Fulbright Program

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The Fulbright Program is by excellence the premier exchange program of the U.S. State Department. This program provides its participants (chosen por their academic merits and leadership potential) the opportunity to study, to teach, to research or to exchange ideas.

The international exchange Fulbright Program was an initiative of late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries of the world.  Fulbright is a prestigious scholarship program for talented students with an excellent scholastic background.  Approved by Congress in 1946, this program offers participants the opportunity to pursue master’s studies in prestigious American universities and to take part in an unforgettable cultural experience.  The program offers two years of academic study.

Program Objectives

The program operates on the basis of autonomy and open competition of individual merit, without regard to the individuals’ institution, affiliation, race, color, or belief.   The objective of the Fulbright Program is to enable the recipients to pursue particular fields of study and to develop professional leaders in these fields.

Fields of Study

Applications will be accepted in the following fields:

– Business/Public Administration
– Education
– Engineering
– Journalism & Communication
– Social Sciences (American Studies, Economics,
Int’l Relations & Pol. Sci., Sociology, and Linguistics)
– Natural Sciences (Agriculture and Natural Resources)
– Social Work

 

 Selection Criteria

  • Citizenship and current residency in Nicaragua
  • Undergraduate degree equivalent to a B.A. or B.S.
  • Good command of English language (equivalent to 550 in the P/TOEFL or 80 in the iBT).
  • Excellent academic history
  • Preference is given to those with little or no U.S. experience
  • Possibility to apply in Nicaragua the knowledge acquired through the scholarship

 Applications

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Deadline to submit applications: May 15, 2018

Applications can be sent: via electronic mail to: Fulbrightmng@state.gov (please include the title program “Fulbright Graduate Program” in the subject line of your e-mail), or addressed to the Public Affairs Section and submitted at the service gate of the American Embassy, or sent by mail to the following address:

Oficina de Asuntos Públicos,
Embajada de los Estados Unidos de América,
Km. 5.5 Carretera Sur, Managua.

Individuals Who Are Not Eligible for a Fulbright Grant

  • Nicaraguans who are currently studying, researching, or lecturing in American universities.
  • Individuals who intend to pursue an internship, residency or research at a U.S. school of medicine/dentistry in the U.S.
  • Individuals who are currently living or working in the United States, or who have had extensive recent experience in the United States.
  • Nicaraguans with dual citizenship with the United States.

Application Procedure and Competition Schedule

  • February 7, 2018: Competition opens
  • April 27, 2018: Deadline for preliminary applications
  • June 6, 2018: Invitation for interviews for shortlisted candidates
  • June 23, 2018: Notification of candidacy by Embassy/Submission of completed Fulbright application form
  • August 2018: Following notification by the Embassy, selected candidates must be invited to retake international tests, TOEFL, GRE and/or GMAT.  Nicaraguan applicants for the Fulbright program are required to submit international test scores for the program and for the graduate school applications in the United States.
  • December 2018: Notification of candidacy by Fulbright Scholarship Board, Washington, DC
  • January 2019: University submissions by IIE’s Placement Office
  • March/May 15, 2018:  University responses
  • July/Sept. 2018: Departure for the United States.  Beginning of the academic program for the selected grantees.

If you need additional information about this program or electronic application, please contact:

Maira Vargas
Cultural Affairs Specialist
Public Affairs Section, American Embassy-Managua
Phone: 2252-7100 x 7609 or 7342
Web: https://ni.usembassy.gov/education-culture/
E-mail: Fulbrightmng@state.gov
(please include the title program “Fulbright Graduate Program” in the subject line of your e-mail)

The objective of the Faculty Development Program (known also as Fulbright-LASPAU program,) is to support the development of faculty members at Nicaraguan universities by offering scholarships for master’s or doctoral studies at U.S. universities to dedicated professionals in higher education with excellent scholastic capacities.  The program selects highly qualified professors dedicated to excellence in higher education studies.  Those nominated by their Nicaraguan university must show a personal commitment to continue lecturing at the sponsoring university upon their return.

Selection Criteria

  • Citizenship and current residency in Nicaragua
  • Undergraduate degree and excellent academic performance
  • Commitment to university lecturing and/or research
  • Nominated by applicant’s university
  • Commitment to return to Nicaragua after completing the program
  • Good English command, 500 in P&P TOEFL (575 for some fields such as Business Administration, Communications, etc.)
  • Candidates who have received previous Fulbright awards are not eligible

Fields of Study

  • Business/Public Administration – Social Sciences
  • Education – Natural Sciences
  • Engineering – Social Work
  • Journalism & Communication

Selection Process

All applicants must be nominated by their respective universities.

Before filling out the application, candidates will be asked to fill out a “Fulbright Applicant Information Form,” allowing the program to determine whether they are eligible for the Fulbright-LASPAU scholarship or not, based on their country of citizenship.

