Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

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Multiple Disciplines

South and Central Asia


Award Details
Award Activity

For teaching awards, the grantee will teach undergraduate and graduate courses. The grantee may also be asked to assist in professional development activities for faculty, or with curriculum development for the department. For teaching/research awards, the grantee will spend 70 percent of grant period teaching and 30 percent conducting research independently. This is subject to further discussion with the host institution and the Ministry of Higher Education. There may be opportunities for several guest lectures at other universities, including institutions in other regions of the country.

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be encouraged to give faculty workshops, public talks, mentor students, provide English language clubs, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Additional important information for types of awards:

Teaching Grant:

Fulbright U.S. Scholars to Uzbekistan will be expected to teach two courses per semester. Each course must include at least three contact hours of student-faculty interaction, to include lecturing, lab work, or other activities, for a total weekly teaching load of 12 hours. This time does not include office hours, regular faculty/staff meetings, or faculty workshops.

Applicants must include a breakdown of their proposed courses in their application. Potential options are outlined below:

·         Monday, Wednesday, Friday: three one hour classes (3 hours)

·         Tuesday/Thursday: two 1.5 hour classes (3 hours)

·         One day per week: one 3 hour lecture (3 hours) 

Teaching/Research or Professional Project/Teaching Grant:

Scholars will be expected to teach 70% of the time, and work on personal research or projects 30% of the time. This means teaching one course per semester. Each course must include at least three hours of student-faculty interaction, to include lecturing, lab work, or other activities. This time does not include office hours, regular faculty/staff meetings, faculty workshops. Scholars should be aware that approval for research, and access to certain facilities, libraries and archives may need additional governmental approval. Applicants should obtain as much information regarding research institutions in advance and be prepared to facilitate these permissions independently.

Applicants must include a breakdown of their proposed courses in their application. Potential options for structuring each course are outlined below:

·         Monday, Wednesday, Friday: three one hour classes (3 hours)

·         Tuesday/Thursday: two 1.5 hour classes (3 hours)

·         One day per week: one 3 hour lecture (3 hours) 

Award Length
Five or 10 months
Award Dates

The academic year consists of two semesters. The first semester lasts from September to January, while the second semester starts in February and ends in July. During the last month of each semester, universities are busy with examinations, so there is usually no student instruction. This time should be used for work on research or the coordination of faculty trainings in consultation with your host.


Applicants are welcome to propose any institution in any city of Uzbekistan. The U.S. Embassy gives preference to placing scholars in public Uzbek universities over foreign branch campuses. Please note that some placements may need to be cleared by the government of Uzbekistan.

The U.S. Embassy in Taskent maintains good relationships with universities across the country, and is willing to advise applicants about specific institutions and locations.

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. 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 grants.

For more information, please see the Fulbright Flex Award webpage.

Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
Art History
Computer Science
Environmental Sciences
Information Sciences/Systems
International Relations
Library Science
Materials Sciences
Medical Sciences
Museum Studies
Public Administration
Public Health
Public Policy
Urban Planning
Areas of Interest

While all of the disciplines above will be considered, host institutions are especially in need of English-speaking faculty in STEM and business fields. Faculty and higher education administrators with expertise in research and publication, curriculum development, transition to the credit system, and internationalization are also welcome to apply.

Special Features

South and Central Asia Fulbright Regional Travel Grant

During their grant period, Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia (SCA) region may apply for a regional travel grant to engage in a variety of activities at academic institutions or non-profit organizations in eligible SCA countries (India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Republic of the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).  Activities that U.S Scholars may engage in include: faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, conferences, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, or some combination thereof. Scholars in the arts may be invited to give master classes or recitals, participate in exhibitions or workshops, or consult with cultural institutions. Activities may not include research. This grant will cover travel to and from the destination and lodging may be offered by the hosting institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once in country on their Fulbright grant. As funds are limited, Scholars are limited to one such travel grant.

South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference

With funding provided by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India) invites eligible Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia region to attend the annual South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference in India (usually held in February or March). The conference is an opportunity for current Fulbright U.S. Scholars who are on their Fulbright grants in the SCA region at the time of the conference to gather to discuss each other’s work and educational exchange issues and to invite suggestions for the future development and enhancement of the Fulbright Program. Financial assistance to attend the conference is provided as an additional Fulbright grant benefit.

Application Deadline
Professional Project

A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.


Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.


Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.

Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Number of Recipients
Up To 4
Program Staff
Michelle Bolourchi
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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