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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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.

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 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the 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. 

FPA

U.S. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through CIES.

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar or Student Program.

Tajikistan

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Research grants offer an opportunity to conduct individually designed research projects in Tajikistan. Previous research topics have included sustainable urban water practices, women's rights within an informal system of justice, evolution of trends in Tajik foreign policy since the fall of the Soviet Union, potential of branchless banking in rural regions of Tajikistan, neonationalism and urban development, development of national-scale legislation related to land reform and pastures, Tajik sign language and history of Ismaili religion, and many more.

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Grant length - 10 months.

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Post-Arrival Orientation

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Upon arrival in the country, grantees are placed with either host families or in guesthouses in Dushanbe to facilitate the process of settling in. This post-arrival orientation program is set up by the U.S. Embassy Dushanbe’s Public Affairs Section (PAS). Grantees will obtain cell phones, learn about options for Internet service plans, begin practicing the language, and generally acclimate themselves to the way of life in Tajikistan.  PAS registers the grantees with local authorities and begins to work on extending the validity of their visas, if necessary.

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The Cultural Affairs Officer briefs the grantees regarding their interaction with the Embassy and local context. The grantees also receive briefings from the Medical Unit, the Consular Section, and from the Regional Security Office (RSO).

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The Medical Unit addresses issues of health and sanitation. This briefing describes some of the more common ailments that affect newcomers to Tajikistan, as well as best practices and resources available to them to safeguard their health. The grantees learn about food storage and preparation, how to shop wisely, issues of general sanitation, and what to do if they become ill. The Medical Unit can provide information on reliable and/or English-speaking clinics and medical providers.

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The Consular Section gives a presentation on consular services available to all American citizens in Tajikistan. The Public Affairs Section requires grantees to join the warden system, by which Embassy Dushanbe can quickly and efficiently advise American citizens in the event of an emergency such as a seismic event, weather or other situation of which the Embassy believes American citizens should be aware. The warden system can be a faster and more efficient means of transmitting information than individual phone calls or e-mails. Further information is available at https://step.state.gov/step/

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The briefing from the RSO addresses issues of personal and physical safety. They discuss concerns about crime, hazardous driving conditions, inclement weather, and other circumstances that could potentially place a grantee in a risky situation. While the risk of violent crime in Tajikistan is low relative to many places, RSO nevertheless covers personal security measures grantees can take to improve their own personal safety. These include observing cultural and societal norms and expectations, maintaining positive relations within their host community, traveling during the day rather than at night, and advising Embassy of anticipated travel plans outside their host town. The RSO will also brief the grantee on emergency preparedness concerning weather events, natural disasters or political unrest. Also, RSO (in conjunction with PAS) specifically covers the process of finding housing. With assistance from Embassy staff, grantees choose their own housing. In this briefing, a representative from the RSO advises grantees on criteria by which they may evaluate residences, specifically with regards to security, structural integrity, dependability of electricity and plumbing, properly sealing and locking doors and windows, etc. As soon as the grantee has chosen a residence, PAS assists in making the appropriate registration with local authorities. 

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Applications are welcome from articulate and flexible graduating seniors, recent graduates, or graduate students who demonstrate a high level of maturity. All disciplines will be considered. Applicants must have a well-defined research project and must have demonstrated ability to work independently, have a solid foundation in their subject areas, and have demonstrated high levels of adaptability. 

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Knowledge of Russian or Tajik language is recommended and may even be required. Language proficiency commensurate with the nature of the proposed project is expected prior to commencing the grant. Applicants without relevant language skills should include plans for language study in their proposals. Regardless of the grantees' language ability, the U.S. Embassy can provide initial language instruction during the week-long post-arrival orientation and grantees are provided with a stipend to study a local language while in-country as part of their grant benefit.

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It is strongly recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. Affiliations may be with local or international non-governmental organizations, university departments, or other institutions. Otherwise, they may indicate preferences for affiliation if an invitation is not available. When applicants do not indicate a host institution preference, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe will assist in finding the most appropriate placements. The Fulbright grant is not meant to support internships at organizations in Tajikistan, but rather it is meant to support independent research.

