Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Guatemala


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Open Study/Research Award

Award Profile:

All applicants are required to demonstrate the relevance of their projects to the Fulbright Program’s mandate, which is to enhance mutual understanding between the two countries.  Proposals to conduct research and/or study in Guatemala either independently or as part of the candidate's current graduate program will be considered. 

Applications in all fields will be accepted. However, projects in Political Science, Social Science/Sociology and Economics, particularly those that deal with governance, economic development, and citizen security, are preferred. 


Grant Period:

10 months

Candidates should plan to attend a mandatory arrival orientation and begin their assignments in Guatemala in January 2018. Arrivals prior to January 10 are strongly discouraged and alternate start dates will not be considered except in the most extraordinary circumstances.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

Mandatory


As a condition of the grant, all grantees to Central America are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, DC in June or July.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Required - Intermediate
2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between the time of application and the commencement of the grant on Applicant Form 7: Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is also required.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Affiliation:

Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliations with an academic institution, research facility, or another appropriate organization, and for submitting supporting documentation verifying the affiliation.


Specific Considerations:

Because of the ongoing threat of violent crime, Guatemala is rated by the U.S. Department of State as “critical.” Applicants should clearly state in their research proposal that they have read and understand the safety and security information found at http://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/guatemala.html.


Dependents:

Dependent support is available


2 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Grant Period:

10 months

Grants begin in January 2018, and candidates should plan to attend a mandatory orientation upon arrival. Arrivals prior to January 10 are strongly discouraged.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

Mandatory


As a condition of the grant, all grantees to Central America are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation in Washington, DC in June or July.


Candidate Profile:

Applicants should have some experience working in an educational environment and, specifically, with classroom teaching. Candidates with degrees in English, applied linguistics or foreign languages, AND certification or significant coursework in teacher education or TESOL, are strongly preferred.

Because this is a student program, candidates with more than three years teaching experience or a Master’s degree in TESOL and more than one year of teaching at the time of application may be considered overqualified and not eligible for this program.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Required - Intermediate
2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is required.


Placement Type:

Arrangements will be made by the U.S. Embassy and grantees are usually placed at Guatemalan universities outside the capital of Guatemala City that host the Access Microscholarship Program. ETAs may be assigned to work in an area of Guatemala that is relatively remote and that offers a reduced-level of services and conveniences. As such, applicants should have a high level of flexibility and the ability to adapt to new situations. 

ETAs will be assigned as language-learning assistants, but will not be responsible for teaching entire courses. Responsibilities may include giving presentations on different topics related to the United States, preparing classroom activities, leading conversation clubs and/or encouraging students to communicate in English.


Supplementary Project:

ETAs also will pursue an independent research, study, or volunteer project. The project is a secondary activity that will supplement the grantee’s ETA responsibilities. Applicants should briefly describe this project in their Statements of Grant Purpose and may address some or all of the following: 1) why the activities are appropriate to Guatemala; 2) skills, talents or other qualifications that they bring to the project plan; 3) how they view this plan as contributing to their professional or educational development; and, 4) if and how the plan contributes to the Fulbright goals of mutual understanding and host community engagement. Remember that the primary activity for ETAs is in the classroom and not carrying out this project.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship

Award Profile:

The Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship affords participants the opportunity to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience while also carrying out an academic research/study project. You can read more detailed information about the Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship and application guidelines.


Grant Period:

10 months


Pre-Departure Orientation:

Mandatory


All Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellows will be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2017 in Washington, DC as a condition of their grants.


Candidate Profile:

Candidates for the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships must:

  • Be U.S. Citizens
  • Have a Master’s with an area of focus that is applicable to public policy, or a JD degree OR be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program prior to the grant period which will commence in Fall 2017. Candidates who hold a doctoral degree at the time of application are not eligible.
  • Have at least two years of full-time, professional work experience in policy-related fields.
  • Meet the language proficiency requirement

Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements from all applicable public policy areas and academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply and will be eligible for selection and placement.

Preference will be given to proposals that are linked to US goals in Guatemala and in collaboration with local institutions. These goals are: increased prosperity, effective governance, and improved security. Projects that foster increased bilateral collaboration and/or mutual understanding on key policy objectives are preferred.

While creative, thoughtful proposals will be considered from all sectors,  candidates with skills in curriculum design, academic program development, education policy, faculty development processes, small business development and data analysis are especially encouraged to apply.

To learn more, read the profiles of the current Fulbright-Clinton Fellows.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Required - Advanced
3 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


3 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant. The interview will include a section in which candidates will be asked to demonstrate their Spanish language skills.

Additional Information: Fulbright-Clinton Fellows will be required to effectively carry out a position in a foreign government ministry seamlessly. Meeting the language requirements is critical for completing the daily requirements of the professional placement. Applicants should also keep in mind that they will be living and need to function in the local economy. They should be cognizant of this requirement especially in cases in which the official or working language(s) of government differs from the language used in daily life by the local population. Proficiency will be determined by the application and also will be verified at various times in the application process, including an interview to determine language level.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: No


Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Affiliation:

Unlike the traditional Fulbright program, candidates should not affiliate with an in-country host institution during the application process. Candidates must not seek their own placements at this stage and must not submit any letters regarding placements/affiliations with their applications. Candidates who do not follow these guidelines may be deemed ineligible.

While applicants are eligible for placement government-wide, and placements may be possible in a number of different Guatemalan government ministries and institutions, including the national public university. The following are considered to be priority ministries of placement: Ministries of, Education, Economy, and Environment.


Application Process:

Applications will be accepted from March 31, 2016 to October 11, 2016. Please make sure to carefully review the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship overview and application FAQs before you apply.

Because the threat of violent crime in Guatemala is rated by the U.S. Department of State as “critical”, applicants should clearly state in their proposal that they have read and understand the safety and security information found at http://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/guatemala.html


Contact Information:

If you have questions about the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, please email Jermaine Jones.


Dependents:

Dependent support is available


Website:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the information found at: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2045.htm.

 


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.