Fulbright Scholar Program

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John Von Neumann Distinguished Award in STEM

Europe and Eurasia


Award Details
Award Activity

The senior scholar selected for this grant is expected to conduct cutting-edge STEM research preferably at one of Hungary’s high priority research facilities or universities (see preferred locations below). Additional teaching and outreach activities at other Hungarian institutions also possible.

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 citizens of other nations 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.

Award Length
Nine months or four months
Award Dates

Grants must begin in either September 2021 or February 2022.


The Ministry of Innovation and Technology, our partner from the Hungarian government, is sponsoring this grant to attract US scholars to several high-priority research facilities in Hungary, all of which have strong university affiliations. These priority areas include, but are not limited to:  autonomous (self-driving) vehicles, artificial intelligence (AI), 5G networks, molecular biology, physics and material science etc.

These institutions are:

  • ELI-ALPS Institute in Szeged:  Extreme Light Infrastructure research center funded by the European Union for attosecond projects.  ELI is connected to the particle and x-ray center in Prague and the photonuclear center in Bucharest, Romania.  Hungarian university researchers and their departments have access to ELI.
  • ZalaZONE Test Track in Zalaegerszeg, whose mission is to:  “Establish a full-range validation facility for the vehicles and communication technologies of the future enabling multi-level testing opportunities from prototype tests till serial products development.”  ZalaZONE is affiliated with three Hungarian universities.
  • Biological Research Centre, Szeged, affiliated with the University of Szeged, is a European Union Centre of Excellence, focuses on:  biophysics, biochemistry, genetics, plant biology.

While US scholars are free to associate with any university in Hungary, the following departments have direct relationships with the priority institutes listed above and have strong ties to the Fulbright Commission in Hungary:

  • Vehicle Industry Research Centre, Széchenyi István University, Győr
  • Department of Transportation and Vehicle System Control, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Research Group on Artificial Intelligence, University of Szeged and Hungarian Academy of Science
  • Department of Atomic Physics, ELTE Institute of Physics, Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest

Scholars, of course, may seek affiliation with any accredited research facility and university not on the above list.

Flex Option
Flex Description

Yes (2 or 3 months in 2 consecutive years)

Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
Computer Science
Information Sciences/Systems
Materials Sciences
Medical Sciences
Areas of Interest

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Special Features

Assistance with finding housing will be provided. Outreach and guest lecture opportunities at other higher education and research institutions will be arranged.

Application Deadline

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.

Number of Recipients
Up To 2
Program Staff
Kimberly Williams
Outreach and Recruitment Officer

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