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As part of the selection process, Post will invite a limited number of semi-finalists to participate in virtual interviews. An invitation to an interview is a further step in the selection process and not a guarantee that the semi-finalist will be selected for the grant in Tajikistan.

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The U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan will carefully review all Fulbright proposals for feasibility and security concerns. Applicants must be flexible in response to changing conditions and grantees must comply with all security procedures set in place by the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan.

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Applicants must be prepared to deal with minor daily challenges such as occasional power outages, linguistic and cultural differences, and the slow pace of life in small towns. Local attitudes toward gender and religion can be surprising and unsettling, and grantees should be prepared to negotiate these cultural differences with maturity and diplomacy. Grantees are reminded to observe all security, safety, and health practices appropriate for a developing country.

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Open Study/Research Award
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The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grants provide participants with the opportunity to assist in the teaching of English and American culture in Tajikistan's American Spaces, as well as immerse in the local culture. Eight American Spaces are located throughout Tajikistan and serve as dedicated information centers that help introduce visitors to America's story. The American Spaces also serve as a platform for public diplomacy and English language programs, helping to build cultural bridges. The Tajikistan English Teaching Assistant Program seeks applicants who can be flexible while functioning in an under-resourced environment and who are eager to immerse in the local culture.

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Grant length - 10 months.

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Post-Arrival Orientation

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Upon arrival in the country in late August, ETAs are placed with host families in Dushanbe to facilitate the process of settling in. They spend approximately two weeks in Dushanbe, during which time they follow an orientation program set up by Embassy Dushanbe’s Public Affairs Section (PAS). ETAs will obtain cell phones, learn about options for internet service plans, begin studying the language, and generally acclimate themselves to the way of life in Tajikistan.  PAS registers the grantees with local authorities and starts working on extending the validity of their visas, if necessary.

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The Cultural Affairs Officer briefs the grantees regarding their work at the various American Space sites as well as their interaction with the Embassy. The grantees also receive briefings from the Medical Unit, the Consular Section, and from the Regional Security Office (RSO).

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The Medical Unit addresses issues of health and sanitation. This briefing describes some of the more common ailments that affect newcomers to Tajikistan, as well as best practices and resources available to them to safeguard their health. The grantees learn about food storage and preparation, how to shop wisely, issues of general sanitation, and what to do if they become ill. The Medical Unit can provide information on reliable and/or English-speaking clinics and medical providers.

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The Consular Section gives a presentation on consular services available to all American citizens in Tajikistan. The Public Affairs Section requires grantees to join the warden system, by which Embassy Dushanbe can quickly and efficiently advise American citizens in the event of an emergency such as a seismic event, weather or other situation of which the Embassy believes American citizens should be aware. The warden system can be a faster and more efficient means of transmitting information than individual phone calls or e-mails. Further information is available at https://step.state.gov/step/

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The briefing from the RSO addresses issues of personal and physical safety. They discuss concerns about crime, hazardous driving conditions, inclement weather, and other circumstances that could potentially place a grantee in a risky situation. While the risk of violent crime in Tajikistan is low relative to many places, RSO nevertheless covers personal security measures grantees can take to improve their own personal safety. These include observing cultural and societal norms and expectations, maintaining positive relations within their host community, traveling during the day rather than at night, and advising Embassy of anticipated travel plans outside their host town. The RSO will also brief the grantee on emergency preparedness concerning weather events, natural disasters or political unrest. Also, RSO (in conjunction with PAS) specifically covers the process of finding housing. With assistance from Embassy staff, grantees choose their own housing. In this briefing, a representative from the RSO advises grantees on criteria by which they may evaluate residences, specifically with regards to security, structural integrity, dependability of electricity and plumbing, properly sealing and locking doors and windows, etc. As soon as the grantee has chosen a residence, PAS assists in making the appropriate registration with local authorities. 

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Arrival at Sites

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After their orientation in Dushanbe, grantees are personally escorted to their sites. An Embassy vehicle drives the grantees with all their belongings, and a staff-member from PAS accompanies them. Upon arrival in their towns, the grantees are personally introduced to their counterparts, including the coordinator of the American Space and other local contacts. The grantees visit the American Space and its facilities, tour the town, and see several shopping and dining options. 

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Grantees will stay at their respective sites through June 2023.

