Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Turkey

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10 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
9 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

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 Period

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 late September/early October 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 signifcant 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 End of Year 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.

Travel to and within Turkey may be subject to restrictions; please check with the Turkish Fulbright Commission for the latest information.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

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 holding 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

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Foreign Language Proficiency

Recommended - Novice

Level: Beginner to Advanced, depending on the nature of the project. 

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

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes

Affiliation

Applicants are 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 welcomed to contact the Turkish Fulbright Commission for assistance in arranging host institution affiliations. 

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

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. 

Ineligibility

Candidates with dual U.S.-Turkish citizenship will not be considered. 

Dependents

Candidates may bring their dependents, but the Program cannot provide them with any financial or logistical support (visa application, residency permit application, etc.). 

Visa Requirements

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. 

Study/Research Grants visa application fees and Residency Permit application fees are 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. 

Dependents

Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://fulbright.org.tr

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

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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.