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(Closed)Fulbright Regional Network For Applied Research (NEXUS) Program Application Instruction

Information for Applicants from Central America & the Caribbean

The Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies will announce the competition for visiting scholars to participate in the 2012-2013 Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program in January 2012.

NEXUS Research Awards

Fulbright NEXUS Program offers a collaborative model for regional scholarly exchange that moves beyond theory.  Program participants will spend up to one year engaged in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multi-disciplinary research in one of three inter-related areas:

  • Science, technology and innovation;
  • Entrepreneurship; and
  • Sustainable energy

Projects focusing on climate change adaptation strategies, and/or public policy focused research ventures that examine strategies to cope with climate variability, including extreme events, are particularly welcome.  Projects should also come from a wide range of disciplines, and could include, for example, those in the fields of public health and engineering and design, addressing issues such as changes in air quality, the predominance of water- and food-borne diseases and/or weather-related injury or death, and disaster and emergency preparedness.

Applicants to the program must describe how they will explore public-policy research questions in the topical areas of engagement, demonstrating how their research project will involve governments, NGOs, businesses, and communities. Ultimately, participants will be expected to develop and pilot effective cross-sector implementation activities related to their research at the local, national and regional levels.

Up to 20 individuals will be chosen for this new program. Approximately one-third of Fulbright NEXUS grantees will be selected from the United States. Approximately two-thirds of the grantees will originate from Western Hemisphere countries other than the U.S. (Latin America, Canada, or the Caribbean).


Successful candidates will include rising scholars or practitioners active in the academic, public or private sectors that demonstrate outstanding qualifications and a record of experience and accomplishment in an area clearly related to one of the designated research themes. Applicants must be conducting current research relevant to the program’s themes and objectives, be open to exploring and incorporating comparative, interdisciplinary approaches in their investigations, and interested in developing collaborative activities with other Fulbright NEXUS Scholars.

  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of and residing in the country from which they are applying at the time of application. Applicants holding permanent residency “green cards”, whether or not they reside in the U.S., are not eligible. Since specific residency requirements vary from country to country, applicants should contact their local Fulbright office directly to determine their eligibility.
  • Participants should be early or mid-career academics, applied researchers and/or professionals with research experience in the public, non-profit, or private sector.
  • A Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree is preferred, but is not required. Candidates with a master’s degree are required to have a minimum of five years of research experience.
  • Applicants should have particular expertise and research experience in one of the three identified program themes.
  • Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English.


Program activities will commence in November 2012 and conclude in October 2013. All grantees are expected to attend three seminar group meetings and complete a research visit to the U.S. for two to three months.  The research visit must be completed prior to October 2013.

  • November 8-12, 2012 – First Group Meeting and Orientation (Canada)
  • April 22-24, 2013 – Mid-year Group Meeting (Colombia)
  • October 21-23, 2013- Final Group Meeting (Washington, DC)

Grant Provisions

  • Scholars will receive funding in the amount of USD $30,000 for grantees only.
  • Accommodations and meals for all group meetings will be covered separately.
  • Grants will also include limited accident and sickness benefits.

Application Notes

All applicants must complete and submit an online application

The following materials comprise a complete NEXUS application:

  • Application form
  • Project statement (three to five pages)
  • Bibliography (up to three pages; for a research application)
  • Curriculum vita (up to six pages)
  • Letters of recommendation (three)
  • Letter of recommendation (recommended but not required)*
  • List of Participating Regional Stakeholders
  • Language Proficiency Evaluation

*All recommended NEXUS candidates who are funded will be affiliated by CIES, Fulbright Commissions or Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies at sites appropriate for the proposed work.  In some cases, applicants will correspond with colleagues at institutions or research centers and, in effect, arrange their own placements. Review committee members are welcome to suggest possible affiliation sites for the recommended candidates.

