Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars

For Greek professors or researchers (not including postdoctoral research) with a Ph.D. degree followed by a minimum of four years of professional experience in an academic or research position at a recognized Greek university or research center.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – Friday, November 11, 2016
No registrations will be accepted beyond November 11, 2016 at midnight EET

Friday, December 9, 2016
No applications will be accepted after December 9, 2016 at midnight EET

The Fulbright Foundation in Greece will award up to seven partial grants (depending on available funding) to Greek professors/researchers to lecture and/or conduct research at universities or research centers in the United States. Fulbright grants are awarded for a minimum of three months. Recipients may continue their project under the Fulbright auspices for up to six months (maximum eligible period) only if funding from sources other than the Fulbright Foundation is obtained. In that case, proof of funds is required. 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.

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.

Important factors for the selection of candidates are: professional qualifications, record of service to the field and to the home institution, academic excellence, career potential, civic engagement, personal qualities/abilities to serve as a cultural ambassador for Greece. 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.

Awards are open to scholars in all fields and applicants must arrange their own affiliation/invitation in the United States. Applicants should allow enough time to secure and establish an affiliation with an educational institution that will host them during their Fulbright grant period. Furthermore, applicants are encouraged to look for lecture opportunities within their host institutions.

  • Greek citizenship and a valid Greek passport. Candidates with dual citizenship (U.S./Greek) or permanent residence in the United States are not eligible.
  • A Ph.D. degree followed by a minimum of four years of professional experience in the field of study.
  • A teaching or research position at a Greek academic institution or research center is required ensuring permanent residency in Greece and commitment to returning to Greece at the end of the research program to fulfill the mission and aim of the Fulbright grant. Appointments do not include Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.
  • Preference will be given to qualified candidates who have not had substantial recent experience in the United States that is, for a period aggregating more than one academic year (nine months) during the past five years for study, teaching, research or employment.
  • Official letter of invitation/affiliation from the U.S. university/research center which will include: statements from the head/director of the Department and of 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. U.S. institutes must declare if there are minimum funding requirements for hosting research scholars.
  • Excellent command of the English language.
  • Preference will be given to mid-career scholars below the age of 55 at the time of application.
  • Scholars who have already begun their research or teaching activities or who have been physically present in the United States on a J-1 visa for more than 6 of the 12 months preceding the start date of their Fulbright grant are not eligible to apply.

  • The Fulbright grant is a partial non-renewable grant that provides a monthly maintenance allowance towards living expenses and university fees, roundtrip airfare, and limited health and accident insurance. The amount of this allowance depends on the Foundation's budget for each year and on the Fulbright Committee's recommendation but cannot exceed the amount of US $ 2,500 / month.
  • 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. In a few exceptional cases, the host institution obliges the Visiting Scholar to buy the university insurance program.
  • Pre-departure orientation session.
  • Participation in the Annual Awards ceremony.
  • Fulbright Certificate of Award.
  • J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa sponsorship.
  • Other benefits and opportunities offered by the cooperating agency in the United States, the Council of International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), such as the Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) and the Enrichment Program.
  • 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/lecturing/teaching in the US. However, Fulbright is much more than a scholarship: we offer scholars 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.

  • Registration before application is mandatory.
  • A U.S. based Fulbright Peer Review Committee will review and evaluate the project proposals.
  • Applicants may get invited to the Athens office for a personal meeting.
  • The Fulbright Foundation's Board of Directors will nominate candidates and re-evaluate grant eligibility should the institutional invitation/affiliation change. Candidates will be informed of their nomination status by email and will be designated as 'primary', 'alternate', or 'non-selected'. Alternate candidates will remain on standby until review and finalization of the overall budget.
  • All candidates selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a medical history and examination report before their grants can be finalized.
  • Fulbright grant recipients will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements in accordance with Fulbright Travel Policies & Regulations.
  • Awards cannot be deferred to the following year.
  • Fulbright grant recipients must travel on a J-1 visa sponsored by the Fulbright Program. It is a condition of the visa that after completion of the research program, scholars must return to Greece and reside there for two years before being eligible to immigrate or apply for permanent residence or a work permit in the United States. The purpose of the two-year home residency requirement is to ensure that exchange visitors return to their home country and fulfill the exchange objectives of the Fulbright Program to broaden and strengthen mutual understanding between Greece and the United States.
  • Fulbright scholars who have recently participated in an exchange program as a professor or research scholar in the U.S. are not expected to attempt to reenter the U.S. as a short-term scholar to rejoin the original sponsor as this would be considered a continuation of their original program objective. Participants may return to the U.S. again for a new short-term scholarly stay (up to 6 months), provided there is a substantial break between the visits and each visit is for a new objective.

Step 1. Registration
Once submitted, your registration form will be automatically available to the Fulbright Foundation/Greek Program Coordinator for a first review. You will receive a confirmation email in the days following your submission.

Step 2. Online Embark Fulbright Application Procedure
Following successful registration and approval of eligibility, applicants will be given a link to complete the online Embark Fulbright application in English. Applications which have been submitted without prior registration will not be accepted. When you begin your application, the system will ask you to confirm that you are eligible for this award.

The Fulbright Foundation accepts ONLY online Embark Applications. Faxed or e-mailed or mailed copies of applications will not be accepted.

The following documents must be completed/ uploaded in the Embark online application:

  • Online application form.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications.
  • Within the Project description please include a statement of how the applicant's proposed project and presence in the United States would promote the "mutual understanding" element of the Fulbright Program and the development of educational collaborations between the United States and Greece and between the host and the home institutions.
  • Research Methodology not to exceed five single-spaced pages that clearly details the background, methodology, and objective of your project and its relationship to the objectives of the Fulbright Program.
  • Official letter of invitation/affiliation from the U.S. institution the applicant plans to attend.
  • Three letters of reference are requested as part of your Fulbright application. All candidates should register their referees to the Embark system. All candidates should inform their referees that they will need to provide online to the Embark system their letter of reference the latest by December 4, 2016. All letters should be written in English. The letters of reference should be written by professors with whom you have studied or pursued research or by someone who has supervised you in work related to your proposed field of study. Reference letters from your US hosts are not acceptable. Please ensure that both pages of the form are completed.
  • Scanned copy of your passport as well as scanned copy of any valid US visa issued within the last 4 years.
  • Signature Form: Upon submission of your online application you must print out, sign, and email this form (the very last page of your online application before submission) to your Fulbright Program Coordinator () in order to include in your file.

Greek Program Coordinator, The Fulbright Foundation
A 6 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue, 106 74 Athens
T 210 724 1811 or 210 724 1812, ext. 203

The registration period for the 2017-2018 academic year  has now closed.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

September 20 – November 11, 2016

Registration period
All candidates must register during this period

Friday, December 9, 2016

Embark online application deadline

December 2016– February 2017

Review and Evaluation of project proposals by the U.S. based Peer Review Committee
Applicants may get invited to the Foundation for a personal meeting
Nomination of candidates

March 2017

Notification of results

14 June 2017

Pre-departure orientation program for Fulbright Grantees
The program is offered in Athens only and attendance is required

14 June 2017

Attendance is required

September 15, 2017 to May 31, 2018

Grant implementation period

Within 30 days

Debriefing Session
at the Fulbright Athens office on an individual level upon completion of the grant

Within 30 days

Final Grant Report
upon completion of the grant

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