Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

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Multiple Disciplines

South and Central Asia


Award Details
Grant Activity

Scholars will teach two to four classes at the undergraduate level, matching the scholar's current teaching load. The university may request other activities, such as public presentations for teachers or students on the scholar’s subject, and there may be opportunities for guest lectures at other universities, including universities located in other cities in Turkmenistan.  The Embassy will ensure the scholar is assigned upper-level students, who will be more likely to have stronger language skills, and to be active participants in the classroom.

Scholars are asked to have flexibility when it comes to the academic environment in Turkmenistan, and to be ready and willing to hit the ground running.  Because of local regulations and Turkmenistan's highly centralized government, obtaining class schedules and curricula before the grant starts is not always possible. It is likely that the teaching assignment will be arranged after arrival, and that teaching materials and additional activities outside the original proposal will require official approval.  However, past Fulbright specialists and scholars have not found this to be a hindrance to their work. 

Scholars will find the local environment to be challenging, but ultimately rewarding, as the academic community is very receptive to American experts and eager to expand its knowledge.  

Grant Length
10 months
Grant Dates

Grants should begin September 2021, with arrival in August.


The scholar will be placed in one of the universities in Ashgabat (capital city) where English is the medium of instruction.

Flex Option
Discipline Type
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
American Studies
Area Studies, non- U.S.
Computer Science
Environmental Sciences
History, non- U.S.
Information Sciences/Systems
International Relations
Public Administration
Urban Planning
Areas of Interest

While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, there is interest in scholars who are in these particular specialty areas.

Proposals in the following specializations have a higher priority: international public law, international private law, international economy, international trade, international finance, insurance, international management, information and communications technology, computer technology and computer programming. Humanities are also in demand, as well as fields related to the oil and gas sphere.

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 institutions in eligible SCA countries (India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Republic of the Maldives, Sri Lanka, 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. It is not necessary to suggest activities nor identify a host for the purpose of the Fulbright application, but scholars may wish to do so pending selection. 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.

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 (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.

Application Deadline
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Candidate Profile
Academics, except early career
Number of Grants
Up To 2
Program Staff
Michelle Bolourchi
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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