2021-2022 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

Apply Now for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for the 2021-22 Academic Year

The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb is pleased to announce the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program competition for the 2021-2022 academic year.  The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree post-doctoral award program for junior and senior researchers, university lecturers, and experts from academic and research institutions in Croatia.  This program brings scholars to the United States for advanced research and/or university lecturing for a period of one or two semesters.

All applicants must currently be affiliated with a Croatian academic or research institution.  In addition, all qualified applicants are expected to have the capacity and commitment to take full advantage of a program of research or lecturing at a U.S. university, and be willing to share their experience and knowledge upon their return to Croatia.  The Fulbright experience should be of value not only to the scholar, but also to students and faculty at the scholar’s home institution/university, as well as to the U.S. host institution.  Fulbright scholars serve as cultural ambassadors and should be prepared to speak about their country, culture, and research to academic and community groups in the United States.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas.  The Fulbright Program in Croatia is a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the Government of Croatia.

The Fulbright Program in Croatia is administered by the U.S. Embassy in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Education, and the Agency for Mobility and EU Programs.  The application for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is found here: https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2021

Application Deadline:  May 11, 2020

Please read all instructions and information carefully before completing.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be citizens of the Republic of Croatia. Permanent U.S. residents and persons with dual (Croatian and U.S.) citizenship are ineligible.
  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in their academic field of study.
  • Applicants must obtain a letter of invitation from a U.S. host institution
  • Applicants must be proficient in oral and written English.
  • Applicants must be eligible for a J-1 visa, which requires the grantee to return to Croatia for a minimum of two years at the end of the grant period.
  • Applicants must receive a satisfactory medical clearance.
  • Applicants must be employed in Croatia.
  • Dependents: The Fulbright Visiting program does provide small allowance for accompanying dependents.

General Selection Criteria:

  • Strong research and academic record.
  • Adaptability and personal suitability.
  • Applicants should be responsible citizens who contribute to a full and representative picture of the culture and civilization of Croatia.
  • Preference is given to applicants who have not had a prior opportunity to study in the United States.
  • All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.

Selection Procedures:

  • Applicants who submit a full application by the deadline will be invited for an in-person interview conducted in English by a selection committee comprised of Embassy representatives, U.S. and Croatian scholars, and Fulbright alumni. Interviews for selected candidates are scheduled for mid-June 2020.  Skype or phone interviews will NOT be available.
  • Preference is given to candidates without recent academic experience in the United States.
  • Nominees are subject to final approval by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Not eligible:  Persons holding permanent residence in the United States (green card); persons who are citizens of the United States.  Previous recipients of Fulbright/Humphrey/JFDP/Ron Brown scholarships (U.S. Government-funded academic programs) are NOT eligible to apply.

Fulbright grantees enter the United States on an exchange visitor (J-1) visa under a Department of State program, which requires them to return to their home countries for a minimum of two years at the end of the grant period.

Important for post-doc and pre-doc categories in the fields of medicine and dental medicine: Scholarship recipients will not be able to conduct any clinical work and, together with their U.S. mentor, they will be required to sign a statement to that effect.

How to apply:

Applications should be completed in English and submitted online at: https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2021

Each page of the application carries its own instructions, which should be read carefully.  Every question must be answered completely and carefully.  Please make every effort to limit your responses to the space provided.  Please scan all documents and upload to your online application; incomplete applications will not be considered.  Completed applications must be submitted by May 11, 2020, and must include:

  • Detailed statement of proposed activity for research and/or Course Syllabi (lecturing proposal) in the United States.
  • Letter from employer confirming employment in Croatia (in English or Croatian).
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae (resume).
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference.
  • Bibliography (research proposal) and/or Course Syllabi (lecturing proposal).
  • Letter of invitation from U.S. institution.
  • Copy of passport.

