Fulbright Program

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The Fulbright international exchange program is an initiative of the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and is designed to facilitate mutual understanding between citizens of the United States and other countries of the world. Approved by Congress in 1946, this Fulbright offers fellows the opportunity to pursue master’s studies in U.S. higher education institutions and to take part in an unforgettable cultural experience. The program offers two years of academic study, concluding in a master’s degree conferred by a U.S. higher education institution. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, and is implemented by the International Institute of Education (IIE).

Given the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, program are subject to change. Open application programs remain open as advertised below.

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U.S. Department of State
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship
2022 – 2023 Program Cycle

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship (“Humphrey Program”) was launched in 1978 to honor the accomplishments and memory of the late Senator of Minnesota and Vice-President of the United States, Hubert H. Humphrey.  The program is sponsored and overseen by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the International Institute of Education (IIE).

The Humphrey Program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from designated countries to the United States for one year of study and related professional experience at a U.S. institute of higher education.  During the fellowship year, Humphrey fellows participate in programs that combine graduate-level academic coursework with professional development activities.

The Humphrey Program does not confer a degree. Upon completion of the program, fellows receive a certificate of participation from the U.S. government and their host university.

To determine your eligibility, please review the selection criteria for candidates below, as well as  qualifying  professional fields t for the fellowship.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Undergraduate university degree (awarded at least five years ago, e.g., degrees dated 2016 and earlier)
  • Five years of substantial professional experience in Nicaragua in one of the professional fields listed below
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Record of public service
  • Fluency in English (recommended score of 525 on the TOEFL or 80 on the TOEFL iBT)

Professional Fields:

Sustainable Development

Democratic Institution-Building

  • Agricultural & Rural Development
  • Economic Development / Finance & Banking
  • Natural Resources
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Agricultural & Rural Development
  • Economic Development / Finance & Banking
  • Natural Resources
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Education

Public Health

  • Educational Administration, Planning, and Policy
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
  • Public Health Policy and Management
  • HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention

Applications Available online at: https://apply.iie.org/huberthhumphrey
Deadline to Submit Applications: Saturday, August 31, 2021

For additional information about this program, please contact the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Managua:

Phone: 2252-7100 ext. 7609 or ext. 7342
E-mail:FulbrightMNG@state.gov
Please include “Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship” in the subject line of your e-mail

Program Objectives

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States.  The Fulbright Foreign Student Program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

The objective of the Fulbright Program is to enable fellowship recipients to pursue academic and professional fields of study and to develop their skills as leaders in these fields.  The program is an open competition and participants are selected based on their individual merit, without regard to institution, affiliation, race, orientation, or belief.

Fields of Study

Applications will be accepted for degree programs in the following fields of study:

  • Business/Public Administration
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Journalism & Communications
  • Social Sciences (e.g. American Studies, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, and Linguistics)
  • Natural Sciences (e.g., Agriculture and Natural Resources)
  • Social Work

Selection Criteria

  • Nicaraguan citizenship and current residency in Nicaragua.
  • Undergraduate degree equivalent to a Bachelor of Arts (BA), or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
  • Strong command of the English language (recommended 550 on the P/TOEFL or 80 on the TOEFL iBT).
  • Excellent academic background.
  • Little to no experience in the United States.
  • Potential benefit to Nicaragua after return from studies.

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 or dentistry in the United States.
  • Individuals who are currently living or working in the United States, or who have had extensive recent experience in the United States.
  • Dual citizens of Nicaragua and the United States

Application Procedure

Note: Applicants may only apply for one award per application cycle.

Timeline

  • May 2021: Competition opens.
  • July 31, 2021: Deadline for applications.
  • August 2021: Invitation for interviews for shortlisted candidates.
  • September 2021: Notification of Fulbright selection and candidacy by Embassy.
  • October 2021: Following notification by the Embassy, selected candidates take required standardized tests (e.g. TOEFL, GRE and/or GMAT).
  • December 2021: Applicants are notified of final selection for fellowship by Fulbright Scholarship Board, Washington, DC.
  • January 2022: University application submissions in coordination with IIE’s Placement Office.
  • March-May 2022: University admission decisions.
  • July-September 2022: Departure for the United States, commencement of academic programs.

For more information about this program or the electronic application, please contact:

U.S. Embassy Managua
Public Affairs Section
Phone: 2252-7100 ext. 7609 or ext. 7342
E-mail:FulbrightMNG@state.gov
Please include “Fulbright Foreign Student Program” in the subject line of your e-mail.

