2 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
Grant Length10 Months
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.
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.
Grant Length: 10 months.
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, 2025.
As a condition of the grant, all grantees to Panama are required to participate in the Pre-Departure Orientation in the U.S. in summer 2024.
An onsite Embassy briefing session will be conducted within one week of the grantees' arrival in Panama.
Candidates must be dedicated, detailed and responsible research fellows with experience in the research field, since are expected to work independently.
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.
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.
Applicants are responsible for arranging their own affiliations with an academic institution, research facility, or another appropriate organization.
U.S. citizens are preferred but dual citizens of this country are also eligible.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
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.
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.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: 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.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
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.
Post encourages applications for study/research outside of Panama City.
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.
Candidates are responsible for housing arrangements. However, Post can assist putting candidates in contact with former grantees who can share with them housing information.
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.
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.