Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program



Program Information:

The 2021 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq will bring seven Iraqi scholars in the field of Public Health to U.S. institutions in June through September of 2021 for faculty development, mentoring, and cultural exchange activities. The scholars will spend 10 weeks at selected U.S. host institutions, where they will be introduced to new teaching and research methods, observe classes, attend seminars, and develop linkages with American faculty through weekly mentoring sessions. Ongoing community engagement with university-identified host families, volunteers, or others in the broader local community will facilitate the scholars’ participation in outreach activities, including visits to historical sites and attendance at cultural events. While introduction to new research methods and doing collaborative research with American scholars in the scholars’ disciplines are components of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq, the program is not intended to provide a venue for individual research projects.

In addition to being introduced to the U.S. higher education system, new teaching methodologies, and innovative classroom management techniques, the scholars will explore how the U.S. responds to emerging health issues, prevents diseases, and designs laws and regulations to improve and promote community health care. This should be especially applicable to the COVID-19 crisis; scholars will learn how the host university is responding to the pandemic and will, upon their return to Iraq, disseminate that knowledge to their home institutions.

Who Can Apply:

Suitable candidates will include scholars from Colleges of Medicine and/or Public Policy. Scholars should be current full-time Iraqi university faculty members, who possess, at a minimum, a master’s degree and at least three years of university-level teaching experience or a Ph.D. and no more than eight years of teaching experience. Master’s degree holders who are currently enrolled in a doctoral program must possess at least three years of teaching experience. Applicants should have a commitment to classroom teaching and a desire to strengthen their teaching and leadership skills. Please note that this program is intended for full-time faculty only; Iraqi government officials are not eligible.

Applicants must demonstrate fluency in spoken and written English. Selected candidates will be required to take the TOEFL exam at a later stage of the application process.

Required Documents and How to Apply:

To apply for the 2021 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program’s Public Health cohort, please visit the following link to create a user account and complete an application form:


For specific instructions on how to complete the application package, please click here:
Fulbright Visiting Scholar Application Instructions.

The application form will require personal information and a written statement of no more than 5 pages in length. To ensure you submit a complete application, please follow the instructions carefully. You are not required to complete the application in one sitting; please make note of your login and password so you can return to the application. Once you submit the application, you are no longer allowed to make any changes to your information. You will be asked to provide information including, but not limited to:

– Educational Background
– Current C.V.
– An explanation of how your participation in this program would benefit you and your institution as a whole
– How you plan to implement what you will gain from this program upon returning to Iraq
– Three letters of reference (academic or professional, not personal)


The scholarship covers:

–  A per scholar administrative stipend
–  Travel allowance and professional development funds
–  Furnished, individual apartment-style housing
–  Round-trip international airfare to the United States, and Accident and sickness insurance for the duration of the study program.

Policies of the Iraq Fulbright Program:

While there are overarching policies to which all Fulbright scholarship recipients from around the world must adhere to, there are also policies which are country-specific:

–  Two-year home residency requirement: The J-1 visa is an exchange visa which requires all Fulbright scholarship recipients to return to their home country for at least two years upon successful completion of the program.

–  Intention to return to Iraq: Your eligibility for a Fulbright scholarship is based, in part, on your intention to return to Iraq immediately following your program. If you show intent other than to remain in the United States for a temporary, specific, limited period (such as applying for an immigrant visa to the U.S., asylum in the U.S.,  or residency in a country other than Iraq) you will be ineligible to receive the Fulbright scholarship. Please carefully review the J visa policies  for further information.

–  No-dependents: J visa sponsorship is offered only to the Iraq Fulbright scholarship award recipient. J-2 visa dependents (spouses and children under the age of 21)  cannot accompany the Iraqi scholarship recipient on his/her study program.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Please send any inquiries you have during the application process to IraqVSP@amideast.org.

Application deadline is December 10, 2020.