organization in the United States to host them during their Fulbright grant period. This award is NOT for candidates seeking a degree. Candidates who wish to pursue a Master's degree, and who meet all eligibility requirements, may apply under the Greek Graduate Students Program. Professional diplomas or certificates are acceptable under the Arts Professionals Program.
Candidates are selected on the basis of artistic achievements, potential for professional development, civic engagement, extra-curricular activities, and personal qualities/abilities to serve as a cultural ambassador for Greece. All awards are subject to the Fulbright Foundation policies, in compliance with the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) guidelines, and all governmental regulations regarding visas, immigration, travel, and residence.
"During my Fulbright scholarship in NYC, I had the opportunity to attend a series of newly created classes that make visual art accessible to people with disabilities. These classes took place at the New York Public Library and at some of the city’s major art museums. As a Fulbright artist I had the chance to design and take the lead in organizing a collaborative event between the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, the Guggenheim and the NYPL. I was given space by the library's website administrators to post my thoughts and observations and get feedback from our online visitors. [...] As an artist with low vision, I am very interested in new technology. An aspect of my research had to do with the exploration of the art making applications of new electronic tablets and how these tools may help partially sighted artists to limit some of the effects of poor vision. The results of this research were also presented on my NYPL blog on the library’s official website. [...] I feel that my Fulbright experience has changed my life and career by introducing me to a fantastic community of people with similar interests and common needs. I made new friends, discovered new colleagues and had the pleasure of working with staff from the NYC world class cultural institutions."
Fotis Flevotomos, 2012-2013 Fulbright Artist
To be eligible to apply for a grant, each candidate must
- have Greek citizenship and a valid Greek passport. Candidates with dual citizenship (U.S./Greek) or permanent residence in the United States are not eligible.
- have an official letter of invitation or admission from an educational institution and/or cultural organization in the United States defining project objective and dates.
- have an excellent command of the English language.
Also note that
- preference will be given to candidates whose country of permanent residence is Greece and to those who are committed to returning to Greece at the end of their project to fulfill the mission and aim of their Fulbright grant.
- preference will be given to candidates between the ages of 28 and 45 at the time of application with a minimum of five years of professional experience in their field of work/study.
- preference will be given to candidates with a degree from a recognized university or institution.
- priority will be given to applicants who have not had extensive recent experience in the United States.
Fulbright Awards offer financial support for non-degree study in the U.S. 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 the Fulbright year. While a Fulbright Award is up to one academic year in length, the benefits do not end there. Receiving a Fulbright Award opens many doors and provides unparalleled global networking opportunities.
The Fulbright grant is a non-renewable grant that provides a monthly maintenance allowance for the duration of the grant period, round-trip airfare, and limited health and accident insurance. More specifically, the grant includes
- a monthly maintenance allowance, the amount of which depends on the U.S. institution and is based on the official Monthly Maintenance Rates as published by the U.S. Department of State for each region. The amount ranges between $1,320 and $2,660 per month. It is the responsibility of the candidate to inquire about any required fees. The grant amount does not cover additional fees, such as tuition, and the candidate may be requested to provide additional financial evidence. It is the candidate’s responsibility to select a U.S. institution based on their budget and/or to negotiate fee wavers.
- a €500 settling-in fee.
- a $750 professional development fee.
- a round-trip travel allowance in accordance with 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 $100,000 per illness or per injury with co-pays of $25 per medical visit and $75 for hospitalizations or emergency entries for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered.
- a pre-departure orientation session.
- participation in the Annual Awards Ceremony.
- a Fulbright IIE Certificate of Completion.
- J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa
- Enrichment Seminars, and other benefits offered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the cooperating agency in the United States.
- 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
- Registering before applying is mandatory. The registration serves to establish eligibility, which cannot be established through phone and e-mail communications.
- A Fulbright Selection Committee will interview short-listed candidates on a specific date. Candidates will be informed of their interview appointments with the Selection Committee by email. Interviews last for about 15 minutes, are conducted in English, and are held virtually.
- Candidates will be informed of their nomination status on the day following the end of the interview cycle. Candidates will be designated as ‘primary’, ‘alternate’, or ‘non-selected’. Alternate candidates remain on standby until the overall budget is reviewed and finalized.
- Contact and affiliation agreements with U.S. educational and/or cultural organizations are the sole responsibility of each applicant.
- The Foundation's Board of Directors will review and re-evaluate the eligibility of a grant should the affiliated institution change.
- Candidates selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a medical history and examination report before their grants can be finalized. The Fulbright office will provide the necessary Medical Health Form.
- Fulbright grant recipients are responsible for making their own travel arrangements in accordance with Fulbright Travel Policies & Regulations.
- Candidates selected must provide the Foundation with proof of sufficient financial resources, in addition to the Fulbright award, before the issuance of a J-1 visa.
- 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 completing 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.
Registration and Application Procedures
Step 1. Registration
The registration form is available online and serves to establish eligibility, which cannot be established through phone and e-mail communications. Once submitted, it will be automatically available to the Fulbright Foundation/Greek Program Coordinator for a first review. You will receive a confirmation email in the week following your submission.
Step 2. Online Fulbright Application Procedure
Following successful registration and confirmation of eligibility, applicants will be given a link to complete the online Fulbright application in English (SLATE platform). Applications submitted without prior registration will not be accepted. When you begin your application, the platform will ask you to confirm that you have contacted the local office (registration) and that you are eligible for this award.
The Fulbright Foundation accepts ONLY applications submitted online through the SLATE platform. Faxed, emailed, or mailed copies of applications will not be accepted.
The following documents must be completed/uploaded as part of the online application:
- Online application form including GDPR consent.
- Detailed Curriculum Vitae including professional achievements.
- Scanned copies of your main degrees, certificates and/or diplomas in both Greek and English. Transcripts are not required.
- The Project Statement (Study/Research objectives) section should clearly detail the background and the purpose of your project and include a time frame that proves the feasibility of your planned project/research within the proposed grant period.
- In the Personal Statement section you will need to include an account of how your proposed project and presence in the United States will promote the “mutual understanding” element of the Fulbright Program and the development of educational/professional collaborations between the United States and Greece.
- Letter of Invitation from a U.S. affiliation; letters should include detailed information on tuition or other fees for the non-degree program.
- Scanned copy of your passport as well as scanned copy of any valid U.S. visa issued within the last 4 years.
- A digital portfolio (Additional Information - Supplemental Materials section).
- Three letters of reference. Your reference (the person writing the letter of recommendation) should complete and submit the forms through the online platform once you have registered them. All candidates should inform their references that letters must be submitted online by March 1, 2024. All letters should be written in English. The letters of reference should be written by professors or professionals with whom you have studied or by someone who has supervised you in work related to your proposed field.
Registration Forms will be made available here from December 5, 2023 onward.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE 2024-2025 FULBRIGHT AWARDS FOR GREEK ARTS PROFESSIONALS
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 – January 26, 2024
All candidates must register during this period
Friday, March 1, 2024
Online Application Deadline
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Thursday, April 4, 2024
Notification of Results
June 2024 (TBC)
Pre-Departure Orientation Program for Fulbright Grantees
attendance is required (virtual and in-person)
June 2024 (TBC)
Attendance is required
September 15, 2024 to May 31, 2025
Grant Implementation Period
Within 30 days of grant completion
Final Grant Report & Debriefing Session