Lecture and Research


American scholars with adequate academic experience in teaching and/or research who propose projects in cooperation with a German host institution (usually a university, Fachhochschule, or a post-secondary university level institution).

Applicants with a U.S.-German dual citizenship are not eligible.


  • U.S. citizenship
  • A high level of academic achievement
  • A solid project proposal


The program for junior and senior faculty members sponsors lecturing and/or research stays at various stipend levels for a duration of one or two semesters (or 2-10 months). In general, applicants should have established contacts with potential German host institutions and solicited an invitation. Junior faculty in American Studies are encouraged to apply without a pre-arranged affiliation, the Fulbright Commission would suggest host institutions.

For the benefit of a German student audience, the Commission particularly encourages scholars with lecturing projects or research projects with some regular lecturing component. Research-only projects will also be considered, however.

In the junior faculty subcategories, the Commission encourages junior faculty members to seek lecturing or research experience in Germany to enhance their own professional careers. Junior lecturers will be expected to teach two to three regular courses (a course consists of a 90 minute meeting, once a week) per semester, usually in the English language.

Please note that CIES lists the junior lecturing awards under American Literature and American Studies (award #3227).


Approximately 8 grants are available total (or more if shorter grant durations prevail). 


General Benefits

  • Incidental allowance of Euro 100 per month
  • International travel (according to the guidelines set by the Fulbright Commission)
  • Current German visa regulations require a valid passport for American grantees traveling to Germany. The Fulbright Commission assists its grantees in applying for a residence permit after arrival.
  • Orientation and mid-year meeting, if within grant period
  • Health insurance through a German scheme
  • Administrative and academic support through the Fulbright Commission in Germany
  • A monthly spouse allowance of Euro 276 where applicable.

Specific Benefits

Based on academic standing and grant category, the following maintenance levels apply:

Senior Scholar Grants

  • Full maintenance grants - monthly stipend of Euro 3,000
  • Travel-only grants - maintenance through own sabbatical or host institution, etc.

Junior Faculty Grants (for recent Ph.D. recipients)

  • Junior lecturers - monthly stipend of Euro 2,200
  • Junior researchers - monthly stipend of Euro 1,900


The application deadline is August 1 for grants beginning in September of the following year.

Information and application material is available from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).

All applications will be reviewed by special selection committees, and grants are awarded in competition and depending on funds available.


American Programs
Email contact
L├╝tzowufer 26 
10787 Berlin

Senior Scholar Amrit Singh with Mrs. Harriet Fulbright