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Dominican Republic

2 Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
Flexible Start
Grant Length
10 Months
Award Type
Open Study/Research
Award Profile

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo is especially interested in proposals that support the mission's Integrated Country Strategy goals.

Grant Length
10 Months
Grant Period
Flexible Start

The academic calendar begins in late August and goes to May with a break between December and January. The summer session runs from June to early August. Most grantees choose to begin in the fall, but the start date is flexible. Grants may begin as early as August 2025. The last possible start date is March 31, 2026.

Pre-Departure Orientation

As a condition of the grant, all grantees to the Dominican Republic are required to participate in the Pre-Departure Orientation that takes place typically in mid summer. The PDO is organized by IIE in collaboration with ECA , and is held in the U.S. (virtually or in-person).

Candidate Profile
  • Must have strong intercultural and leadership skills.
  • Well-defined research project with support from ideal host institutions and a solid foundation in their subject areas.
  • Topics connected to Mission ICS goals are preferred though we also strongly prefer topics related to climate change mitigation, socio-economic exclusion, education, STEM, public policy, transparency and gender violence prevention.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated high levels of adaptability and maturity.
  • Ability to serve as a cultural ambassador.
What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

Fulbrighters typically get very involved and volunteer in their communities. Many enjoy teaching English and participating in cultural events. It is also important that Fulbrighters to the Dominican Republic be open-minded and feel comfortable dealing with potential bureaucracy within the host institution.

Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Foreign Language Proficiency
Required - Intermediate

Additional Information: Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project. Applicants should discuss plans for language study between time of application and the commencement of the grant with the Language Self-Evaluation. A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is required.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline

Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliation(s) with an academic institution, research facility, or another appropriate organization, and for submitting supporting documentation verifying this affiliation at time of application. The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo will assist grantees with finalizing affiliation arrangements, if necessary.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition not covered in grant benefits
Award Benefits
  • A stipend broadly based on the cost of living in the host country. These funds may be used by the grantee to support housing, meals, and incidental costs during the grant period.
  • International travel benefits
  • Accident & sickness health benefits
  • 24/7 mental health support line for urgent and non-urgent situations
  • 12 months of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government
Stipend Amount

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

2,650 monthly stipend amount in
$ [US Dollar]
One-Time Allowances

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

3,150 in
$ [US Dollar]
  • Research/Materials allowance
  • Settling in allowance
  • $2,650 base allowance to cover round-trip international travel, transit, excess baggage, settling-in expenses
  • $500 research allowance
Estimated Cost of Living

Consider using cost of living comparison websites to gain a better understanding of the potential costs in your host country.

Please visit this website to help estimate the cost of living, meals, and incidentals in different major cities in the Dominican Republic. Significant differences can exist in smaller towns where costs tend to be lower.

Dependent financial support is available
Housing Arrangements

The U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo recommends that grantees search for apartments using temporary housing reservation systems as these options allow for a shorter housing rental than typical leasing agreements of one year.  Fulbright alumni are a great resource for finding housing. 

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Field of Study Restrictions

Students in Anthropology or Archaeology may need to arrange special research permits with their affiliations.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Lidia Valdez: