Individual Fulbright grants are available for scholars to conduct research, lecture or pursue combined lecturing and research in the United States. Under the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, scholars apply in Ecuador for Fulbright awards.
Applications for Fulbright awards are received by the Fulbright Commission in Ecuador. Selections are made by the Committee appointed by the Fulbright Commission Board, with final approval by the presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in the United States.
Scholars are expected to submit evidence that they have identified a host affiliation in the United States as part of the application process, well before an actual grant is awarded. Scholars usually include a letter of invitation from the host institution in their application materials.
Applicants must possess all of the following qualifications in order to be eligible:
Ecuadorian citizenship. Persons applying for or holding permanent residence in the United States are not eligible. Persons who are citizens of both a partner country and the United States are also ineligible. Fulbright Scholars enter the United States on an Exchange Visitor (J-1) visa under a Department of State program and are subject to the two-year home-country residence requirement associated with the J-1 visa.
Doctoral degree or equivalent professional training or experience at the time of application. For professionals and artists outside academe, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishment is expected.
A detailed statement of proposed activity for research or lecturing at a US institution. The proposed project should contribute to the development of knowledge in your field and must be effectively investigated within a period of three months in the United States.
Proficiency in English appropriate to the proposed lecturing or research project to be carried out in the United States. Applicants are required to take an English proficiency examination at the Fulbright Commission.
Sound physical and mental health. Those selected for a Fulbright grant are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be finalized.
In addition applicants should note the following conditions affecting review and selection of candidates:
Applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, sex, age, and/or physical impairment.
Preference is given to those without recent experience--last 5 years studying, conducting research or doing internships in the United States.
This scholarship is not for the purposes of: a)attending conferences; b)completing a dissertation or doctoral thesis.
Applicants should be representative and responsible citizens who can contribute to a full and fair picture of the culture of their own countries and thereby contribute to understanding between the people of the United States and their country. They should also demonstrate the cross-cultural sensitivity and flexibility needed to adjust successfully to life in the United States.
Application Documents (must be completed in English)
The Fulfright Program aims to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.
J. William Fulbright