Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Bangladesh


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Open Study/Research Award

Award Profile:

Currently, the U.S. Student Program to Bangladesh is temporarily suspended for the 2016-2017 academic year. Potential applicants for 2017-2018 should discuss the status of the U.S. Fulbright Program to Bangladesh with IIE before applying. A decision regarding the status may not be available prior to the 2017-2018 deadline.


Grant Period:

9 months

Fulbright grants begin in January. Grantees must confirm their arrival date with Embassy Dhaka’s Public Affairs Section (PAS). Grantees should anticipate participating in a formal orientation program at the U.S. Embassy shortly after arrival. In the case of availability of funding for Bangla Language Training, grantees may be required to attend Bangla language training for 2 months beginning in early November.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

Mandatory


Grantees will be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation in June 2017 as a condition of their grants.


Candidate Profile:

Candidates must demonstrate a solid foundation in their subject areas, the ability to work independently with minimum supervision, and the ability to adapt to conditions different from those in the United States.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Recommended - Novice
1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Proficiency in Bangla is highly recommended. Grantees without basic Bangla skills must incorporate study of Bangla into their research plan upon arrival in Bangladesh.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Affiliation:

Candidates must secure affiliation with an appropriate Bangladeshi institution and submit supporting Affiliation Letters with their applications. All affiliations, MUST be approved by the U.S. Embassy. Frequently, grantees will be asked to engage as presenters or participants in programs organized by the American Center and its partner organizations.


Specific Considerations:

U.S. Embassy Dhaka will carefully review all Fulbright proposals for feasibility, particularly those focused in rural areas. Applicants must be flexible in response to changing conditions. Due to security concerns, study and research in the Chittagong Hill Tracts is not allowed.  Please be aware in 2015-16, in response to an ongoing security threat, the U.S. embassy recommended security-related movement restrictions, avoiding large gatherings and restricting participation in certain events.  In the case that the embassy makes recommendations such as these again in the future, candidates would be required to exercise a high degree of personal security awareness.

Also, research projects on the following disciplines are preferred: agricultural sciences with a focus on food security, clinical psychology, communication, economics, education - higher education administration, environmental studies and disaster management, international affairs, journalism, public policy, urban planning, and science & technology. 

Fulbright research students are required to make final presentations on their research projects.  This requirement is set by the PAS and all grantees must adhere to this rule in order to fulfill their grant obligations. 


Dependents:

Dependent support is available


English Teaching Assistant Award

Award Profile:

The U.S. Student Program to Bangladesh is currently suspended for the 2016-2017 academic year. Potential applicants for 2017-2018 should discuss the status of the U.S. Fulbright Program to Bangladesh with IIE before applying. A decision regarding the status may not be available prior to the 2017-2018 deadline.


Grant Period:

9 months

English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) will be teaching in their respective schools from January through September. In the case of availability of funding for Bangla Language Training, grantees may be required to attend Bangla language training for 2 months beginning in early November.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

Mandatory


Grantees will be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation in June 2017 as a condition of their grants.


Candidate Profile:

Applications are welcome from articulate and flexible graduating seniors, recent graduates or Master’s students who demonstrate a high level of maturity and the initiative to teach English at the secondary or early university level.

Candidates must be native English speakers. Candidates with degrees in English, Education or TEFL/Applied Linguistics are preferred, but candidates from all majors are welcome to apply. Some previous teaching/tutoring experience is preferred, but not required. Facilities in most Bangladesh educational institutions are modest; therefore, applicants must demonstrate flexibility and adaptability.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Recommended - Novice
1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Proficiency in Bangla is highly recommended. Grantees without basic Bangla skills must incorporate study of Bangla into their research plan upon arrival in Bangladesh.


Placement Type:

Significant planning and research goes into each placement of an ETA with a host institution. These decisions are made based on the best information we have about the host institutions as well as the adaptability and language level of the ETAs. Placements can be with any accredited institution anywhere in the country, and final decisions regarding placement will be made by the American Center. Because of the ongoing security threat, the U.S. embassy may limit placements to certain educational institutions.

Please be aware in 2015-16, in response to an ongoing security threat, the U.S. embassy recommended security-related movement restrictions, avoiding large gatherings and restricting participation in certain events.  In the case that the embassy makes recommendations such as these again in the future, candidates would be required to exercise a high degree of personal security awareness.


Nature of Assignment:

ETAs will generally teach conversational English and some composition to secondary school students or early university-level students for approximately 16-20 hours per week. Additionally, significant class preparation time will be required and ETAs will be involved in other school-related activities. Frequently, grantees will be asked to engage as presenters or participants in programs organized by the American Center and its partner organizations.


Housing:

In some instances, host institutions will assist in finding housing. However, it is primarily the responsibility of the grantee to find housing.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.