10 Open Study/Research Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodFall Start
The U.S. Student Study/Research Program offers recent graduates, postgraduate candidates, developing professionals and artists an opportunity to conduct career-launching studies and research in Turkey.
Following the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), all applications will be evaluated without prejudice toward individuals with disabilities; the Turkish Fulbright Commission encourages applications from individuals with disabilities.
All applications will be evaluated by a committee of scholars, not only for their academic and professional excellence, but also for their potential to increase mutual understanding between the United States and Turkey.
Grant Length: 9 months.
Grants will begin in mid-September and run through mid-June. A series of webinar sessions are organized by the Turkish Fulbright Commission prior to grantee arrival, covering various administrative and logistical topics.
Depending on the timing during the academic year and grantees' research responsibilities, they may also participate in the annual Fulbright Berlin Seminar held by the German-American Fulbright Commission. In such cases, the Turkish Fulbright Commission provides support.
Prospective candidates are also encouraged to visit the Turkish Fulbright Commission's YouTube channel where they can find videos with former grantee testimonials and other informational videos.
An Orientation Meeting Program in Ankara is held for grantees in mid-September before the academic year starts in Turkey. The Orientation Meeting consists of a variety of activities including lectures on Turkish history, culture, and recent political developments in the country, as well as cultural activities and visits to significant historical sites.
A Mid-Year Evaluation Meeting is organized to evaluate the grantees' progress with their research projects and provide constructive feedback for the remainder of their grant period.
The Final Evaluation Meeting is held towards the end of the academic year to allow grantees to share their academic and cultural experiences in Turkey and to evaluate their overall Fulbright experience.
All the meetings are held jointly with U.S. Scholar Program Grantees, providing a supportive and collaborative environment in which grantees with a variety of backgrounds and experiences can learn from one another. The costs of attending these mandatory meetings are covered by the Turkish Fulbright Commission.
Candidates with dual U.S.-Turkish citizenship are eligible to apply. However, dual citizens are not eligible if either of the following applies: (1) The candidate received a degree from a university in Turkey; (2) The candidate resided in Turkey for more than a consecutive year within the past five years.
Applications at all degree levels and disciplines are eligible to apply. This includes applicants who will have completed their Bachelor's Degree prior to the grant period start date.
Candidates who already hold a Doctoral Degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) are not eligible for the U.S. Study/Research Program. Those applicants should examine their possible opportunities through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.
Candidates who are interested in applying for a grant in Turkey are welcome to contact the Turkish Fulbright Commission for further information.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Turkish language proficiency commensurate with the project is strongly recommended. If an applicant intends to conduct archival research in Ottoman History or other relevant studies, knowledge of Ottoman Turkish is necessary.
Those who wish to attend lectures and/or make use of library facilities should have some degree of proficiency in Turkish. The medium of instruction at most universities is Turkish; however, some private and state universities offer classes in English.
Grantees are eligible to receive a Turkish Language Allowance for use towards improving their Turkish language ability and this allowance can only be used during their grant period.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Applicants are highly encouraged to arrange their own affiliation and provide in their application an invitation letter from the host institution at which they wish to conduct their Study/Research projects. Applicants without formal affiliation should state their preference for placement at a particular institution. All applicants should provide reasoning for this preference, but final determinations regarding candidate affiliations are done by the Turkish Fulbright Commission. Candidates are welcome to contact the Turkish Fulbright Commission for assistance in arranging host institution affiliations.
The Turkish Fulbright Commission is committed to increasing the geographical diversity of its placements, by accepting grantees with affiliations from a spectrum of Turkish universities. Therefore, candidates who apply with an affiliation from less commonly-placed universities are preferred.
Applicants proposing research projects are not charged affiliation fees; however, applicants proposing a Master's or Ph.D. program will be liable for any fees involved.
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
Special Application Instructions
Candidates may be contacted for Skype interviews by the Turkish Fulbright Commission.
Candidates may bring their dependents, but the Program cannot provide them with any financial or logistical support (visa application, residency permit application, etc.).
Candidates proposing a research project are required to receive a Research Visa (Araştırma Vizesi) and those applying to conduct graduate studies must obtain a Student Visa (Öğrenci Vizesi). These visas should be obtained from a Turkish Embassy/Consulate in the United States.
The grantee is responsible for acquiring the proper visa for his/her grant. The Turkish Fulbright Commission requests the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inform the relevant Turkish Embassy/Consulates in the United States of the Study/Research Grantees' names to ease their visa application process.
Grantees are required to pay their own research visa application fees. Residency permit application fees will be covered by the Turkish Fulbright Commission. In addition, costs associated with acquiring any official documentation required for the residency permit application, including a valid health insurance in Turkey, are also covered by the Turkish Fulbright Commission.
Research Permission (Araştırma İzni): In addition to acquiring the appropriate visa, depending on the nature of the research project, some grantees may be expected to obtain research permission from the relevant ministries, research centers, museums or libraries. Grantees are responsible for obtaining research permission (if necessary) for their research projects; however, the Turkish Fulbright Commission will provide guidance.