Call for Applications for Host Institutions: The 2021 Fulbright Specialist Program

July 24, 2020
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Mongolia

Call for Applications for Host Institutions: PAS-Ulaanbaatar-016/FY2020

The 2021 Fulbright Specialist Program


The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Mongolia is now accepting applications for the 2020 Fulbright Specialist Program.  The application deadline is 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.  The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals, and their counterparts at institutions abroad.

The Fulbright Specialist Program in Mongolia is open for Mongolian host institutions to submit single-visit project proposals for qualified U.S. scholars and professionals.  The program awards grants for projects that will last between two and six weeks.  Projects cannot begin prior to March 1, 2021, and must be completed no later than September 30, 2021.

Types of Institutions: Institutions that may be eligible to request a Fulbright Specialist include, but are not limited to:

  • Institutions of Higher Education
  • Government Institutions (ministries or agencies, courts, parliamentary or congressional bodies)
  • Cultural Institutions (conservatories, museums, etc.)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations including non-partisan, issue-centered institutions and think tanks
  • Medical Institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals, etc.)

Eligible Project Activities: The Fulbright Specialist Program encourages host institutions to tailor projects to their own needs.  However, all projects should have an education or training focus.  Due to the short-term nature of the exchange, projects should have concrete objectives that can be achieved over the course of the Specialist’s visit.  Past Specialists have supported host institutions by conducting activities such as:

  • Delivering a seminar or workshop
  • Consulting on faculty or workforce development
  • Developing academic or training curricula and materials
  • Lecturing at the graduate or undergraduate level
  • Conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a program or institution

Note: Personal research projects, including clinical medical research or projects involving patient contact, are not eligible for funding under the Fulbright Specialist Program.

In addition, proposals requesting a Specialist to assist with activities focused specifically on English language such as designing curriculum or conducting a needs assessment, teacher training or high-level educational consultations, are not eligible for the general Fulbright Specialist Program.

Along with a project proposal, Mongolian host institutions may name specific U.S. scholars or professionals to participate in the project (if that scholar/professional is listed in the Fulbright Roster of Specialists), or they may submit an “unnamed proposal,” for which an appropriate candidate will be selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB).

Funding: International travel costs and honorarium for successful projects will be covered by the Fulbright Program.  Mongolian host institutions should be prepared to provide the Specialist with lodging, meals, and in-country transportation either through monetary or in-kind contributions, throughout their full stay in country. The stipend for in-country transportation should allow the Specialist to travel to and from their lodging and project activity site, as well as allow the Specialist to conduct local activities such as grocery shopping or visiting a local market, pharmacy, etc.

Project Proposal Process:

Step 1: Prospective host institutions must submit single-visit project proposals via World Learning’s online portal at, no later than 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Step 2: The Embassy reviews all applications submitted by the deadline, and selects up to three proposals to submit to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for final approval.

Step 3: Applicants will be notified of the initial status of their proposals in October of 2020. Applicants whose projects have been selected for funding by the U.S. Department of State will be notified in January 2021.

Step 4: Successful projects must be completed no later than September 30, 2021.

Step 5: Upon completion of the project, the Mongolia host institution must submit a final report.

Prospective host institutions should direct all questions to