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Competition for Academic Year 2015-2016 is open until October 15, 2014

The Embassy of the United States of America in Montenegro is now accepting applications for the spring semester 2016 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.  The Embassy awards grants to scholars, artists and professionals to lecture and/or conduct postdoctoral research at U.S. institutions.  Fellowships are generally awarded for one or two semesters at a university in the United States.  Participants are chosen for their leadership potential—with the opportunity to observe each other’s political, economic and cultural institutions, exchange ideas and embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants.

 

Outstanding candidates are those who have the capacity and commitment to take full advantage of a program of research or lecturing at a U.S. university, and who are willing to share their experience and knowledge after returning to Montenegro.  Priority is given to candidates who have not previously received a U.S. Government grant to travel to the U.S.

The mission of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries.  It aims to provide educational exchange experiences to individuals not previously afforded such an opportunity.  The experience should be of intrinsic value to the scholar, the recipient’s home institution, its faculty and its students, as well as to the U.S. host institution.

This announcement is for the Fulbright Scholar program only.  On the Embassy Fulbright Student link you can find more information about  the Fulbright Student program for Montenegrin citizens.

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree researchprogram for junior and senior researchers, university lecturers and other professionals from institutions in Montenegro.  Individual Fulbright grants are available in all fields for scholars to conduct research, lecture or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States.  Grants are awarded for a one or two semesters (5 to 9 months). 

Eligibility requirements

The applicant must:

  • have Montenegrin citizenship;
  • hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional training or experience at the time of application in the field of research or lecturing;
  • demonstrate leadership and a potential for advancement in their profession;
  • demonstrate English language proficiency;
  • be eligible for a J-1 visa, which requires the grantee to depart the United States for a minimum of two years at the end of the grant period;
  • be able to complete a satisfactory medical clearance.

Application guidelines:

The application process must be completed ON LINE at https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/scholars/

You will be required to register by opening a free account.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Application Instructions can be downloaded from the site http://www.cies.org/vs_scholars/Application_Instructions/

Reference letters should be sent by the person writing the letter directly to:

American Embassy Podgorica,

Public Affairs Section (attn: Fulbright Program)

Dzona Dzeksona 2,

81000 Podgorica

They should not be submitted by the applicant themselves.

Not eligible:

  • Individuals with recent U.S. experience (more than 6 months within the last 5 years).
  • Individuals who have attended school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the seven years prior to August 2014.
  • Individuals with dual U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent resident status.

A candidate with recent third-country experience may have a less compelling need for the Fulbright Program than a candidate who has never had a significant professional stay abroad. 

Financial Provisions:

The Fulbright Fellowship provides tuition, a monthly maintenance allowance, a book and supplies allowance, and round trip international travel to the host institution.  The Fulbright Grant is not renewable.

Standardized tests:

Applicants who make it to the second round of the selection process will be required to take the official TOEFL test.  If you have taken the test in the past 2 years please attach the score report.  Candidates may also be requested to take official, GRE or GMAT, depending on their field of study. 

  • The TOEFL internet-based test (IBT) is administered in nearby countries. Minimum required score for the IBT is 80.
  • GRE and GMAT tests are offered in nearby countries. 

For further information about testing locations, please visit www.ets.org

Change of plans:

You should promptly inform the U.S. Embassy of any change in your academic status or future plans after this application has been submitted.

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

For more information about the Visiting Scholar program please visit www.cies.org.

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