Greek Visiting Scholars

Greek Visiting Scholars

For professors or researchers (not including postdoctoral research) with a Ph.D. degree followed by four years of professional experience, currently employed in an academic or research position at an AEI, ATEI or research center in Greece.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 – Friday, November 15, 2019
No registrations will be accepted beyond November 15, 2019 at midnight EET

Friday, December 13, 2019
No applications will be accepted after December 13, 2019 at midnight EET

The Fulbright Foundation in Greece will award up to seven 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 1, 2020 and must be completed by May 31, 2021. 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, 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, 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 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.


  • 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 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. U.S. institutions must declare if there are minimum funding requirements for hosting research scholars.
  • Excellent command of the English language.
  • Preference will be given to early to mid-career scholars below the age of 55 at the time of application.
  • A teaching or research position at an AEI, ATEI or research center in Greece is required. Appointments do not include Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.
  • Preference will be given to candidates whose country of permanent residence is Greece.
  • 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.

  • 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), roundtrip airfare, and limited health and accident insurance. The amount of this allowance depends on the Foundation’s budget for each year and on the Fulbright committee's recommendation and cannot exceed the amount of U.S. $2,500/month.
  • 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 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 sponsorship.
  • Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF).
  • Enrichment Program and other benefits/invitations offered by the cooperating agency in the United States, the Council of International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).
  • 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

Fulbright Awards offer financial support for research/lecturing/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 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.

  • Registration before application is mandatory.
  • A U.S. based Fulbright Peer Review Committee will review, evaluate and score the project proposals.
  • Candidates may be asked to visit 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'. Alternate candidates remain on standby until review and finalization of the overall budget.
  • 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.
  • 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, 2020 to May 31, 2021.
  • Awards cannot be deferred to the following year.
  • Grants are strictly awarded 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 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.
  • 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.

Step 1. Registration
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 Fulbright Application Procedure
Following successful registration and approval of eligibility, applicants will be given a link to complete the online Fulbright application in English (SLATE platform). Applications which have been 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 or e-mailed or mailed copies of applications will not be accepted.

The following documents must be completed/ uploaded in the online application:

  • Online application form.
  • The Project Statement should not exceed five single-spaced pages that 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 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 and how the applicant envisions dissemination of knowledge upon return.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae.
  • 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 platform. All candidates should inform their referees that they will need to submit their letters of reference online the latest by December 9, 2019. 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 U.S. hosts are not acceptable.
  • Scanned copy of your passport as well as 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.
  • Signature Form: Upon submission of your online application you must print out, sign, and email this form to your Fulbright Program Coordinator in order to include in your file.

Greek Program Coordinator
The Fulbright Foundation
T 210 7241 811/2, ext. 3

Registration forms for the 2020-2021 academic year will be made available here from September 10 to November 15, 2019.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019 – Friday, November 15, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

September 10 – November 15, 2019

Registration period
All candidates must register during this period

Friday, December 13, 2019

Online application deadline

December 2019 – February 2020


Review and Evaluation of project proposals
Candidates may be asked to visit the Foundation for a personal meeting
Nomination of candidates

March 2020

Notification of results

June 2020

Pre-departure orientation program for Fulbright Grantees
The program is offered in Athens only and attendance is required

June 2020

Attendance is required

September 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021

Grant implementation period

Within 30 days

Debriefing Session
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

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