Fulbright Research Awards for African Scholars

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The American Government through your local Embassy in Africa is now accepting applications for Fulbright African Research Programs.

This award funds African university lecturers & professors to conduct postdoctoral research or undertake a planned program of reading and research at a U.S. academic or research institution.

Programs involving dissertation research or general professional travel are not eligible under these programs.

Ideal programs will contribute to the development of new courses, curricula, or programs upon the participant’s return to her/his home institution.

Application and Selection:

  • Awards are open without regard to academic discipline, faculty rank, sex and age.
  • Preference will be given to those proposals that best promote the spirit and goals of the Fulbright Program: to increase and enhance mutual understanding between the United States and African countries through inter-personal contact and the sharing of professional/academic experience and expertise among the widest possible audience.
  • This year's competition includes a special category for scholars with proposals in HIV/AIDS-related research.
  • Preference will also be given to individuals who have not visited the United States for any appreciable period within the past five years.
  • Applicants must have a strong command of the English language and at least three years of university teaching experience.
  • Applicants must have citizenship in an African country.
  • All applications should be submitted using the on-line application
  • All applications must include a detailed statement of the proposed research project, a curriculum vitae, a specific justification for the grant period requested and three letters of reference.
  • At least two references must come from specialists in the field outside the scholar's own institution.
  • A statement of support from the scholar's home institution would also be welcome.
  • Applications will be accepted for either of the following programs: Research Grants:
  • Applicants should have a productive scholarly record and a specific project statement directly related to their on-going teaching and/or research responsibilities.
  • Funding is normally for one term or semester (about four months).
  • Longer grants may be possible if the research project requires more time, as clearly demonstrated in the research proposal. Successful applicants must possess a Ph.D. Program and Curriculum Development Grants:
  • Applicants will undertake a planned program of reading and research of benefit to both the scholar and his/her home institution.
  • Proposals should be linked to the applicant’s professional duties (classroom instruction, student advising, and university outreach) and should provide specific details to demonstrate how the scholar would use the knowledge gained to update and improve classroom instruction at the home institution.

    Grant Provisions:

  • Round-trip economy international travel and excess-baggage allowance for the grantee,
  • For awards of 9 months, travel is provided for up to one dependent,
  • A monthly cost-of-living allowance, which is subject to U.S. income tax,
  • An allowance for books, research materials, and travel to professional meetings,
  • A settling in allowance,
  • Limited accident and sickness insurance for the grantee only, and an allowance to defray the cost of U.S. medical insurance for a maximum of two dependents.
    Application Deadline: Varies from country to country but between May and July.

    For more information and application, visit: Fulbright Research Awards for African Scholars

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