Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2021-2022

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce its annual Fulbright competition for Belarusian scholars for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree, post-doctoral award program for researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic institutions in Belarus who wish to conduct post-doctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States. Program length is 3-6 months.

All candidates must currently be affiliated with one of the universities or research institutions in Belarus. Special preference will be given to candidates who have the capacity and commitment to take full advantage of a program of research or lecturing at a U.S. institution, and who are willing to share their experience and knowledge after returning to Belarus. The Fulbright experience should be of value not only to the scholar, but also to the scholar’s home university – its students and faculty – as well as to the host U.S. institution. Fulbright scholars serve as cultural ambassadors and should be prepared to speak about their country, culture, and research to academic and community groups.


Interested candidates also must:

  • be citizens and residents of Belarus;
  • hold a Ph.D. or a post-graduate academic degree of “Kandydat Nauk” or “Doctor Nauk” in the field of research/lecturing;
  • be proficient in oral and written English;
  • receive a satisfactory medical clearance.

Fields of study

  • Agriculture
  • American Studies
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • Information Sciences
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public/Global Health
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Theater
  • Urban Planning

Program funding

The program is fully sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and provides the following items during the grant period:

  • International airfare cost for return ticket;
  • Monthly stipend for the whole grant period;
  • Professional allowance;
  • Settling-in allowance;
  • Accompanying dependent monthly allowance;
  • Health insurance.

Application Process

Interested applicants should complete an online application at: https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2021/

Online application must include the following:

  • Detailed project statement of proposed activity for research/lecturing in the U.S.;
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae (resume);
  • Three (3) letters of reference;
  • Bibliography (research proposal) and/or course syllabus (lecturing proposal);
  • Letter of invitation from a preferred U.S. host institution;
  • Photocopy of doctoral or kandidatskaya degree;
  • Copy of passport.

The submission deadline for the online application is December 15, 2020.

The selection of candidates for the Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program is carried out by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

The program offers equal opportunities to all applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, native language, handicap or disability.

For additional questions, please call the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy at 375-17-210-12-83 /ext. 5612 or email us at belarusprogram@gmail.com .