Call for Applications for Host Institutions: The 2022 Fulbright Specialist Program

August 2, 2021
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Mongolia     

Call for Applications for Host Institutions: PAS-Ulaanbaatar-018/FY2021
The 2022 Fulbright Specialist Program 

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Mongolia is now accepting applications from interested host institutions for the 2022 Fulbright Specialist Program.  The application deadline is 8:00 a.m. on Monday, September 27, 2021.   

The Fulbright Specialist Program, part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  The program supports field-driven initiatives in which foreign host institutions conceptualize and design projects of interest within an eligible discipline that represent a priority for their respective organizations.  These projects are then paired with a highly qualified U.S. academic or professional, who shares their expertise and assists with strengthening linkages between U.S. and foreign host institutions.  Participating foreign host institutions benefit by: 

  • Gaining global perspectives from experienced U.S. academics and professionals 
  • Executing projects that require a rapid response or flexible timeline through short-term, year-round exchanges 
  • Building sustained relationships with individuals and institutions in the U.S.  

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, 2022, and must be completed no later than September 30, 2022. 

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 https://worldlearning-community.force.com/FSPHost, no later than 8:30 a.m. Monday, September 27, 2021. 

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 2021. Applicants whose projects have been selected for funding by the U.S. Department of State will be notified in January 2022. 

Step 4: Successful projects must be completed no later than September 30, 2022. 

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

Prospective host institutions should direct all questions to exchange@usembassy.mn.