The Fulbright African Research Scholar Program for African Citizens and Permanent Residents

Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP)

Course(s) Offered: Several disciplines
Course Level: Graduate (research)
Provider: US Embassy
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce the Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (FARSP) for the 2018/2019 academic year.

As in past years, the 2018/2019 FARSP will offer two different types of grants: 1) Senior Research Scholar Grants and; 2) Program and Curriculum Grants. The Senior Research Scholar Program provides an opportunity for senior academicians and scholars who already have their PhD degree (or equivalent) to conduct postdoctoral research and lecturing at U.S. universities and colleges. The Program and Curriculum Development grant enables university or academic institute members to undertake a planned program of reading and research.

The Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (FARSP) is administered for the U.S. Department of State by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), a division of the Institute of International Education. The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America invites eligible candidates to submit applications.

  • An intended applicant must be a citizen of or a permanent resident of an African country, and should hold a valid passport issued from the country in which the application is made.
  • In addition, applicants must have at least three (3) years of post-doctoral degree training or teaching experience at the time of application.
The Fulbright program takes the issue of academic dishonesty (plagiarism) very seriously and will disqualify applications that violate academic integrity.

There are no restrictions as to age, gender, faculty rank, or academic discipline for either type of FARSP grant. Preference will be given to proposals that promote the spirit and goals of the Fulbright program – that is, to increase and enhance mutual understanding between the United States and African countries through interpersonal contact and the sharing of professional academic experience and expertise. Applicants must have had extensive university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record. Their research proposal must relate directly to their ongoing teaching and research responsibilities.

Scholars who have received a Fulbright grant for study, teaching, or research in the United States within the last five years are ineligible to apply.

Please note that proposals involving doctoral dissertation research, postdoctoral research immediately following completion of a doctoral degree, or general professional travel, are ineligible. Preference will be given to individuals who have had no experience or only limited experience in the United States. Proposals for clinical medical research involving physician training, patient care and contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.

Selection criteria:
a). The Senior Research Scholar Program:
Awards are given on the basis of academic excellence, the quality of the research project proposal and recommendation letters. Preference is given to applicants who provide strong justification for undertaking their research in the United States, i.e., the need for access to research facilities or materials not readily available elsewhere or the desire for collaborative research with an American scholar or institution. Please note that awards for the Senior Research Scholar Program are offered in the physical sciences as well as in the social sciences and humanities.

b). The Program and Curriculum Development grant:
The rationale behind this grant is that many senior scholars, because of heavy teaching loads, extensive administrative and advising responsibilities unrelated to their field of academic specialization as well as lack of access to all of the latest literature in their fields, need a period of time to bring themselves up-to-date in their professional fields. Applicants with at least a Master’s Degree and five years of university teaching experience will be considered for awards in this category.

Additional instructions for completing a Fulbright Scholar application are posted on the CIES Website ( ), including advice on how to write competitive proposals.

Eligible groups
Citizens of African countries

Participating Institutions
Approved universities and colleges in the United States

Fields of study
Scholars in all academic disciplines are invited to formulate proposals with an HIV/AIDS focus. Candidates may apply either as research scholars or as program and curriculum development scholars.

Sponsorship duration
The Senior Research Scholar Program begins no earlier than August, 2018 and no later than March, 2019. Awards vary in duration from three to nine months. Most grants are for approximately six months. Grants of up to nine months are made only when a research proposal justifies the need for extended time.

The Program and Curriculum Development grant begins in August 2018. Program and Curriculum Development grantees will reside on an American university campus for a period of three to five months.

Scholarship benefits
The FARSP includes a special set of grants for scholars with proposals in HIV/AIDS-related research. Please note that unfortunately none of the FARSP grants accommodate accompanying family members.

Method of Application
The applicant must declare the particular grant program for which he/she is applying (research scholar grant or program and curriculum development grant) and should tailor his/her proposal to the appropriate program in the application form. Application instructions are available here. The application is accessible here.

Please note that all applications must be submitted through the CIES online application process using the links above not later than July 1, 2017 (or the announced date for your country/region).

Call for applications are usually made February 1. All applications must be submitted not later than the announced date for your country or region (June 1, 2017 for Nigeria; July 1, 2017 for Ethiopia, etc).

If you have any questions relating to the FARSP application process, please feel free to contact the U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs Specialist Yohannes Birhanu (

Application Deadline: 1 Jun / 1 Jul 2017
Open to International students: No (ONLY Africans)

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