This program targets Greek citizens currently enrolled as doctoral students at Greek institutions of higher education who would benefit from a short-term research period in the United States. Awards are open to doctoral students in all fields who are in an advanced stage of research. Strong emphasis will be placed on topic, level of research, and detailed proposal.
STEP 1. REGISTRATION PERIOD:
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 – Friday, January 15, 2021
No registration will be accepted beyond January 15, 2021 at midnight EET
STEP 2. ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Friday, February 12, 2021
No applications will be accepted after February 12, 2021 at midnight EET
Overview and Guidelines
This year, the Fulbright Foundation in Greece will award up to eight grants to Greek doctoral students enrolled at Greek institutions of higher education to conduct full-time research at universities or research centers in the United States. Fulbright grants are awarded for periods from four to six months. 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, but may be conducted consecutively at a maximum of two universities or research centers. Applicants should (1) submit an application ONLY if they have received an official letter of invitation from an educational institution in the United States, and (2) present research proposals that can be completed within their initial grant period, which must be clearly outlined at the time of application and nomination.
Applicants are solely responsible for their own affiliation in the United States and for the verification of fees and costs required by the US host institution. Admission that includes a tuition fee does not necessarily secure the same rights and access to facilities as full-time students; additional fees may be charged for some resources and facilities. Applicants should allow enough time to secure and establish an affiliation with the educational institution that will host them during their Fulbright grant period.
Important factors for the selection of candidates include a good standing at the home institution, a genuine need for US-based research, 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 governmental regulations regarding visas, immigration, travel, and residence.
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 experience as a Fulbright grantee of the 2016-2017 Visiting Research Student Program was unique. I was a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the Department of Economics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, working on strategic policy interactions in monetary unions. As a Fulbright Scholar, I was at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University in Arlington. The time I spent at the Schar School was one of the most productive of my life. The School supplied me with everything I needed to conduct research, similar to being a Ph.D. candidate at the school. I had a frequent and constructive contact with my supervisor. Together, we wrote a paper based on the research that was entirely conducted during my visit in the U.S. I have also benefited substantially from various events and activities at the School, from open lectures and policy debates to workshops and research seminars. Moreover, the interdisciplinary environment that the School embraces provided me with a different perspective, so important to understand the complex economic and social phenomena of our times. I had the chance to attend important international academic conferences and the opportunity to present part of my research to such a conference, and to the Ph.D. Workshop Series at the School.”
Christos Mavrodimitrakis, Macroeconomics, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, 2016-2017 Fulbright Visiting Research Student
To be eligible to apply for a grant, each candidate must
- hold Greek citizenship and a valid Greek passport. Candidates with dual citizenship (US/Greek) or permanent residence in the United States are not eligible.
- have completed a cycle of education beyond the secondary level (BA/MA) at a recognized institution. The first degree must have been obtained from a Greek institution of higher education, including Deree–The American College of Greece and Anatolia College.
- have a high level of academic achievement, as indicated by grades, awards, and recommendations.
- be officially enrolled at a Greek institution of higher education as a PhD candidate and have completed a minimum of one year and a maximum of four years of research at the time of the application. The candidate must remain a student in good standing at his or her institution throughout the grant period.
- have your current PhD supervisor as one of the referees, who endorses your research in the US.
- have permanent residency in Greece and commit to returning to Greece following the research program to fulfill the mission and aim of the Fulbright grant.
- finalize their dissertation in Greece and submit it to the home institution. Dissertations cannot be completed in the US.
- have an excellent command of the English language.
- not expect to extend their research. Students may propose research for 4 to 6 months, based on need. Under worldwide Fulbright policy, the extension of sponsorship for Visiting Student Researchers is only possible in cases of extenuating circumstances that prevent the scheduled completion of research.
- have an official letter of affiliation from the US university/research center, including an invitation from the Project Director and/or the professor with whom the applicant plans to work endorsing the applicant’s visit to the US 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 fellows.
- maintain satisfactory progress in the conduct of his or her research.
- devote full-time research on the approved topic. Engaging in any gainful employment during the fellowship period is not allowed; this includes on-campus employment, such as teaching assignments.
Also note that
- preference will be given to candidates below the age of 35 at the time of application.
- preference will be given to qualified candidates who have not had substantial recent experience in the United States.
- candidates in the United States at the time of application are not eligible.
