2 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length9 Months
Applications will be considered in all fields, provided that projects are possible in affiliation with Lithuanian institutions of higher education. Candidates may also apply to work with a cultural institution or association or archive, but must have a Lithuanian institution of higher education as their primary affiliation. Preference will be given to research that addresses issues of significance to contemporary Lithuania and U.S. national security priorities, such as:
- Democratic principles and human rights, e.g. equal rights for religious, social, and ethnic minorities
- Regional and transatlantic security
- Sustainable economics, entrepreneurship and innovation
- Climate change
- Cybersecurity, countering disinformation, and media literacy
Grants should begin in early- to mid-September.
The typical academic calendar is September 1 through mid-June. Fall semester is September-December, and spring semester is January-June. Grantees must have a Lithuanian institution of higher education as their primary institution.
All grantees are required to attend a pre-departure orientation in June or July and an in-country orientation in September as a condition of their grant. The pre-departure orientation is organized by IIE, virtual or in-person.
Candidates must be mature, self-motivated individuals who are capable of working independently. Applicants of all backgrounds are welcome to apply.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbrighters may be asked to participate in Embassy outreach activities, e.g. give talks, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Lithuanian-language proficiency is not required unless it is necessary for the successful completion of the project (e.g. interviews with non-English speaking target audiences). Similarly, knowledge of Russian or Polish may be helpful or necessary depending on the project (e.g., research in archives, research with or about minority populations in Lithuania).
Some language study prior to arrival is encouraged to promote deeper engagement with the host community. There is a possibility that U.S. Students will be provided with a stipend to study the local language while in-country.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Applicants must arrange an affiliation with a Lithuanian institution of higher education. Candidates may also apply to work with a cultural institution or association or archive, but must have a Lithuanian institution of higher education as their primary affiliation. Applicants must submit letters of invitation/affiliation with their application.
Please check university information at Study in Lithuania. More information about studies in Lithuania can be found at the following websites:
Fulbrighters must arrange their own housing. They can work with their host institutions to do so, as sometimes host institutions can offer guest housing, e.g. university dorms. Fulbrighters can also work with real estate agents to find housing based on grantees’ priorities. In Lithuania, only furnished apartments are offered for rent. The prices you see in the advertisements are before the 15% personal income tax, so be ready to pay more. Internet access usually is not included in the rent, but is inexpensive. The deposit (advance payment) in Lithuania is approximately 2-3 months of the rent price. At the end of the rent period, the deposit is returned if an apartment is not damaged and/or there are no debts.
You must apply for and receive a National D visa before your departure to Lithuania. Navigate to https://www.vfsglobal.com/Lithuania/USA/national-visa-type-d.html. Follow the instructions to apply for a D-type visa, including filling out the electronic application form and scheduling an appointment as soon as possible at the nearest VFS application center (all applications will then be forwarded to the Lithuanian Consulate in Chicago). The application requirements are listed here. All grantees must work with the host institution to get the invitational letter (mediation letter uploaded into the visa electronic system.
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Additional Online Resources
Lithuania - The World Factbook: https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/lithuania/#people-and-society
Lithuania - Crime and Safety Report: https://www.osac.gov/Country/Lithuania/Content/Detail/Report/edad6326-611b-4e67-8733-189417c3424f
Lithuania - Human Rights Report: https://www.state.gov/reports/2021-country-reports-on-human-rights-practices/lithuania/
Lithuania - Travel: https://www.lithuania.travel/en/