2021 – 2022 Fulbright Faculty Development Program
(Fulbright-LASPAU)

The objective of the Fulbright Faculty Development Program (also known as the 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.

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

Selection Criteria

  • Citizenship and current residency in Nicaragua
  • Undergraduate degree and excellent academic performance
  • Nomination by the university where the applicant is employed
  • Demonstrated commitment to university lecturing and/or research
  • Commitment to return to Nicaragua after completing the program
  • Good command of English. A score above 90 (TOEFL iBT) is recommended.
  • 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

  1. All applicants must be nominated by their respective universities.
  2. 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.
  3. Please check the required documents for each step of the process in our complete List of Required Applicant Documents
  4. The application will also be accessible on the Fulbright Laspau’s website. Applicants should click on the “Apply Now” button.
  5. 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,” 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.

For additional information about this program, please contact the Public Affairs Section’s Office of Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Managua:

Phone: 2252-7100 ext. 7609 or ext. 7342
E-mail: FulbrightMNG@state.gov
(Please include the title “Fulbright LASPAU” 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/nursing 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 who hold dual citizenship with the United States.

Application Procedure and Competition Schedule

  • March 1, 2021: Competition opens.
  • May 1, 2021:  Deadline for applications.
  • June 2021: Pre-selected candidates will be invited to institutional tests.
  • July 2021:  Invitation for interviews for shortlisted candidates.
  • August 2021:  Notification of candidacy by Embassy/Submission of completed Fulbright application form.
  • September 2021:  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 2021:  Notification of candidacy by Fulbright Scholarship Board, Washington, D.C.
  • January 2022: University submissions by LASPAU’s Placement Office.
  • March/May 2022:  Intensive English Programs and/or University responses for admission.
  • August/September 2022:  Departure of grantees for the United States.

A program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX
2021-2022 PROGRAM OVERVIEW
FOR INTERNATIONAL TEACHERS

Program Overview

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (Fulbright TEA) Program 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 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 390,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Fulbright program.

The 2021-2022 program will mark the twenty-fifth year of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (formerly the Teaching Excellence Awards program), the fourth year the program has been  known as the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program, and the third year to offer the Media Literacy Cohorts.

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

Program Components

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

  • Take part in tailored graduate-level seminars at a U.S. host university.
  • Observe classes, co-teach, and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues in U.S. secondary schools.
  • Engage in an online professional learning community with other participants to share best practices and other elements of host and home country educational systems; and
  • Take part in other educational and cultural activities while on program in the United States.

Upon returning home, teachers will share the knowledge and experience gained on the program with teachers and students in their home schools and 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 Fulbright TEA Program provides academic seminars focusing on new teaching methodologies, student-centered learning, content-based instruction, lesson planning, and instructional technology training for teachers.

U.S. School Placements: The program will also include a practicum of at least 40 hours with a U.S. partner teacher in a secondary school near the host university to actively engage participants in the U.S. classroom environment. Cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support will be provided to participants throughout the program.

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.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Current secondary-level, 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
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of three years of experience of full-time teaching by the start of program, with a preference for those who have completed at least five years of full-time experience
  • Demonstrated oral and written English language proficiency
  • Citizen and resident of participating Fulbright TEA country
  • Other requirements as indicated in the application

An independent review committee will be convened to select participants for the program through a merit-based competition.

How to Apply

Program Dates

Spring 2022

  • November-December 2021: Pre-Departure Orientation: Prior to arrival in the United States, the U.S. Embassy or Fulbright Commission will conduct a Pre-Departure Orientation for Spring 2022 teachers.
  • Late January-mid March 2022: Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the United States.

Fall 2022

  • June-July 2022: 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 Fall 2022 teachers.
  • September-late October 2022: Fulbright teachers participate in the program in the United States.

Fulbright Program Partner Information

Fulbright Program Information: For more information or to submit your paper application and documents, contact the U.S. Embassy in Managua at FulbrightMNG@state.gov. Please indicate “Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program” in the subject of your e-mail.

What the Program Covers / Logistical Information

  1. J-1 visa support
  2. Roundtrip airfare
  3. Accommodations, meals, and incidentals for the duration of the program.
  4. Accident and sickness medical coverage (supplementary to participant’s existing insurance)
  5. A workshop in Washington, D.C.
  6. Professional development and cultural activities