Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

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Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Sri Lanka
South and Central Asia


Award Details
Award Activity

Teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses and/or conduct research in the area of specialization. Assist in curriculum development and faculty training. Independent research may also be undertaken that is related to the proposed Fulbright activity/field. Feasibility of research projects, the impact of teaching/research to build capacity and fill a need/gap in expertise locally, and potential for continued future collaborations will be considered prior to awards being granted. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the host institution and to develop their research and/or teaching proposals in consultation with host institution colleagues. 

Applicants who plan to carry out a combination of teaching and research activities at the Sri Lankan host institution should specify the percentage of the grant for each activity and define this in their project statement.

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and people of Sri Lanka and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Scholars selected for this award will be required 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
Four to nine months
Award Dates

Grants may begin any time after October 2022, provided that they are concluded by September 30, 2023.

The U.S.-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission recommends a start date, usually in November, to coincide with the in-country orientation program.  Later start dates, agreed upon in consultation with the Commission, will be supported.

Due to year-end examinations and vacations, teaching and research are not possible in the majority of Sri Lankan institutions during certain times in the academic year.  Applicants should inquire from the potential host university and take this into consideration in proposing dates for the grant period to ensure that there is sufficient teaching time and that the university will be open to be able to conduct research.


Any appropriate institution. When possible,  preference will be given to institutions that have not hosted a Fulbright grantee or are not engaged in collaborative projects with the U.S.  Prospective scholar applicants can contact the Fulbright Commission, Sri Lanka to secure advice on identifying potential host institutions.

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all disciplines
Areas of Interest

Fields/areas of study that will be given priority based on capacity building needs in Sri Lanka: Nursing education, Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Commercial Agriculture, Teaching English as a Second Language, Forensic Medicine, Marine, Psychological Counselling, Data Sciences. Marine Conservation and Archaeology, Higher Education Administration, and Management – Organizational and Strategic Management, Corporate Finance, Operations Process and Productivity, Digital Entrepreneurship.

Special Features

South and Central Asia Fulbright Regional Travel Grant: During their grant period, Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia (SCA) region may apply for a regional travel grant to engage in a variety of activities at academic institutions or non-profit organizations in eligible SCA countries (India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Republic of the Maldives, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).  Activities that U.S Scholars may engage in include: faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, conferences, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, or some combination thereof. Scholars in the arts may be invited to give master classes or recitals, participate in exhibitions or workshops, or consult with cultural institutions. Activities may not include research. This grant will cover travel to and from the destination and lodging may be offered by the hosting institution. Scholars may only apply for this grant once in-country on their Fulbright grant. As funds are limited, Scholars are limited to one such travel grant.

Before traveling to another country on a Regional Travel Grant, it is important to confirm trip details with the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section or Fulbright Commission in that country.

Please note: The 2022-23 Fulbright Regional Travel Program will be dependent on global travel conditions. More information will be provided prior to grant departure.  

South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference: With funding provided by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S.-India Educational Foundation (the Fulbright Commission in India) invites eligible Fulbright Scholars in the South and Central Asia region to attend the annual South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference in India in 2023 (usually held in February or March). The conference is an opportunity for current Fulbright U.S. Scholars who are on their Fulbright grants in the SCA region at the time of the conference to gather to discuss each other’s work and educational exchange issues and to invite suggestions for the future development and enhancement of the Fulbright Program. Financial assistance to attend the conference is provided as an additional Fulbright grant benefit.

Please note: The 2022-23 South and Central Asia Fulbright Midyear Conference will be dependent on global travel conditions. More information will be provided prior to grant departure.  

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
Higher Education Administrators and Executives

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of administrators or executives with a focus on the international dimensions of their campuses.

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
Up To 3
Program Staff
Michelle Bolourchi
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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