Nicaragua offers opportunities for dedicated and flexible scholars who want to be change-makers and positively impact the lives of their students and university colleagues. Nicaraguan academica values the contributions of U.S. Fulbright scholars and is generally eager to collaborate with scholars and institutions to take advantage of the knowledge and skills in substantive and administrative areas. Currently, however, Nicaragua is experiencing a socio-political crisis that has had a negative impact on university operations, enrollment, and citizen security. The crisis that began in April 2018 caused a decline in student enrollment and an elimination of many university positions. Currently, university operations are irregular and sometimes limited and public universities are highly politicized and under government scrutiny. While there may be limitations in working with public universities, the possibility to work with subsidized and private universities exists.
The academic year in Nicaragua varies from one institution to another, generally spanning from the beginning/middle of February to early December with a one-month break in July. Candidates should plan to concentrate on teaching and engaging in research or other activities, such as consulting or participating in seminars.
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.
Additionally, 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.
The situation in Nicaragua is fluid and insecure, but proposals for Fulbright grants will still be considered from scholars at all levels of their careers. While we will accept applications for the 2022-2023 academic year, please note that we may not be able to execute the program depending on the situation in-country at that time.