3 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodNovember Start
Grant Length9 Months
This is a nine-month grant that offers the recipient an opportunity to independently develop a research proposal in a field of special interest or relevance to the grantee. The grant offers the opportunity for complete immersion in the research and is ideal for self-motivated and disciplined researchers.
The Commission welcomes research proposals in all fields of study (except clinical medical research) from applicants who display a strong commitment to their field of study as well as the promise of developing a long-term interest in Sri Lanka. Those who have not been to Sri Lanka before are encouraged to apply, as are applicants who display a genuine interest in new cultures and the willingness to be flexible and to adapt to a new environment.
November through August. Fulbright Grantees are advised to arrive no earlier than a few days before the commencement of the in-country orientation program (a 3-5 day program) in Sri Lanka scheduled for mid-late November. Grantees must secure approval from the Fulbright Commission in Sri Lanka for their travel dates. The grant begins on the day the grantee arrives in Sri Lanka.
Preference will be given to candidates who are enrolled in a doctoral program in an American university. Applicants should present evidence of maturity and ability to adapt to conditions different from those in the United States. Fulbright Grantees should be capable of independent research without close supervision. The Commission staff will be available to provide guidance and support, where required.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Knowledge of Sinhala or Tamil commensurate with the nature of the proposed project may be required prior to commencing the grant (but this is not essential). Applicants without local language skills should incorporate plans for language study into their Fulbright proposals. Projects should be designed in a manner appropriate for the language level of the applicant.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter recommended but not required at deadline
It is recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters along with their Fulbright application.
The Commission will secure free affiliations for grantees at universities (where there is an invitation letter provided with the application), however, this will not give grantees access to audit courses and to check out books from the library.