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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.

Panama

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Proposals to conduct research and/or study in Panama, either independently or as part of the candidate's current graduate program, will be considered. However, serious consideration will be given to those who present significant study or research projects and establish an academic affiliation with an institution for coursework or research support. The research and its potential results should make significant contributions or have significant potential for impact on Panama.

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Applications in all fields will be accepted. Areas of particular interest are International Finance; Environmental Sciences; Hydrology; Forest Management; Fishery Management; Sustainable Tourism; STEM Education; Ethnography; Cybersecurity; Journalism; and Political Science with a focus on anti-corruption, transparency, and governance.

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Grant Length: 10 months.

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The academic year is March through December. Most grantees choose to begin in the fall, but the start date is flexible. No grants may begin before the Pre-Departure Orientation, and the latest possible start date is March 31, 2023.

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As a condition of the grant, all grantees to Panama are required to participate in the Pre-Departure Orientation.

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An onsite Embassy briefing session will be conducted within one week of the grantees' arrival in Panama.

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Candidates must be dedicated, detailed and responsible research fellows with experience in the research field, since are expected to work independently.

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Candidates must have a clear idea of how they will engage with the host country outside of their grant activities to fulfill this mission; and how they plan to share their culture and values in their host community.

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Since all grantees are required to give presentations to Post and to the community at-large on their research achievements at the completion of the program, candidates must be a confident presenter at conferences and teachers in classrooms, able to explain their project and results to audiences of all levels.

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Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliations with an academic institution, research facility, or another appropriate organization.

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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 also required.

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Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliations with an academic institution, research facility, or another appropriate organization, and for submitting supporting documentation verifying the affiliation at the time of application. 

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Post encourages applications for study/research outside of Panama City.

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Students wishing to pursue human subject research of a medical nature, or environmental research, particularly of endangered Panamanian flora or fauna, are required to obtain a letter of support from a higher education institution located in Panama. At least one working (non-retired) local professor from the institution must be willing to provide academic guidance and oversight of the research. Support from a U.S.-based institution is insufficient, unless the institution has a physical presence in Panama in the form of either a professor(s) or a local licensing agreement. Students are responsible for securing their own academic (non-credit) sponsorship prior to arrival in Panama. The Public Affairs Section must receive a copy of this letter of support prior to arrival in Panama.

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Candidates are responsible for housing arrangements. However, Post can assist putting candidates in contact with former grantees who can share with them housing information. 

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U.S. citizens are preferred but dual citizens of this country are also eligible.

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Applicants traveling to Panama must complete the process to obtain their Temporary Resident Permit under the immigration category of Fulbright Students. Post will guide applicants through the process but it is necessary to consider that some documents must be requested, notarized or apostilled in the United States.

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Before entry to the country, the grantee must contact the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section staff who will assist them with the necessary information to issue the Fulbright Temporary Resident Permit which allows them to stay in the country for a period longer than three months.

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Due to security risks, travel may be restricted to some regions of Panama. Travel beyond Santa Fe, Province of Darien is prohibited. Please refer to the State Department's Panama Travel Information webpage for the latest updates. Applicants are responsible for obtaining the necessary permits/authorizations and paying the respective fees required by the Panamanian government to carry out their research projects.

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Before entry to the country the grantee must contact the U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Section staff who will assist him/her with the necessary information to issue the Fulbright Temporary Permit, which allows him/her to stay in the country for a period longer than three months.

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Open Study/Research Award
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ETAs will share their academic and professional knowledge with students and professors in the classroom of their host institution for 25 hours per week. They will share their understanding and first-hand experience of U.S. culture by organizing and executing educational, cultural, and social activities, both within the classroom and in extracurricular programs. In addition to their principal work at their assigned institution, ETAs will also design and dedicate 15 hours per week to a socially-oriented supplementary project. ETAs are responsible for prioritizing their work in their affiliation center and will be expected to submit a monthly report to Post in which they will provide updates on their work.

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The U.S. Embassy will arrange placement with Panamanian universities, schools (middle and elementary), and other educational/governmental institutions, which may be located in the capital city or in more rural settings. ETAs will be assigned as language-learning assistants, but will not be responsible for teaching entire courses. Responsibilities may include giving presentations on different topics related to the United States, preparing classroom activities, and/or encouraging students to communicate in English.

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Details of assignments will be subject to communication between the U.S. Embassy and the host institution and based on the academic profile of the selected candidate and the host institution's needs.  In these cases, the U.S. Embassy will discuss project alternatives with the grantee when the placement is made.

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Post encourages applications for ETAs in rural areas/other provinces outside of Panama.

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Grant Length: 10 months.

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Grants begin in January or March 2023 depending on the placement.

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As a condition of the grant, all grantees to Panama are required to participate in the Pre-Departure Orientation.

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The U.S. Embassy in Panama welcomes applications from candidates with a demonstrated interest in working in an educational environment. Applications are welcome from graduating seniors and graduate students. Candidates with degrees in English, Literature, English for Specific Purposes, Education, or TEFL/applied linguistics with experience teaching or tutoring and who have an interest in working in an international educational environment are preferred. Other fields will be seriously considered if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy.

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Preferred candidates will demonstrate leadership skills and the willingness to act as U.S. ambassadors in the communities in which they will be placed; an ability to build good working relationships with both students and teachers; good organizational skills; flexibility and creativity.

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ETA grantees will also pursue independent research, study, or volunteer project. The project is a secondary activity that will supplement the grantee’s ETA responsibilities. Applicants should briefly describe this project in the Statement of Grant Purpose and may address some or all of the following: 1) why the activities are appropriate to Panama; 2) skills, talents or other qualifications that they bring to the project plan; 3) how they view this plan as contributing to their professional or educational development; and 4) if and how the plan contributes to the Fulbright goals of mutual understanding and host community engagement. The project will not take precedence over primary classroom teaching responsibilities and may also need to accommodate requests from the U.S. Embassy for participation in other activities.

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Additional Information: A Foreign Language Evaluation by a college level Spanish language instructor is required.

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Grantees are responsible for housing arrangements but Post may assist in putting them in contact with former grantees who can share with them housing preferences and information.

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Given the range of placements, applicants may highlight a preference for primary/secondary school or higher education/Other educational center placement based on their professional background and career goals.

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U.S. citizens are preferred but dual citizens of this country are also eligible.

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Applicants travelling to Panama must complete the process to obtain their Temporary Resident Permit under the immigration category of Fulbright Students. Post will guide applicants through the process but it is necessary to consider that some documents must be requested, notarized or apostilled in the United States.

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Before entry to the country the grantee must contact the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section staff who will assist them with the necessary information to issue the Fulbright Temporary Resident Permit which allows them to stay in the country for a period longer than three months.

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Due to security risks, travel may be restricted to some regions of Panama. Travel beyond Santa Fe, Province of Darien is prohibited. Please refer to the State Department's Panama Travel Information webpage for the latest updates. 

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Before entry to the country, the grantee must contact the U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Section staff who will assist him/her with the necessary information to issue the Fulbright Temporary Permit which allows him/her to stay in the country for a period longer than three months.

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Post will consider the options of the candidates but placements will be determined depending on Panama´s educational necessities. 

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Placements may be made in any Province, EXCEPT in the Province of Darien. Please refer to the State Department's Panama Travel Information webpage for the latest updates. 

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English Teaching Assistant Award