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Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides the opportunity for Iraqi scholars to spend 10 weeks at a U.S. university.  The program includes opportunities for development, research, and other activities to build the capacity of universities in Iraq and to advance the education of future generations of Iraqis.  The program will allow for the development of enduring connections with university faculty members in the United States.  Strong candidates are committed to and have a plan for sharing their new knowledge, tools and skills when they return to Iraq. 

Second Annual Competition

Fostering mutual understanding between the people of Iraq and the United States through educational and cultural exchange.

Opportunities for Iraqi scholars for faculty development and higher education capacity building.

Program Information:

What? The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq is designed to equip both junior and senior faculty with knowledge and tools necessary to rebuild the capacity of Iraqi universities.  Scholars will improve their teaching, educational administration, and research skills by gaining exposure to new methods of faculty and instructional development, educational leadership, academic governance and assessment.  In addition, they will be partnering with U.S. faculty mentors in their fields which will generate opportunities to develop institutional relationships between Iraqi and U.S. universities.  Such relationships will serve as a cornerstone upon which to facilitate ongoing cooperation and collaboration.  While introduction to new research methods in the scholars’ disciplines does constitute one component of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq, the program is not intended to provide a venue for individual research projects.

Who? The competition is open to junior and senior Iraqi university faculty members.  Junior faculty should have between 5 and 10 years of teaching experience, a life-long commitment to classroom teaching and a desire to strengthen their teaching and leadership skills.  Senior faculty, including department chairs, deans or mid-to-senior level university administrators, should have a PhD, 10 or more years of teaching experience, advanced expertise in their field of study and a commitment to advance the development of Iraqi institutions of higher education. The program is intended for full-time faculty only; Iraqi government officials are ineligible to apply.

Applicants must demonstrate fluency in spoken and written English.  Scholars in this program can focus on one of the following fields of study:

  • Science and Technology
  • Engineering
  • Linguistics/English Teaching
  • Business/Economics Agricultural Science

When? The deadline for submitting applications for the 2011 program is now closed.

Where? After a short orientation session in Washington, DC, Fulbright Scholars will spend 10 weeks at a U.S. university chosen to host the cohort for a particular field of study.  You will not be able to choose your host university.

How? To apply for grant, please visit the following link to complete an application form: 

The application form will require personal information and a written statement of up to 3 pages in length.  To ensure you submit a complete application, please follow the instructions carefully.  You are not required to complete the application in one sitting; please make note of your login and password so you can return to the application.  Once you submit the application, you are no longer allowed to make any changes to your information.  You will be asked to provide information including, but not limited to:

  • your preferred discipline-based cohort (Applicants may apply for one cohort only.)
  • educational background
  • a current C.V.
  • an explanation of how your participation in this program would benefit you and your institution as a whole
  • how you plan to implement what you will gain from this program upon returning to Iraq
  • 3 letters of reference (academic or professional, not personal) 
  • Detailed instructions on filling out the application

If you are unable to complete the application online, please contact

Benefits: The scholarship covers a living and book/supply stipend,
round-trip international airfare to the U.S. and back, and
insurance for the duration of the study program.

  • Policies of the Iraq Fulbright Program:  While there are overarching policies to which all Fulbright scholarship recipients from around the world must adhere to, there are also policies which are country-specific:
  • Two-year home residency requirement: The J-1 visa is an exchange visa which requires all Fulbright scholarship recipients to return to their home country for at least two years upon successful completion of the program.
    Intention to return to Iraq: Your eligibility for a Fulbright scholarship is based, in part, on your intention to return to Iraq immediately following your program.  If you show an intent other then to remain in the U.S. for a temporary, specific, limited period (such as applying for an immigrant visa to the U.S., asylum in the U.S., or residency in a country other than Iraq) you will be ineligible to receive the Fulbright scholarship. Please carefully review the J visa policies for further information. 
  • No-dependents: J visa sponsorship is offered only to the Iraq Fulbright scholarship award recipient.  J-2 visa dependents (spouses and children under the age of 21) cannot accompany the Iraqi scholarship recipient on his/her study program.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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