El Salvador faces many challenges, and while academia is no exception, opportunities for visiting scholars are everywhere, particularly in engineering, hard sciences, natural resources and business development.
While most universities favor the social sciences, and funding for research can be scarce, the country has a budding economy in renewable energy, and several good universities, including Universidad Don Bosco (UDB), have started academic programs in the field and would welcome collaboration with U.S. scholars. There is also a great need for technical and business development expertise, particularly in the area of entrepreneurship. The excellent private business university, ESEN, is doing work in these areas, as well as engineering, and would make a good potential host institution in those fields. While the University of El Salvador is the largest and only public university, institutional obstacles can make a successful placement there challenging.
The first semester of most universities is early January to mid-June, and the second semester is late June to early December. For teaching/research projects, candidates should plan a 60/40 teaching/research ratio. The U.S. Embassy in San Salvador will arrange or confirm affiliations for all grants. In some cases, requested grant lengths may be adjusted at the discretion of the Fulbright program.
Short-term Flex grants for teaching, research or teaching/research for one- to three-month segments over one or two consecutive years are available. Final approval of Flex grants will be contingent upon available funding.
Cases of the Zika virus have been reported in the Western Hemisphere. As you prepare your Fulbright application, we encourage you to read the information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.