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

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 applicant's area of expertise.

For teaching/research projects, candidates should plan a 50/50 ratio of teaching to research. Scholars are also encouraged to engage with EducationUSA Guatemala in events such as alumni fairs and workshops. 

Scholars selected for this award can choose to:
  • Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Award Length
4 to 9 months
Award Dates

All grants must begin in January 2023. The academic year in Guatemala starts in January and ends in November. Arrivals prior to January 10 are strongly discouraged. Arrivals later than January 2023 may be considered with suficient justification.

Note: Guatemalan universities are not accessible during the months of November and December.

For Flex grants, see Flex Option section.

All Scholars traveling to Guatemala must 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 in Guatemala, the U.S. Embassy will hold an incoming briefing to address 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 (URL) University. These universities have campuses throughout the country. Recent fellows have been hosted by URL Quetzaltenango.

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

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 2023. 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
Applications are sought in all disciplines
Areas of Interest

Disciplines below are areas of interest (though all disciplines will be accepted):

Area Studies, non- U.S.
Art History
Creative Writing
Culinary Arts
Environmental Sciences
Gender Studies
History, American
History, non- U.S.
International Relations
Literature, non- U.S.
Materials Sciences
Medical Sciences
Museum Studies
Political Science
Public Administration
Public Health
Public Policy
Social Work
Urban Planning

Projects that connect to Mission Goals of the U.S. Embassy are especially welcome. These include improving governance, increasing economic prosperity, reducing irregular outward migration, and enhancing citizen security.  More information on Mission priorities can be found here: https://gt.usembassy.gov/our-relationship/policy-history/

Special Features

Applicants should note Guatemalan universities 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
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) not required
Career Profile

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

Early Career Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.

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.

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

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