Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Panama


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Open Study/Research Award

Grant Period:

10 months 

The academic year is March through December.   Most grantees choose to begin in the fall, but the start date is flexible; the latest possible start date is March 31, 2018.


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.

An onsite Embassy briefing session will be conducted within one week of the grantees' arrival in Panama.


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 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 at the time of application.

Students wishing to pursue human subject research of a medical nature, or environmental research, particularly of endangered Panamanian flora or fauna, are required to obtain a letter of support from a higher education institution located in Panama. At least one working (non-retired) local professor from the institution must be willing to provide academic guidance and oversight of the research. Support from a U.S.-based institution is insufficient, unless the institution has a physical presence in Panama in the form of either a professor(s) or a local licensing agreement, such as those at Quality Leadership University. Students are responsible for securing their own academic (non-credit) sponsorship prior to arrival in Panama. Corresponding Panamanian Ministries (Health and Environment) and the Public Affairs Section must receive a copy of this letter of support prior to arrival in Panama.


General Comments:

Applications in all fields will be accepted. Areas of particular interest are: economics and business development; Education/TEFL/E-Learning; U.S.-Panama relations; Panama Canal studies; biology; environmental sciences; ecology; forest resource conservation; tourism development and related topics; public administration/political science to include anti-corruption, transparency and governance.

 


Special Considerations:

Due to security risks, travel may be restricted to some regions of Panama. Travel beyond Santa Fe, Province of Darien is prohibited. Please refer to the State Department Consular Information Sheet for the latest updates. Applicants are responsible for obtaining the necessary permits/authorizations and paying the respective fees required by the Panamanian government to carry out their research projects.

If pets will accompany grantees, contact the Public Affairs Office (PAS) staff for guidance.

Upon entry to the country the grantee will be permitted a legal stay of up to six months. Prior to the 6-month expiration, the grantee must contact PAS staff who will assist him/her with an extension.


Dependents:

Dependent support is available


Website:

http://panama.usembassy.gov/


2 English Teaching Assistant Awards

Grant Period:

10 months

Grants begin in January or March 2018 depending on the placement.


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:

Applications are welcome from graduating seniors and graduate students. Candidates with degrees in English, Spanish, Education or TEFL/applied linguistics with experience teaching or tutoring and who have an interest in working in an international educational environment are preferred. Other fields will be seriously considered if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy.


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:

The U.S. Embassy will arrange placement with Panamanian universities, schools (middle and elementary) and other educational/governmental institutions, which may be located in the capital city or in more rural settings. 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, and/or encouraging students to communicate in English.

Details of assignments will be subject to communication between the U.S. Embassy and the host institution and based on the academic profile of the selected candidate and the host institution's needs.  In these cases, the U.S. Embassy will discuss project alternatives with the grantee when the placement is made.


Supplementary Project:

ETA grantees will also 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 the Statement of Grant Purpose and may address some or all of the following: 1) why the activities are appropriate to Panama; 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


Website:

http://panama.usembassy.gov/


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.