To begin a new application, candidates should visit the following link: https://laspau.force.com/grantee/Form?tfa_form=117

Applicants will receive by e-mail direct link to the full Fulbright-LASPAU application.

Please check the required documents for each step of the process downloading our Required Document Checklist (PDF – 225kb)

Applications

Applications will be online and access is available from February 7, 2018 on the web (see link above) or can be requested by e-mail to: Fulbrightmng@state.gov

(please include the title program “Fulbright Faculty Development Program” in the subject line of your e-mail).

Deadline to Submit Full Applications: May 15, 2018 

Interested candidates should contact the appropriate university office in their home institution to begin the selection and nomination process and submit: the “Nominating Institution Verification Form,” (download here – PDF – 33kb) along with the Statement of Purpose, CV, and an official letter from the university to the Public Affairs Section of the American Embassy in Managua. This submission can be through e-mail: Fulbrightmng@state.gov  (please include the title program “Fulbright Faculty Development Program” in the subject line of your e-mail) or submitted in hard copy at the service gate of the American Embassy, or sent by mail to the following address:

Programa Fulbright
Oficina de Asuntos Públicos
Embajada de los Estados Unidos
Km. 5.5 Carretera Sur, Managua.

If you need additional information or orientation about this program, please contact:

Maira Vargas
Cultural Affairs Specialist
American Embassy – Managua
Phone: 2252-7100 x 7609 or 7342
E-mail: Fulbrightmng@state.gov
(please include the title program “Fulbright Faculty Development Program” in the subject of your e-mail.)

 Individuals Who Are Not Eligible for a Fulbright Grant

  •  Nicaraguans who are currently studying, researching, or lecturing in American universities.
  • Individuals who intend to pursue an internship, residency or research at a U.S. school of medicine/dentistry/nurse in the U.S.
  • Individuals who are currently living and/or working in the United States, or who have had extensive recent experience in the United States.
  • Nicaraguans with dual citizenship with the United States.

Application Procedure and Competition Schedule

  • February 7, 2018: Competition opens
  • April 27, 2018: Deadline for applications
  • June 9, 2018: Pre-selected candidates will be invited to institutional tests
  • August 3, 2018: Invitation for interviews for shortlisted candidates
  • August 31, 2018: Notification of candidacy by Embassy/Submission of completed Fulbright application form
  • September 2018: Following notification by the Embassy, selected candidates may need to take additional international tests such as TOEFL, GRE, and/or GMAT.  Nicaraguan applicants for the Fulbright programs are required to submit international test scores for graduate school applications in the United States.
  • December 2018: Notification of candidacy by Fulbright Scholarship Board, Washington, D.C.
  • January 2019: University submissions by LASPAU’s Placement Office
  • March/May 2019: University responses
  • August/September 2019: Departure of grantees for the United States.

This program is under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas (LASPAU) )  http://www.laspau.harvard.edu/

2019 – 2020
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship

The Humphrey Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice-President, Hubert H. Humphrey.  This program brings accomplished professionals from designated countries to the United States at a mid-point in their career for a year of study and related professional experience.  During the fellowship year, the Humphrey fellows participate in programs that combine graduate-level academic coursework with professional development activities.  This program is not designed to offer a degree.  Upon completion of the program, participants receive a special certificate from the U.S. government and the host university.

PROFESSIONAL FIELDS

Sustainable Development Democratic Institution Building
Agricultural & Rural Development
Economic Development/Finance & Banking
Natural Resources/Environmental Policy/Climate Change
Urban and Regional Planning
Communication/Journalism
Law and Human Rights
Public Policy Analysis/Public Admin
Trafficking in Persons Policy & Prevention
Technology Policy and Management
Human Resource Management
Education Public Health
Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
Higher Education Administration
Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
Public Health Policy and Management

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Undergraduate university degree (dated five years ago, minimum)
  • Five years of substantial professional experience in Nicaragua
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Record of public service
  • Fluency in English is required (550 in the TOEFL or 79-80 in the iBT-TOEFL.)  However, the program can offer pre-academic language training if it is required.

APPLICATIONS: Available at: https://iie.embark.com/apply/humphreyfellowship.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS: July 10, 2018

If you need additional information about this program, please contact:

Maira Vargas, Cultural Affairs Specialist, American Embassy – Managua, Phone: 2252-7100 x 7609 or 7342; E-mail: fulbrightmng@state.gov(please include the title program “Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship” in the subject line of your e-mail)

This Program is Administered by the Institute of International Education (Iie)

2019 – 2020
Nida – Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship
Drug Abuse Research Fellowship

The Humphrey Program was initiated in 1978 to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Senator and Vice-President, Hubert H. Humphrey.  This program brings accomplished professionals from designated countries to the United States at a mid-point in their career for a year of study and related professional experience.

