Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

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Award Details
Grant Activity

The U.S. Embassy, Kingston invites scholars to engage in independent or collaborative research, teaching and specialist seminars on economic, political and strategic subjects of importance, to inform both U.S. and Jamaica policy decisions across broad priority areas: security, governance, health, education, energy, economic development, and democratic citizenship. Scholars are encouraged to build-in outreach and publicizing/sharing of their research or project while in-country. For teaching/research projects, candidates should plan a 45/45/10 ratio of teaching to research to outreach. Thesis advising or assistance with curriculum development may also be requested, depending upon the scholar's area of expertise. Research and teaching/research projects are welcomed, as are impactful strategic seminars.

Scholars are expected to positively and directly impact research/teaching outcomes at their host institution and set the foundation for possible partnerships between their host and home institutions. For research proposals, please note access to research subjects and materials may be limited by government agencies, security concerns or administrative delays.


Grant Length
Three or nine months; for research only grants, four - six months is the preferred length. Flex grants are particularly recommended in the case the applicant has no invitation letter, see Flex Option section.
Grant Dates

Grants may begin in August or September 2021 or January 2022. For Flex grants, see Flex Option section.

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



In Jamaica, there are three major universities, a cultural research institute, a research-focused national library, a visual and performing arts college, a maritime institute, a college of agriculture, and several teachers' colleges. The major universities have traditionally hosted Fulbright scholars based on resources at their disposal.  However, campus housing is not guaranteed for scholars at any local institution. 

Major Institutions:
University of the West Indies
University of Technology Jamaica
Northern Caribbean University
Caribbean Policy Research Institute (Think tank)
Institute of Jamaica
National Library of Jamaica

Other Tertiary Institutions: (not an exhaustive list)
Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts
College of Agricultural Science and Education
Caribbean Maritime Institute
University College of the Caribbean
The Mico University College
Church Teachers College
Moneague College
Shortwood Teachers College

The U.S. Embassy is happy to facilitate the arrangement of potential placements for candidates with sufficient lead time. Nonetheless, the Embassy cannot guarantee placements.

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's 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.
• Flex awards are offered for teaching, teaching/research, and research grants.

For more information, please see Fulbright Flex Awards.

Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all disciplines
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.

Criminal justice, security studies, legal studies (especially criminal justice reform and intellectual property), government/public policy/governance, taxation policy, finance and management, economics, urban planning/studies, environmental sciences (especially climate change and climate change mitigation), public/global health (especially HIV/AIDS), journalism (investigative journalism, photo/video journalism and online journalism), conservation of culturally significant items, museum management, and agriculture and food security.

Any other areas will be considered in relation to the need for such research in Jamaica and its mutual importance to U.S. interests.

Special Features

Applicants are responsible for arranging their housing independently which allows freedom to find the best housing solution to suit personal taste, need and budget.  The University of West Indies, University of Technology Jamaica and Northern Caribbean University have extensive experience in processing the work permit through liaising with the local ministry of Labor.  All scholars require a work permit to participate in this program in Jamaica.  The only exception is granted to dual citizens of Jamaica and the USA or those with Jamaican familial ties who legally establish citizenship rights by virtue of Jamaican Descent.  In either of those two cases, the scholar must be legally granted unconditional landing status and benefits from Jamaican citizen worker rights. Smaller institutions may also pool resources to cover the cost and administrative input of securing the work permit.

The public housing stock in the rental market is available and of good to high quality. Scholars can be directed to private realtor firms and property management companies that can facilitate the search for proper housing options, in the recommended areas close to campus. The other tertiary institutions may consider a cost-sharing option where they share the Fulbright scholars' expertise/teaching time and share the cost of hosting in a number of creative ways. This placement may be more of a challenge but due consideration would be given.  It is most important to start discussions early with non-traditional institutions to assess resource availability and how resources may be leveraged to support a Fulbright Scholar at such institutions.

Application Deadline
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Professional Project/Research
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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