Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

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Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Western Hemisphere


Award Details
Award Activity

Activities might include independent or collaborative research on, teaching and facilitating seminars about economic, political and strategic subjects of importance, that inform both U.S. and Jamaica policy decisions. The priority areas range from: security, governance, health, education, energy, economic development, democratic citizenship, cultural and creative sectors. Scholars are encouraged to include public outreach and dissemination of their research or project while in-country. 

For teaching/research projects, candidates should ideally 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 proposals are welcomed.

Scholars are expected to positively and directly impact research/teaching outcomes at their host institution and set the foundation for possible further 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.


Scholars selected for this award can choose to:
  • Advise and/or mentor students
  • Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
  • Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
  • Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
  • Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Award Length
Three to nine months (a semester to an academic year)
Award Dates

Grants may only begin in August / September 2022 or January 2023. These dates coincide with institutional fall and spring semester start dates. If there is no institutional affiliation the applicant should provide justification for the proposed dates. For Flex grants, see Flex Option section. Flex grants are particularly recommended in the case the applicant has no invitation letter, 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 list provided is not exhaustive. Applicants are invited to reach out to inquire about particular institutions that may not be listed and discuss the possibility of being affiliated with them for their Fulbright grant period. The U.S. Embassy is happy to facilitate an introduction to instituional contacts to encourage consideration of potential placement for candidates with sufficient lead time. Nonetheless, the Embassy cannot guarantee institutional 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 seminars, guest lecturing, teaching and research grants.

For more information, please see Fulbright Flex Awards.

Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all disciplines
Areas of Interest

The following disciplines are issue areas that Jamaican institutions and policy makers have identified as areas of priority for collaboration: 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.

The areas identified are not exhaustive and applicants are encouraged to propose other disciplines and issues for research and/or teaching.

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 required work permit, through liaising with the local Ministry of Labor.  All scholars require a work permit to participate in this program in Jamaica. The work permit process begins with your host institution. 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 housing stock in the rental market typically has good availability and are of modest to high quality. Scholars can utilize online platforms or recommendations from their institutional affiliation to find private realtor firms and property management companies that can facilitate the search for proper housing options, in the recommended areas close to campus. Small/non-urban institutions (for example, a group of community/teacher's colleges) may consider partnering to cost-share, where they share the Fulbright scholars' expertise/teaching time and share the cost of housing 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
Activity Type

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) required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.


Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.

Senior Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of Recipients
Approximately 2
Program Staff
Michelle Bolourchi
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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