2020 Fulbright Specialist Program

Due to disruptions related to COVID-19 and Zagreb’s recent earthquake, we are postponing the proposal submission deadline to April 30.

2020 Fulbright Specialist Program Open for Submission of Project Requests

The Fulbright Specialist Program in Croatia is open now for Croatian host institutions to submit project ideas for qualified U.S. scholars and professionals. The program awards grants for projects that will last between two and six weeks. Applications must be submitted via the World Learning portal by April 30, 2020. Projects cannot begin prior to October 1, 2020 and must be completed by the end of September 30, 2021.

Short-term Opportunities for American Scholars and Professionals

The Fulbright Specialist Program provides short-term Fulbright grants abroad lasting between 2 and 6 weeks. Central to this program is the original Fulbright purpose of advancing mutual understanding, establishing long-term cooperation, and creating opportunities for institutional linkages.

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) provides highly qualified U.S. academics and U.S. professionals whose credentials and experience are at the faculty or full professional level with an opportunity to share their expertise by carrying out projects requested by host institutions abroad.  Specialists are frequently academics; however, professionals such as attorneys, journalists, scientists, economists, security experts, and experts in eligible fields (such as business, communications, public health, and public administration) often take part in the program as well.  Specialists exchange knowledge, build capacity, and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions, and communities both in the United States and overseas.  The Fulbright Specialist Program provides U.S. expertise and leadership to overseas hosts and promotes long-term collaboration between U.S. and host country institutions through projects that align with U.S. Department of State goals and the priorities of foreign host institutions.

Duration: The length of a Fulbright Specialist project must be a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 42 days, including travel days and weekends.

Eligibility, Fields, and Activities:

Eligible Host Institutions: Foreign host institutions eligible to request Fulbright Specialists include, but are not limited to: reputable academic institutions (universities, colleges, research institutions, vocational/technical educational institutions); government institutions (ministries); cultural institutions (museums, libraries, conservatories, theaters); non-governmental organizations (NGOs, think tanks), and public health-related institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals).

Academic Fields: Eligible fields include, but are not limited to: Agriculture, American (U.S.) Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology Education, Business Administration, Chemistry Education, Communications and Journalism, Economics, Education, Engineering Education, Environmental Science, Computer Science and Information Technology, Law, Library Science, Mathematics, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, Physics Education, Political Science, Public Administration, Public/Global Health, Social Work, Sociology, and Urban Planning.

Priority Fields: Business Administration and Job Creation, Cyber Security and IT, Entrepreneurship, Disaster Response, Media Literacy/Countering Disinformation, Public Administration, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

Ineligible Institutions, Fields, and Activities: U.S. or U.S.-based institutions and profit-making companies and organizations such as businesses and corporations are ineligible to host Fulbright Specialists.  Projects with activities focused on English language such as designing curriculum, conducting needs assessments, teacher training, or high-level educational consultations, are not eligible for the FSP.  Specialists may not carry out personal research projects—they must carry out projects proposed by host institutions. Clinical medical research or projects involving patient contact are ineligible under Fulbright policy.

Sample Fulbright Specialist Activities:

Fulbright Specialist activities will be designed to provide U.S. faculty and professionals with opportunities to collaborate with professional counterparts on curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning, and a variety of other activities.

For example, grantees may:

  • Present lectures at graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Participate in or lead seminars or workshops at overseas academic institutions
  • Conduct needs assessments, surveys, institutional or programmatic research
  • Take part in specialized academic programs and conferences
  • Consult with administrators and instructors of post-secondary institutions on faculty development
  • Develop and/or assess academic curricula or educational materials
  • Conduct teacher-training programs at the tertiary level


Preference will be given to requests from Croatian institutions which are not hosting traditional Fulbright grantees for a semester of teaching/research in the same academic year. Croatia is eligible for a total of 3 Fulbright Specialists per year regardless of the fields.

Financial Arrangements:

The U.S. Government will cover international travel and daily honorarium. Host institutions must provide cost share for in-country meals, lodging, and local transportation expenses (to and from lodging to the location of the project as well as additional local transportation to conduct personal errands and attend or participate in local cultural activities).  These funds must be provided in-kind or upon arrival, not on a reimbursable basis.  All costs, including costs covered by host institutions and in-kind contributions, must be quantified and reported in the program management system prior to approval of the project.  Specialists are prohibited from self-funding programmatic costs.

Croatian host institutions requiring financial assistance should contact the Agency for Mobility and EU Programs (Ms. Maja Balen and/or Mr. Ivan Alić) at bilaterala@mobilnost.hr . Please note that intercity travel expenses will not be reimbursed unless the project is approved in two or more cities.

How/When to Apply:

Applications will be accepted from November 15, 2019 – April 30, 2020.  Approved applications will be submitted to Washington for final approval. Programs can start between October 1, 2020 and programs end date should not be later than September 30, 2021.

Applications must be submitted by Croatian institutions.

The host institution must submit the application via the online project portal: https://worldlearning-community.force.com/FSPHost/.  If the host institution does not have the technical capabilities for submission into the online system, it may contact World Learning to request a Word document version of the online form that must ultimately be uploaded by the Post or Commission into the portal for review.

Host institutions may email Fulbrightspecialist@worldlearning.org for assistance with the online portal.

For additional information please contact:

Public Affairs Office/Fulbright Program
e-mail: fulbrightcroatia@state.gov