The NIDA-Humphrey is an international research and exchange collaboration to advance scientific understanding about drug abuse and addiction.  To foster these exchanges, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) partners with the U.S. Department of State to support a unique training program for mid- career drug abuse professionals.  This program is not designed to offer a degree, but to provide broad, professional enrichment.  Upon completion of the program, the participants receive a special certificate from the U.S. government and the host university.

Selection Criteria

  • Doctoral degree in medicine, public health, bio-medical, or social sciences is preferred
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Demonstrated commitment to leadership and public service
  • A mid-career position in a university, non-governmental organization, government ministry, health care profession, or other drug abuse-related occupation where science-based evidence contributes to practice,  policy, or program development
  • Residency and employment in Nicaragua for the past five years

Professional Fields

  • Substance Abuse Research, Education, Treatment, and Prevention
  • Drug Abuse and Public Health, including HIV/AIDS.

The Fellowship Includes

  • Mentored academic study at a preeminent U.S. university
  • A minimum 6-week research affiliation and professional experience with a NIDA-supported scientist
  • Additional professional development activities to establish personal relationships with NIDA grantees and officials who are interested in collaborating with you after you return home
  • Tuition, stipend for books and living expenses, travel, health insurance, and allowance to support professional development activities, and participation in the national Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Seminar in Washington, DC.

APPLICATIONS: available at:  https://iie.embark.com/apply/humphreyfellowship
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS:  July 10, 2018

If you need additional information about this program, please contact: Maira Vargas, Cultural Specialist; American Embassy – Managua, Phone: 2252-7100 x 7609 or 7342; E-mail: fulbrightmng@state.gov  (please include the title program “H. H. Humphrey Fellowship” in the subject line of your e- mail)

This Program is Administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE)

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A program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State and administered by IREX for International High School Educators

Program Overview

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former United States Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright grants are awarded to students, scholars, teachers and other professionals from the United States and to foreign nationals to study, teach, or conduct research. Since its inception in 1946, more than 370,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Fulbright program.

The 2018-2019 program will mark the twenty-second year of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (formerly the Teaching Excellence Awards program) and the first year the program will be known as the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program.

Teachers are nominated to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program based on their educational experience, academic training, leadership and professional experience. Final selection of Fulbright TEA teachers is made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). The FFSB is an independent, presidentially appointed board that has oversight responsibility for all Fulbright academic exchange programs.

Download an informational flyer about the program

Program Components

Teachers who are selected to participate in the Fulbright TEA Program will:

  1. Participate in advanced undergraduate or graduate level classes at a U.S. host university.
  2. Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools.
  3. Participate in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and
  4. Take part in other education and cultural activities while on program in the United States.

Upon returning home, teachers will be expected to share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and within their communities.

University Coursework:

Weekly Seminars: Teachers will participate in weekly seminars at their host university featuring presentations and discussions led by university staff, faculty members, and invited educational experts. The academic seminars will focus on new teaching methodologies, curriculum development, lesson planning, and instructional technology training. Intensive English language instruction will be offered to teachers who need additional practice.

U.S. School Placements: Teachers will be placed in a U.S. secondary school during the U.S. program, where they will observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise and information about their home countries and schools. Each Fulbright teacher will be paired with a U.S. partner educator at their assigned school to facilitate sharing of best practices between the teachers. Host University staff will identify schools and partner teachers near the university campus that are appropriate to each grantee’s teaching discipline(s).

Online Professional Learning Community: Each Fulbright teacher will participate in a virtual community with other international educators to collaborate and share best practices about education and leadership in the participating countries.

Applicants must:

  1. Be full-time teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), math, science, or social studies, including special education teachers in those subjects at institutions serving primarily a local population;
  2. Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience;
  3. Have five or more years of full-time teaching experience at the start of the program;
  4. Be citizen of and resident in Nicaragua
  5. Earn a minimum score of 45 on an internet based TOEFL or the equivalent on the paper-based TOEFL or an authorized English test.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program;
  7. Submit a complete application.

How to Apply:

Teachers can complete the online application which as available at: irex.org/fulbright-tea or download a printable application (PDF – 1.1MB).

  • Teachers should also complete a Leave Approval Form which can be downloaded here (PDF – 286kb).
  • Deadline to submit online or paper application: March 15, 2018.
  • If you complete the paper application, send to: Fulbrightmng@state.gov (Note: please make sure on your email, the subject says: “Fulbright TEA”)

For further information or assistance, please contact:

Lizzet González
Embajada de los Estados Unidos de América
Teléfono: 2252-7100 x 7609 o 7546
Correo Electrónico: Fulbrightmng@state.gov
Note: Please make sure to include Fulbright TEA in the subject of your email

Program Dates

Cohort I:

  • November-December 2018: Pre-Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Cohort I teachers.
  • Late January 2019: Fulbright teachers begin their program in the United States. 3

Cohort II:

  • June-July 2019: Pre-Program Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Cohort II teachers.
  • Mid-September 2019: Fulbright teachers begin their program in the United States.

