Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

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Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Costa Rica
Western Hemisphere


Award Details
Award Activity

Teach, teach and conduct research, or conduct research in any area of interest. For teaching/research projects, candidates should plan a 60/40 ratio between teaching and research. 

Scholars selected for this award can choose to:
  • Advise and/or mentor students
  • Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
  • 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 six months
Award Dates

Grants may begin in July 2022 or later. Start date must be coordinated with the host institution in Costa Rica. The academic year at public universities begins in February/March and end in November/December with a break in July. 

All Scholars to Costa Rica are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which typically takes place in late June, prior to beginning their Fulbright grant. 



Scholars should affiliate with one of the institutions listed below:

University of Costa Rica (UCR)
National Autonomous University (UNA)
Costa Rica Technological Institute
National University of Distance Education (UNED)
EARTH University
INCAE Business School 
CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center)
Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN) 
Ministry of Public Education

Applications for other universities are considered by the U.S. Embassy on a case-by-case basis.

If the grantee is in the field of English Teaching, the embassy requests that they also work with the Ministry of Public Education, in addition to the university host institution.

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 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.

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Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all disciplines
Areas of Interest

Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines.Those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are of particular interest. TEFL applications are a priority for the embassy, especially those that emphasize ESP and professional development.

The following disciplines are also encouraged: the environment, renewable energy, sustainable development, economics and international trade, economic and tax reform, legislative reform, governability, political science, linguistics, and journalism.

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
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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