Selection Process

The selection of Fulbright Scholars from Central America and the Caribbean is a three-stage process, as follows:

  1. Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies recruit and organize the initial screening of applications in the applicant’s home country. The suggested in-country deadline for applications is May 15, 2012. This will allow PAS time to review and nominate up to four candidates. Candidates should be ranked in order of preference. PAS should also notify applicants of their recommend or non-recommend status following the in-country review.
  2. The U.S. Embassy forwards to CIES the applications recommended from the initial screening process no later than June 15, 2012. CIES convenes a review committee in the U.S. to consider the applications received from the region.
  3. Candidates recommended for an award by the U.S. review committee must then be approved by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB). All candidates will be notified of select or non-decisions by July 2012.

The Review of Applications in the United States

Academic review of the applications recommended from the initial in-country review is conducted by a multidisciplinary committee of U.S. scholars and professionals with extensive experience in the program themes. Academic review is the hallmark of the Fulbright Scholar Program. It ensures that applicants will be evaluated on academic, scholarly and professional criteria.

A number of factors are taken into account including: traditional criteria for academic and professional excellence, compelling research methodology, suitability of the applicant for the endeavor to be undertaken, necessity of doing the work in the United States and the overall strengths of the applicant and application in comparison with others in the applicant pool.

Review Criteria

A basic objective of the exchange program is to provide educational exchange experiences to the maximum number of individuals not previously afforded the opportunity. Secondly, the exchange experience should be of some intrinsic value to the scholar as well as to the home institution in the scholar’s home country.

Research proposals must fall within one of three inter-related areas: Science, Technology and Innovation; Entrepreneurship; and Sustainable Energy.

Within the context of these basic objectives, the review committee evaluates each applicant on the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s training, research and publication record, and relevance to the proposed grant activities
  • Awards, grants, conference papers, compositions, exhibitions, or other evidence of achievements directly related to the proposed project
  • Cultural adaptability, sensitivity, and ability to perform collaborative research in a multidisciplinary team-based setting
  • Public policy impact and practical significance of research to the Western Hemisphere
  • How research will advance understanding of regional development to improving the quality of life in local communities and regions across the Western Hemisphere
  • How local stakeholders from a range of sectors (i.e. NGO’s, government, private industries) will collaborate as program implementers in research activities
  • Proposals should describe how projects will move from theory to practice and be implemented at the local, national and/or regional level
  • Research design and methodology
  • Feasibility of the proposed project for the research exchange visit in terms of time frame and access to resources or individuals necessary for completion of the project
  • Arrangements for affiliation and letter of invitation, if any (not required)
  • English language proficiency sufficient for carrying out proposed project.
  • Previous Fulbright Grants: Preference is given to applicants who have not already had a Fulbright grant.
  • Previous Experience in the United States: Preference is given to applicants who have not had substantial research, teaching, study or employment experience in the United States, especially within the last five years.
  • Cultural Adaptability: Evidence of cross-cultural adaptability, flexibility and sensitivity is considered.
  • Distribution: To the extent possible, applicants are chosen to represent broad geographic distribution from Central America and the Caribbean as well as to include representation by men and women scholars in a variety of disciplines, specializations and proposal topics.

Notification Following Review of Applications in the United States

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) in Washington, D.C. will submit the applications of candidates recommended by the U.S. review committee to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) for final review and selection. After the FSB approves the list of candidates, CIES will announce the names of those selected as principal and alternate candidates to the Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies in Central America and the Caribbean. The Embassies will then contact applicants to inform them whether or not they have been selected for an award. This will occur in early August 2012.

Successful candidates will then need to complete and submit a Medical History and Examination Form and copies of the passport data pages. Details of the Fulbright grant and other issues important to visiting scholars, including issuing grant documents and disbursing grant funds, will be communicated by CIES through U.S. Embassy staff.

CIES NEXUS Staff Contact Information

Katrin DeWindt, Assistant Director

Jennifer Fox, Program Officer

Jake Silva, Program Associate

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