The Embassy of the United States of America to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is pleased to announce the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program competition for the academic year 2017-2018. The program brings foreign scholars to conduct non-degree, postdoctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States generally from three months up to ten months. Fulbright grantees establish professional contacts in their academic field, enhance their scholarly work, gain international experience and personal enrichment, and help promote mutual understanding between the two nations.
Apply online for the 2017-2018 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program by December 7, 2016.
Candidates should be highly motivated and demonstrate excellence through their academic record, qualifying educational, and related professional experiences. Research projects will be evaluated for their goals and feasibility. Candidates should also demonstrate the cross-cultural sensitivity and flexibility needed to adjust successfully to life in the United States. Fulbright Visiting Scholars serve as cultural ambassadors and should be prepared to speak about their country, culture, and program activities to academic and community groups.
Grants are open, merit-based, awarded competitively, and are subject to availability of funds. Basic benefits may generally include: return travel from the grantee’s home to the institution of affiliation in the United States; financial support in the United States for maintenance, books, and incidentals; allowances for accompanying dependents (subject to conditions); and limited health and accident insurance. Scholars are responsible for all associated costs of bringing accompanying dependents to the United States. This includes airfare and other travel expenses, living expenses, school costs, medical insurance that meets J Exchange Visitor Program regulations, and any uncovered medical bills. A dependent is defined as a spouse, qualified same-sex domestic partner, or an unmarried child under 21 years of age. Fulbright grantees must comply with program provisions to avoid grant revocation, termination, or suspension.
Candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, status as a parent, protected genetic information, or sexual orientation. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. Candidates with little or no prior experience in the United States or overseas are also encouraged to apply. As a general matter, preference for Fulbright scholar opportunities will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright scholar grant.
Excluding minor traffic violations, a candidate who, at the time of the application, or at any subsequent time prior to or after becoming a grantee as defined by program provisions, has been convicted of a crime, or has been arrested or charged with a crime and the matter has not been resolved, must inform the Embassy’s Academic Exchange Coordinator and/or program coordinators in writing of such fact.
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is open to anyone who is/has:
-Citizen or national of BiH or permanent resident qualified to hold a valid BiH passport
-Doctoral degree or equivalent professional training or experience in the field of study at the time of application
-Current employment in BiH
-English language proficiency commensurate with the proposed activities to be carried out in the United States
-Eligible to receive and maintain the exchange visitor (J-1) non-immigrant visa required for the program
-Cleared by a physician to participate in the program (finalists only)
-Committed to returning to BiH for a minimum of two years.
-Candidates with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status
-Candidates who have resided in the United States for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the date of application. A candidate who has lived in the -United States for nine months or more during a calendar year is deemed to have resided in the United States for that year
-Grants will not authorize activities for which a license to practice medicine or nursing is required or involve clinical training, patient care, or patient contact
-Local employees of U.S. missions abroad who work for the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development are ineligible for grants during the period of their employment and for one year following the termination of employment. This provision includes all employees, paid or unpaid, including part-time or temporary employees, consultants, externs, fellows, and employees. This provision does not apply to interns
-Immediate family members (spouses and dependent children) of U.S. Department of -State employees for a period ending one year after the termination of such employment.
This provision does not disqualify self-supporting members of families living apart from their parents.
Interested applicants must apply to the U.S. Embassy Sarajevo using the official online Embark application form for Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. After national selection, the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in the United States selects candidates nominated for awards.
The online application must include the following supporting documents:
-Detailed project statement
-Bibliography (for research or combined lecturing/research proposals) and/or course syllabi (for lecture proposals)
-Detailed curriculum vitae
-Photocopy of doctoral degree or terminal degree in the field of study (finalists may need to provide official records with certified English translation)
-Three reference letters
-Financial supporting documentation for alternate funding (such as sabbatical funding, paid leave, or personal savings)
-Letter of invitation from a U.S. host institution (preferred, but not required)
-Copy of BiH passport biographical page.
For more information regarding the program, visit the Council for International Exchange of Scholars website.
Only complete applications will be considered for the program.
For additional information, please contact the Academic Exchange Coordinator via email: [email protected] or tel: 033-704-066.