Doctoral Dissertation Visiting Research Students For Greek students(Fulbright)
The Fulbright Foundation in Greece will award up to 3 grants to Greek doctoral students enrolled a a Greek university to conduct fulltime research at universities or research centers in the United States (Fulbright Visiting Student Researcher). Fulbright grants are awarded for periods of four (one semester) or of six months. The grant period may begin as early as September 15, 2017 and must be completed by May 31, 2018. The grant period cannot be divided and may be conducted at a maximum of two universities or research centers. Applications may be submitted only if applicants have received an official letter of invitation or admission from an educational institution in the United States.
Awards are open to doctoral students in all fields who are in an advanced stage of research. Applicants are solely responsible for their own affiliation in the United States and verification of fees and costs required by the U.S. host institution. Admission that includes a tuition fee does not necessary secure the same rights and access to facilities as fulltime students. Additional fees may be charged for some resources and facilities. Applicants should allow enough time to secure and establish an affiliation with an educational institution that will host them during their Fulbright grant period. Applicants have to submit well-articulated proposals and be precise about the time needed to accomplish their research objectives.
This program supports projects and activities that recognize and promote the critical relationship between educational exchange and international understanding, in addition to the intellectual merit of the proposals. Applications with broad multiplier effects are welcome, as are projects that are conducive to candidates’ sharing of their experiences and knowledge with colleagues and students in the host country (U.S.) and upon return, in Greece. This award is NOT for candidates seeking a degree.
Important factors for the selection of candidates are: good standing at the home institution, genuine need for U.S. based research, academic excellence, career potential, civic engagement, personal qualities/abilities to serve as a cultural ambassador for Greece. The Foundation will remain in contact with the student’s supervisor. All awards are subject to the Fulbright Foundation policies in compliance with the Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) guidelines and all governmental regulations regarding visas, immigration, travel and residence.
- Greek citizenship and a valid Greek passport. Candidates with dual citizenship (U.S./Greek) or permanent residence in the United States are not eligible.
- Officially enrolled at a Greek university as a Ph.D. candidate and have completed a minimum of 1 year of research at the time of the application and a maximum of 4 years. The candidate needs to remain a student in good standing at his or her institution throughout his or her grant period.
- Permanent residency in Greece and commitment to returning to Greece following the research program to fulfill the mission and the aim of the Fulbright grant.
- Dissertations cannot be completed in the US but will need to be finalized in Greece and submitted to the home institution.
- Official letter of affiliation from the U.S. university/research center which will include an invitation from the Project Director and/or the professor with whom the applicant plans to work endorsing the applicant’s visit to the U.S. institution and stating that the proposed project can be completed within the time frame specified. US institutes must declare if there are minimum funding requirements for hosting research fellows.
- Excellent command of the English language.
- Candidates must have completed a cycle of education beyond the secondary level (BA/MA) at a recognized institution, with outstanding academic results. The first degree must have been obtained from a Greek university (AEI) with a grade point average (GPA) of 8.0/10.00 and above or a degree from The American College of Greece with a GPA of 3.4/4.0 and above.
- Students may propose research for 4 or 6 months based on need. The fellowship may not be renewed and extensions are allowed only for exceptional circumstances.
- Maintain satisfactory progress in the conduct of his or her research;
- Devote fulltime research on the approved topic; engagement in any gainful employment during the fellowship period is not allowed. This includes on-campus employment such as teaching assignments;
- Preference will be given to candidates below the age of 35 at the time of application.
- Preference will be given to qualified candidates who have not had substantial recent experience in the United States.
- Candidates in the United States at the time of application are not eligible to apply.
- The Fulbright grant is a non-renewable grant that provides a monthly maintenance allowance towards living expenses and university fees for the duration of the grant period, roundtrip airfare, and limited health and accident insurance. The amount of this allowance depends of the Foundation’s budget for each year and on the Fulbright Committee’s recommendation but is currently set to the amount of US $ 2,000 / month. Depending on the host institution, most U.S. universities do not charge fees or tuition for research students and, depending on the location, the grant fully covers the financial requirements needed for the J1 visa issuance. Grantees will receive funds upon their departure.
- Round trip travel allowance according to Fulbright Travel Policies & Regulations.
- Limited health and accident insurance (for grantee only). All participants will receive the Department of State’s health insurance coverage (A+SPE) with a max. benefit of $100,000 per sickness or per injury and with $25 co-pay per medical visit, $75 co-pay per emergency entry or hospitalization for the duration of the program. Pre-existing conditions are not covered. Some U.S. universities demand that you enroll in their health insurance plan. Make sure to inquire whether there will be any additional cost.
- Pre-departure orientation session.
- Participation in the Annual Awards ceremony.
- Fulbright Certificate of Award.
- J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa sponsorship.
- Gateway Orientation, Enrichment Seminars, and other benefits/invitations offered by the cooperating agency in the United States: the Institute of International Education (IIE)
- Membership in the online global community for all participants of U.S. government sponsored exchange programs (such as the Fulbright program). International Exchange Alumni website
Fulbright Awards offer financial support for research in the U.S. However, Fulbright is much more than a scholarship: we offer fellows the opportunity to have a transformative cultural and academic experience and provide unrivaled support both during and after their Fulbright year. While a Fulbright Award is up to six months in length, the benefits do not end there. Receiving a Fulbright Award opens many doors and provides unparalleled global networking opportunities.