This program targets professors and researchers (not including postdoctoral research) who have a Ph.D. degree and four years of professional experience in their field following the attainment of this degree and who are currently employed in an academic or research position at an AEI, ATEI or research center in Greece.
STEP 1. REGISTRATION PERIOD:
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 – Friday, November 13, 2020
No registrations will be accepted beyond November 13, 2020 at midnight EET
STEP 2. ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Friday, December 11, 2020
No applications will be accepted after December 11, 2020 at midnight EET
Overview and Guidelines
The Fulbright Foundation in Greece will award up to eight grants to Greek professors and 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 auspices of Fulbright 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 1, 2021 and must be completed by May 31, 2022. The grant period cannot be divided and may be conducted at a maximum of two universities or research centers.
In addition to the intellectual merit of a proposal, this program supports projects that recognize and promote the critical relationship between educational exchange and international understanding. Applications with broad multiplier effects are welcome, as are projects that are conducive to candidates sharing their experiences and knowledge with colleagues and students in the host country (the U.S.) and, upon return, in the home country (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, 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 U.S. government regulations regarding visas, immigration, travel, and residence.
Awards are open to scholars in all fields. 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 to host them during their Fulbright grant period. Furthermore, applicants are encouraged to look for lecture opportunities within their host institutions.
Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.
"My Fulbright experience was rich, fruitful and productive. [...]. I was invited to deliver lectures in seven prominent U.S. institutions (Harvard, MIT, Magnetics Society IEEE Boston Section, University of Villanova, University of Sciences, University of Delaware and University of California at Riverside), four of which were financially supported by the Outreach Lecturing Fund. Thus, I had the opportunity to interact with tens of colleagues whom I met in personal meetings, and numerous undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, not only within a scientific context but also in regard to their career development. Many colleagues and students expressed interest in the Fulbright Program and I had the opportunity to inform them about a competitive and successful application. My Fulbright Scholarship enabled me to attend one of the biggest conferences in materials science - the MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit gathering in Boston with the participation of almost 6.000 scientists from all over the world - and present both in oral and in poster format a presentation on our research. [...] I also had the unique opportunity to attend the "IIINitride Semiconductor Materials and Devices Symposium" honoring Professor Theodore D. Moustakas at Boston University. Among the top notch speakers was the 2014 Nobel Laureate for Physics, Shuji Nakamura. [...] Besides academic activities, I had the opportunity to meet with tens of fellow Fulbrighters from all over the world and exchange experiences on our academic systems but also on our different cultures. [...] I left the U.S.A. full of new scientific ideas in my field of interest whilst revising older ones, and full of contacts with so many excellent scientists. These ideas and contacts will influence my future research plans, my courses at the graduate studies level, and my perspectives of international collaboration. [...]. By interacting with my colleagues and my students I will try to inspire them to become more involved in international collaboration and to encourage and help them to pursue a Fulbright grant."
Orestis Kalogirou, Physics, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, 2016-2017 Fulbright Visiting Scholar
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 permanent residency in Greece and commit to returning to Greece following the academic program to fulfill the exchange objectives of the Fulbright Program.
- have a Ph.D. degree followed by and a minimum of four years of professional experience in the field of study following the attainment of this degree.
- have a teaching or research position at an AEI, ATEI or research center in Greece. Appointments do not include Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.
- have an official letter of invitation/affiliation from the U.S. university/research center, which must include statements from the head of the department and from 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. U.S. institutions must declare if there are minimum funding requirements for hosting research scholars.
- have an excellent command of the English language.
Please also note that
- preference will be given to candidates whose country of permanent residence is Greece.
- preference will be given to early to mid-career scholars below the age of 55 at the time of application.
- 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.
Fulbright Awards offer financial support for research, lecturing, and teaching 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 the grant period 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.
The Fulbright grant is non-renewable grant that provides a monthly maintenance allowance towards living expenses for the minimum duration of your grant period (three months), round-trip airfare, and limited health and accident insurance.
More specifically, grant benefits include
- a monthly maintenance allowance in line with the Foundation's budget for each year, the amount of which cannot exceed $3,000/month. Scholars will be asked to provide financial evidence for any balance exceeding their allowance. The balance is calculated on the basis of the location of the U.S. institution and the official Monthly Maintenance Rates as published by the U.S. Department of State for each region.
- a 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 $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. In a few exceptional cases, the host institution requires that Visiting Scholars buy the university insurance program.
- a pre-departure orientation session.
- participation in the Annual Awards Ceremony.
- a Fulbright Certificate of Award.
- J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa
- support through the Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF).
- Enrichment Programs and other benefits/invitations offered by the Institute of International Education/Council of International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES), 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 e-mail communication.
- A U.S.-based Fulbright Peer Review Committeewill review, evaluate, and score the project proposals.
- 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'. Alternate candidates remain on standby until the overall budget is reviewed and finalized.
- All 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.
- Projects should be implemented from September 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022.
- Awards cannot be deferred to the following year.
- Grants are awarded strictly for research purposes and for the period offered (3 to 6 continuous months). No further extensions are allowed. The Foundation does not take responsibility for any personal arrangements by the scholar that do not comply with these restrictions.
- 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.
- Dependents will travel on a J2 visa and accompany the grantee throughout the grant period. Dependents cannot travel on their own and arrive before or after the grantee’s arrival / departure.
- 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 (24-month bar or repeat participation). However, they can travel to the U.S. for short term research periods on a J1 visa, and for personal reasons (tourism), conferences, etc. under different visa categories
Registration and Application Procedures
Step 1. Registration
The registration form is available online and serves to establish eligibility, which cannot be established through e-mail communication. 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 days 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 in the online application:
- Online application form including GDPR consent.
- Detailed Curriculum Vitae.
- The Project Statement should clearly detail the background, research methodology, and objective of your project and its relationship to the objectives of the Fulbright Program. Please include a statement of how your 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 and how you envision the dissemination of knowledge upon return.
- An official letter of invitation/affiliation from the U.S. institution the applicant plans to attend (a letter from the home institution is not required and applicants are personally responsible for making the necessary leave arrangements with their home institutions).
- 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 December 8, 2020. All letters should be written in English. The letters of reference should be written by academic and professional contacts. Reference letters from your U.S. hosts are not acceptable.
- A scanned copy of your passport as well as a scanned copy of any valid U.S. visa issued within the last 4 years. If you do not yet have a passport, you will need to include a copy of your ID card.
Registrations for the 2021-2022 academic year have now closed.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2021-2022 FULBRIGHT AWARDS FOR GREEK VISITING SCHOLARS
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 – Friday, November 11, 2020
ELECTRONIC APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Friday, December 11, 2020
September 15 – November 13, 2020
All candidates must register during this period
Friday, December 11, 2020
Online application deadline
December 2020 – February 2021
Review and Evaluation of project proposals
Candidates may be asked to visit the Foundation for a personal meeting
Nomination of candidates
Notification of results
Pre-departure orientation program for Fulbright Grantees
The program is offered in Athens only and attendance is required
Attendance is required
September 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022
Grant implementation period
Within 30 days
at the Fulbright Athens office on an individual level upon completion of the grant
Within 30 days
Final Grant Report
upon completion of the grant