Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

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Fulbright Scholar Award

Multiple Disciplines

South and Central Asia


Award Details
Award Activity

Scholars will teach two to three classes per semester at the undergraduate level. 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.  

Scholars selected for this award will be required to:
  • Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Award Length
10 months
Award Dates

Grants should begin in September 2022, with arrival in August. Arrival dates are flexible and will be discussed with the scholar to accommodate his/her schedule.


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

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

Housing and Other Assistance

The Embassy's Public Affairs Staff will be available at any point during the scholar's stay in Turkmenistan to provide assistance with any sort of matter - from help with food shopping to obtaining domestic flight tickets to any social events held by the local international community. Embassy staff will also help the scholar with finding housing - generally, this is done by selecting a few apartments that the scholar could choose from after arriving in the country. The scholar will also receive assistance with getting a local sim card, get a city orientation, help with local transportation, and any other type of help that will enable the scholar to quickly get used to life in Turkmenistan.

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, 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. 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 (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

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
Early Career Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.

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 2
Program Staff
Michelle Bolourchi
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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