Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

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Award Details
Grant Activity

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in area of specialization, conduct independent or collaborative research, as desired and in conjunction with host institution, or a combination of both teaching and research. Thesis advising or assistance with curriculum development may also be requested, depending upon the grantee's area of expertise.

For teaching/research projects, candidates should plan a 60/40 ratio of teaching to research. Scholars are also encouraged to engage with EducationUSA Guatemala in events such as alumni fairs and workshops. 

Grant Length
Four to nine months; For Flex grants, see Flex Option section
Grant Dates

The academic year in Guatemala starts in January. All grants must begin in January 2022. Arrivals prior to January 10 are strongly discouraged. Arrivals in a different time period can be considered with a valid justification. For Flex grants, see Flex Option section.

All Scholars to Guatemala are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which typically takes place in late June in the United States, prior to beginning their Fulbright grant. 

Once fellows arrive to Guatemala, the U.S. Embassy will hold an incoming briefing that addresses security information, points of contact, procedures in case of emergencies, among others. This briefing usually takes place in mid-January.


Open to all Guatemalan universities (public and private). Previous grantees have been hosted by Universidad de San Carlos, Del Valle University, Galileo University and Rafael Landivar University. 

Department of State Travel Advisory recommends U.S. visitors to Guatemala to exercise increased caution due to crime. Based on changing circumstances, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala sometimes recommends avoiding travel to specific areas of the country. This would include Fulbright Scholars. Scholar locations and plans will require approval from the Embassy before arrival. 

Flex Option
Flex Description

The Flex Award is designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the host country. This option allows grants to be conducted over short segments, preferably during the fall and/or spring semesters. Interested applicants should clearly indicate plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline. Please note that all initial Flex visits should begin in January 2021. Flex grantees may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host-country academic community. Flex grant parameters:

• Minimum length of the total grant is four months and the maximum is six months;
• Minimum length for any grant segment is one month and the maximum is three months;
• Two or three grant segments may be spread over one or two consecutive years; and
• Flex awards are offered for teaching, teaching/research, and research grants.

For more information, please see our website.

Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
American Studies
Environmental Sciences
Gender Studies
History, American
International Relations
Medical Sciences
Political Science
Public Administration
Public Health
Public Policy
Social Work
Urban Planning
Areas of Interest

While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, there is interest in scholars who are in these particular specialty areas.

Projects that connect to Mission Goals of the U.S. Embassy are particularly welcome. These include improved governance, increased economic prosperity, reduced illegal migration, and better citizen security.  More information on Mission priorities can be found here: https://gt.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/policy-history/

Special Features

Applicants should note that universities in Guatemala are exclusively non-residential. On-campus housing is not available.

Applicants should read the information provided by the Department of State, paying particular attention to the information regarding personal safety and security in Guatemala. 

Application Deadline
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Candidate Profile
Academics, all levels including early career
Number of Grants
Approximately 2
Program Staff
Michelle Bolourchi
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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