The grant period is from September 2021 to June 2022 and projects must begin either in the Fall or in the Spring semester.
All applications will be evaluated by a committee of scholars, not only for their academic and professional excellence, but also for their potential to increase mutual understanding between the United States and Turkey.
For teaching awards, applicants should have at least two years of university teaching experience. Letters of invitation will be taken into account, for both teaching and research awards, but final decisions regarding scholar affiliations will be made by the Turkish Fulbright Commission. Candidates who do not have an affiliation will be assisted by the Turkish Fulbright Commission to arrange one.
The academic year in Turkey consists of two semesters: September to January and February to June, with the exception of a few universities where Fall semester is October to December and Spring semester is January to May. Candidates can obtain detailed information about the Turkish education system by visiting the website of the Fulbright Commission in Turkey. For a list of universities in Turkey, please also see this website.
An Orientation Program Meeting in Ankara is held for grantees in late September before the academic year starts in Turkey. The Orientation Meeting consists of a variety of activities including lectures on Turkish culture, recent political developments in the country, as well as cultural activities. In addition, a Mid-Year Evaluation Meeting is organized to evaluate the grantees’ work and discuss their progress with their research projects. The End of Year Meeting is held towards the end of the academic year to allow grantees to share their academic and cultural experiences in Turkey and to evaluate their overall Fulbright experience.
Depending on the timing during the academic year and the teaching and research responsibilities of the grantee, grantees may also attend conferences organized by other Fulbright commissions.
- If a grantee wants to participate in the annual Fulbright Berlin Seminar held by the German-American Fulbright Commission, the Turkish Fulbright Commission provides support.
- Grantees also have the option to contact their colleagues in Europe through the Fulbright Inter-Country Travel Grant Program, supported by various Fulbright commissions in Europe. If invited to participate in this program, associated costs are often paid by the inviting institutions and Commissions.
Prospective candidates are also encouraged to visit the Turkish Fulbright Commission’s YouTube channel where they can find videos with former grantee experiences and testimonials.
Candidates who are interested in applying for a grant in Turkey can always contact Ms. Mevlüde Bakır, the American Programs Officer at the Turkish Fulbright Commission, at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.