Logistical Information

  • Travel: IREX will make international travel arrangements and provide all teachers with an international airline ticket. Fulbright teachers will also be reimbursed for round-trip travel expenses between their home city and the point of departure for the United States; however, participants (or U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions) are responsible for making these domestic travel arrangements to and from the international airport. Fulbright teachers may travel after the end of their program during the thirty day grace period of the J-1 visa, provided that all conditions in the Terms and Conditions are met.
  • Housing: Participants will live on or near the host university campus in housing that is arranged for them. Dependents are not permitted to accompany the teachers on the program.
  • Finances: Each Fulbright teacher will receive a maintenance allowance during the program to cover expenses such as supplies for classes, household items, personal items, medical co-payments, and cultural and other activities. Also included in this total is a daily stipend to purchase groceries, meals at local restaurants, or food from on-campus dining services. Costs associated with housing, required program activities, and other program-related expenses are paid in advance by the Fulbright TEA Program and may vary by host university.

Fulbright Program Partner Information

For more information, contact the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission in your home country. Contact information is on the program website at irex.org/fulbright-tea.

The Fulbright Science & Technology Award (Fulbright S & T) is a worldwide competition from which approximately 40 exceptional candidates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) attend top U.S. university programs. This award is designed to be among the most prestigious international scholarships in science and technology. Applicants selected to be grantees, known as Fulbright Science & Technology Fellows, will begin their three years of U.S. government sponsorship at U.S. institutions in the Fall of 2013. At the conclusion of the three year period, the U.S. university may provide the additional resources to complete the doctoral degree. In addition, Fellows receive special allowances for the purchase of lab and research materials and for travel to academic conferences.

Elegible Fields of Study

– Astronomy/Aeronautical Engineering
– Agriculture (theoretical focus or research)
– Geology/Earth and – Atmospheric Sciences
– Biology/ Biomedical Engineering
– Chemical Sciences
– Public Health (biostatistics or epidemiology)
– Environmental Science/Engineering
– Information Science/Systems (eng. Focus)
– Neurosciences
– Energy/Petroleum
– Geology
– Engineering (Chemistry, Electricity, civil, etc.)
– Mathematics/Physics
Oceanography

 

Election Criteria

  • Nicaraguan citizen and residing in Nicaragua
  • Complete undergraduate degree before August 1st, 2012
  • Some research experience
  • Excellent English command (580 TOEFL score or more)
  • High quantitative GRE score (700 or more)
  • Outstanding academic history
  • Future impact of research project in Nicaragua

Contact Us

If you need additional information, please contact:

Maira Vargas Roa
Cultural Affairs Specialist
2252-7100 x 7342 or 7609
e-mail: Fulbrightmng@state.gov

This program is under the auspices of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America

The Fulbright NEXUS Program offers a collaborative model for regional scholarly exchange that moves beyond theory.  Program participants will spend up to one year engaged in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving, and multi-disciplinary research in one of three inter-related areas:

  • Science, technology and innovation;
  • Entrepreneurship; or
  • Sustainable energy

Up to 20 individuals will be chosen for this new program. Approximately one-third of Fulbright NEXUS grantees will be selected from the United States. Approximately two-thirds of the grantees will originate from Western Hemisphere countries other than the U.S. (Latin America, Canada, or the Caribbean).

Elegibility and Selection

Applicants must be conducting current research relevant to the program’s themes and objectives, be open to exploring and incorporating comparative, interdisciplinary approaches in their investigations, and interested in developing collaborative activities with other Fulbright NEXUS Scholars.

  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of Nicaragua at the time of application. Researchers holding permanent residency “green cards,” whether or not they reside in the U.S., are not eligible.
  • Participants should be early or mid-career academics, applied researchers and/or professionals with research experience in the public, non-profit, or private sector.
  • A Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree is preferred, but is not required. Candidates with a master’s degree are required to have a minimum of five years of research experience.
  • Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English.

Grant Provisions

  • Scholars will receive funding in the amount of USD $30,000 for grantees only.
  • Accommodations and meals for all group meetings will be covered separately.
  • Grants will also include limited accident and sickness benefits.

Contact Us

If you need additional information, please contact:

Maira Vargas Roa
Cultural Affairs Specialist
2252-7100 x 7342 or 7609
e-mail: Fulbrightmng@state.gov

This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State.