Confidential Letters of Reference:  Three references must be sent electronically directly into the on-line application.  Three confidential letters of reference in English by the letters be from supervisory and other academic/professional colleagues must be completed by registering the referees in the online system.  The referees will then upload the letters directly.  Please note that letters of reference that were not uploaded to the online system will not be accepted.  If you have considerable work experience, one letter of reference can also come from a current or previous employer.

The curriculum vitae/resume describes academic credentials and demonstrates a record of scholarly achievements.  We strongly recommend that you upload your CV/resume in PDF format.

When composing a CV/resume, it is important to include:

  • Education (universities attended, degrees earned, and dates received).
  • Professional positions held.
  • Courses taught and other services provided to students and the home institution.
  • Publications (provide full citations and list them starting with the most recent).
  • Other professional activities, such as workshops, seminars and consultations.
  • Membership and activities in professional associations.
  • Professional honors, awards and fellowships.
  • Community service.

Project Statement:

Please upload a detailed project statement of 3-5 (three-five) single-spaced pages, not to exceed 3,500 words.  A brief, general project statement is insufficient regardless of the applicant’s professional or academic accomplishments.  To ensure a competitive application, your proposed project, as well as the strategy for completing it, should be thoroughly explained in 3-5 single-spaced pages.  However, including irrelevant or extraneous material may divert attention from the project statement.  Begin the project statement with your name, country and the project title at the top of page one.  At the top of each subsequent page, type your name and country.  We strongly recommend that you upload in PDF format.

The project statement is the most important part of the Fulbright application.  Scholars with the most compelling, theoretically sound, well-written, feasible proposals are generally recommended for awards. In order to ensure a more complete application, your proposed project, as well as the strategy for completing it, should be thoroughly explained.

Factors to address in the project statement:

  • Clearly define your objectives and the methodology you will employ. Indicate whether you will use interviews, library or archival research, or laboratory experiments to accomplish your project.
  • Place your project in academic or professional context by referring to leading works by others on the topic if that information is available.
  • Explain the significance of the project for the field and your own professional development.
  • Explain why residence in the United States is necessary to carry out the project. Comment, if applicable, on the adequacy or inadequacy of research facilities and library resources in your own country and on the need to use specific collections in the United States.
  • Describe arrangements you have made, for affiliation or collaboration. Secure a letter of invitation from a U.S. host institution testifying to the merits and feasibility of the proposal.  Scholars who have studied previously in the United States should avoid seeking affiliation at their U.S. alma mater because candidates are encouraged to expand their contacts within the U.S. academic community.
  • Discuss how your project can be completed within the time period you have available.
  • Indicate how you will disseminate the results of your research both in the United States and in your home country.

Arrangements for Affiliation with a Host Institution:

One of the most important requirements of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a formal affiliation at a U.S. university or research institution.  When determining which institutions to contact, do not limit yourself to only the most well-known U.S. universities.  There are many U.S. universities that may not be known to you, but which have appropriate facilities for scholars to conduct research.  We have observed that scholars placed in these smaller and less-known institutions often are given greater attention than their colleagues who are affiliated with more well-known universities.

Other Important Information:

Duration of Grants:  Grants are awarded for a period of one or two semesters (4-9 months) for scholars.  Grant benefits include:  Airfare; limited accident and sickness insurance; and a monthly maintenance grant.

Additional documents that must be uploaded electronically directly into the online application no later than May 11, 2020:

  • Passport scan.
  • Copy of doctoral degree.
  • Letter from employer confirming employment in Croatia (in English or Croatian).
  • Letter of invitation from a U.S. university.

Application forms and instructions on how to fill out your application can be found at:https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2021

Please scan and upload all the above-mentioned documents to your online application.  Please note that all items should be translated into English.

Nominated candidates will have to submit to the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb a copy of their original academic transcript and diplomas bearing all official legalization stamps and notarized translations.  The U.S. Embassy will advise the nominated candidates to submit a medical history and examination report if and when necessary.

For additional information please contact:
Public Affairs Office/Fulbright Program
e-mail: fulbrightcroatia@state.gov
Phone:  +385-1-661-2206