Fulbright Awards offer financial support for research in the US. However, Fulbright is much more than a scholarship: We offer fellows 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 experience was life-changing, both personally and professionally. As a Fulbright grantee of the 2018-2019 Visiting Research Student Program, I visited the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at NIDDK, NIH, and I was involved with the academic community working on the field of RNA Biology. The time I spent at the NIH was one of the most productive of my life and the new techniques I have learned will potentially help me to improve the quality of the research conducted in our home laboratory, while enabling publications in high impact factor scientific journals. Furthermore, I had the chance to attend important international academic conferences, present part of my research and exchange ideas and scientific concerns with other young scientists. More than that, I feel that the Fulbright Program gave me the opportunity to live in the U.S.A., a country which always excited me in terms of excellence culture. Overall, I have gained a unique experience that constitutes a tremendous benefit for my career and I profoundly encourage colleagues to apply and pursue a Fulbright Foundation grant."
Ilias Skeparnias, Cellular and Molecular Biology, National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, Maryland, 2018-2019 Fulbright Visiting Research Student
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, grant benefits include
- a monthly maintenance allowance, the amount of which depends on the location of the US institution and is based on the official Monthly Maintenance Rates as published by the US 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 university fees. The grant amount does not cover additional fees such as tuition or insurance, and the candidate may be requested to provide additional financial evidence. It is the candidate's responsibility to select a US institution based on their budget and/or to negotiate fee waivers.
- a round-trip travel allowance according to Fulbright Travel Policies & Regulations.
- limited health and accident insurance (for grantee only). All participants receive the Department of State's health insurance coverage (A+SPE) with a maximum benefit 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. Some US universities require that you enroll in their health insurance plan. Make sure to inquire whether there will be any additional cost.
- a pre-departure orientation session.
- participation in the Annual Awards Ceremony.
- a Fulbright Certificate of Award.
- J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa
- Enrichment Seminars and other benefits/invitations 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 US 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 done through email communication.
- An external Selection Committee appointed by Fulbright will interview short-listed candidates on specific dates. Candidates will be informed of their interview appointments via email. Interviews last for about 20 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 US educational and/or cultural organizations are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
- The Foundation's Board of Directors will review and re-evaluate the eligibility of a grant should the affiliated institution change.
- All candidates selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a medical history and examination report before 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.
- 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.However, Fulbright alumni can travel to the US for personal reasons (tourism), conferences, short-term research periods, etc.
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 week following your submission. Your eligibility for the program will be based on your registration.
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 academic qualifications (publications, symposia, conferences, etc.).
- Scanned copies of your university degree/s in Greek and English. Transcripts are not required.
- The Study/Research Objective section should clearly detail the background, methodology, and objective of your project. You will need to provide a timeframe that reflects the current status of your Ph.D. research, that proves the feasibility of your planned research within the proposed grant period, and that estimates the completion of your Ph.D.
- In the Personal Statement section you will need to include an account of how the applicant’s proposed project and presence in the United States will promote the “mutual understanding” element of the Fulbright Program and the development of educational collaborations between the United States and Greece.
- A writing sample, which could be a chapter of your dissertation or a published conference paper (in English).
- An official letter of invitation from the U.S. institution you plan to attend.
- 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.
- 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 all letters must be submitted online by February 9, 2021. 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. One of the referees should beyour current Ph.D. supervisor endorsing your research in the U.S.Reference letters from your U.S. hosts are not acceptable. Please ensure that both pages of the form are completed.
All candidates are requested to submit one printout of their completed and submitted application to the Fulbright Foundation, 6 Vassilissis Sofias, 10674 Athens, (attn: Greek Program Coordinator) within 10 days of its online submission.
We encourage students to submit their final application in person to the Foundation, depending on the pandemic situation.
The registration deadline for the 2021-2022 scholarships is now closed.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2021-2022 FULBRIGHT AWARDS FOR GREEK VISITING RESEARCH STUDENTS
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - Friday, January 15, 2021
ONLINE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Friday, February 12, 2021
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - Friday, January 15, 2021
All candidates must register during this period
Friday, February 12, 2021 at midnight
Online application deadline
Within 10 days of your final submission and no later than February 22
Materials submission deadline
one printout of the completed and entire application following submission
March 2-3, 2021
All candidates must have an interview with the Fulbright selection committee in order to qualify for a Fulbright award
March 4, 2021
Notification of results by email
attendance is required
Pre-departure orientation session for Fulbright Grantees
The program is offered only in Athens and attendance is required
September 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022
Grant Implementation Period
Within 30 days of grant completion
Within 30 days of grant completion
Final Grant Report