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Applications are welcome from articulate and flexible graduating seniors, recent graduates, or Master’s students who demonstrate a high level of maturity and the initiative to teach English and other courses at the secondary level. Candidates must be fluent English-speakers without dependents. Candidates with degrees in English, Education, or TEFL/applied linguistics are preferred, but candidates from all majors are welcome to apply. Some previous teaching/tutoring experience is preferred. 

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At least a basic knowledge of spoken Tajik or Russian would be an advantage both in the classroom and in social circles but is not required. Regardless of the grantees' language ability, the U.S. Embassy can provide initial language instruction during the post-arrival orientation and grantees are provided with a stipend to study a local language while in-country as part of their grant benefit.

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Public Affairs Section arranges for the grantees to look at several residential options upon arrival at the site. In most cases, the grantees will have chosen a residence within a day or two out of the housing options that were already used by previous grantees. The options usually consist of one or two bedroom apartments. The PAS staff member is available to assist grantees in negotiating with landlords, completing leases, and other issues that arise in the process of securing a place to live. Living conditions outside of urban areas tend to be harsh and without modern plumbing or electricity. Housing availability may be limited and may vary from site to site. Most placements lack conveniences such as air conditioning and good Internet connectivity.

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U.S. Embassy places ETAs in American Spaces in both the capital city of Dushanbe as well as more rural regions that typically lack English language programming. ETAs will be placed in one of the following American Spaces from mid-September through June in accordance with Tajikistan’s academic year:

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Candidates should take into account the nature of their potential placement -- rural regions several hours away from the capital city, with relative shortage of proper infrastructure, significantly more culturally conservative than Dushanbe, with cultural norms different from Western standards, and often lacking any representatives of Western cultures.

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As part of the selection process, Post will invite a limited number of semi-finalists to participate in virtual interviews. An invitation to an interview is a further step in the selection process and not a guarantee that the semi-finalist will be selected for the grant in Tajikistan.

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ETAs are placed at American Spaces, which are located throughout Tajikistan. The ETAs will often serve as native speaker resources to remote areas of Tajikistan and may work with underserved communities. All affiliation arrangements will be made by the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Tajikistan. The ETAs will complete 20 hours per week of in-classroom teaching, including all class preparation time and additional school-related activities, at the American Space. ETAs will generally assist in teaching conversational English and some composition to school and university students and professionals at the American Spaces. Courses may include teaching conversational English, grammar, and composition to school and university students as well as professionals. The ETAs will also lead clubs on activities representing American Culture as determined by their individual interests and American Space programming needs. In recent years, these clubs have included robotics, STEM clubs, sport clubs, art and music clubs, Girl's Club, and others. For an additional five hours per week ETAs will work extensively with Tajikistan’s English Access Microscholarship implementing partners or other similar projects. The ETAs' workload will not exceed 25 hours per week.

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Under the guidance of the Public Affairs Office, ETAs will also have the opportunity to participate in community outreach and cultural activities, such as directing reading and conversation groups at the secondary level, planning holiday events at the American Spaces, and assisting PAS with a variety of cultural and educational visitors. 

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The Public Affairs Section arranges for the grantees to look at several residential options upon arrival at the site. In most cases, the grantees will have chosen a residence within a day or two out of the housing options that were already used by previous grantees. The options usually consist of one or two bedroom apartments. The PAS staff member is available to assist grantees in negotiating with landlords, completing leases, and other issues that arise in the process of securing a place to live. Living conditions outside of urban areas tend to be harsh and without modern plumbing or electricity. Housing availability may be limited and may vary from site to site. Most placements lack conveniences such as air conditioning and good Internet connectivity.

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Applicants must be prepared to deal with minor daily challenges such as occasional power outages, linguistic and cultural differences, uneventfulness of daily routines, and lack of proper health care. Local attitudes toward gender and religion can be surprising and unsettling, and candidates should be prepared to negotiate these cultural differences in their communities with maturity and diplomacy. Candidates are reminded to observe all security, safety, and health practices appropriate for a developing country.

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U.S. Embassy places ETAs in American Spaces in both the capital city of Dushanbe as well as more rural regions that typically lack English language programming.  Refer to Placement Type section for the list of placement cities.

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English Teaching Assistant Award