Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

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What is the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program?

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program offers one six-to-nine month research grant, and is intended for highly motivated scholars with advanced degrees (Ph.D.), or professional equivalency from higher education institutes, think tanks, and relevant government and non-government organizations who propose to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions in the fields of their specialization.  Program availability is subject to available funding.

  • Promote mutual understanding by fostering long-term collaboration and institutional linkages;
  • Support Mongolian higher education capacity building through faculty exchange and development;

Grant benefits for the Fulbright Scholar Program include all related expenses, a stipend, and cost of the grantee’s two-way international travel.  The program allows dependent/s to accompany the grantee on J-2 visas. However, the award do not include an additional allowance for dependents.  All expenses for J-2 dependents must be covered by the grantee.  Please note that the program stipend is not sufficient to support anyone in addition to the grantee.

We seek proposals on a wide range of topics in all disciplines with a priority in STEM education and university administration.

To qualify for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Mongolian citizen, currently living in Mongolia;
  • Hold a doctoral degree or equivalent professional training;
  • Have a minimum of 10 years of full-time work experience; and
  • Hold excellent English language skills (i.e. ACTFL Advanced Low or higher).

Preference will be given to candidates who have not had extensive recent experience in the United States. Extensive U.S. experience could include:

  • Individuals with recent U.S. experience (more than 6 months within the last 5 years); and
  • Individuals who have attended a graduate school in the U.S. for one academic year or more during the last seven years.

Individuals with U.S permanent resident status are ineligible.

In order to apply for the Fulbright Scholar Program, a prospective applicant must submit an online application through the online application system.  All relevant documents in support of the application also need to be uploaded electronically to the online application system.  The following is a list of documents that are required:

  • Three reference letters
  • A letter of invitation from a host institution, mandatory
  • Correspondence from U.S. institutions, if available
  • Curriculum Vitae

All U.S. Government scholarship programs are merit-based. Although we take into account special circumstances of candidates such as disability, disadvantaged background, or any other notable characteristics, the final decision is made based on the candidate’s overall strength as represented by the application quality and interview.  We also consider one’s ability to be a cultural ambassador and his/her ability and motivation to give back to the community.

Following are the main steps for selection for the Fulbright program:

  • Technical Screening: This is the initial review to verify the completeness of the applications. During technical screening, we check to see two main things:
  • If applications and any required supplemental documents are complete
  • If applicants meet all the eligibility requirements
  • Application Review: After technical screening, all complete applications are reviewed by an application review committee.  During this process, each application is reviewed by a minimum of three people.
  • Short List: Based on the recommendations of the application review committee, an interview short list is created.  Candidates who are included in the short list are then invited for an in-person interview.
  • Interview: An interview panel consisting of representatives of the U.S. embassy and program alumni interview all short listed candidates and select finalists to be nominated to final review and approval.
  • Final Selection: Finalists approved by the Foreign Fulbright Scholarship Board (FFSB) are then officially declared as Fulbright nominees.  FFSB is a group of individuals appointed by the President of the United States and hold the authority to approve or disapprove all Fulbright nominations from around the world.

March-October: Program is announced and applications are received;

November-December: Technical screening, application review, and interview;

April-June: All applicants will be notified of their application results via email;

August-September: Embassy pre-departure orientation and departure to the United States.