February 22, 2013

Fulbright Visiting Student Scholarship Program for Nigerians

Fulbright Visiting Student Scholarship Program: Junior Staff Development (JSD) for Nigerians

Course(s) Offered: Several
Course Level: Graduate (trainings)
Provider: U.S. Department of State; IIE
Country to Study in: USA

Scholarship Description
The Junior Staff Development Program is a non-degree program funded by the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York.

The program is designed primarily to strengthen capacities of African universities through higher degree training and to develop the potential of their academic staff.

It is targeted at young and exceptionally promising faculty members who wish to conduct their doctoral research in the United States. Applicants must be at least two years into their doctoral program in any discipline at a Nigerian university or research institute at the time of application. However, preference will be given to those applicants in the areas of natural and social sciences, arts, and humanities.

Eligibility Guidelines:
  • All prospective applicants for the Fulbright JSD Program must understand that the program is a non-degree program.
  • Applicants must be a Nigerian citizen and resident in Nigeria at time of application and selection.
  • Applicants must state their study/research objectives clearly and concisely, including timeframe, methodology and program design for accomplishing the research.
  • Applicants must be university lecturers who have registered for their Ph.D. and completed a reasonable amount of their research work.
  • Applicants must be faculty members in the sciences, law, social science, law and humanities with uninterrupted years of experience in teaching and research. Applicants in the business and accounting courses are not guaranteed placement due to high competition in these areas.
  • Successful applicants must be prepared to undergo a thorough medical examination conducted by a qualified physician from a recognized medical unit or university teaching hospital. An authorized health official or licensed physician must issue the results of the exam onto the prescribed medical form supplied by IIE and attach a medical certificate (if available). Successful applicants must also complete all immunization requirements before departing Nigeria.
  • Applicants must attach copies of all diplomas and certificates to their application. In addition, applicants must send their resume and bio-data page of their Nigerian passport.
  • Applicants must have a TOEFL score of no less than 80 and good GRE score at the time of or after submitting their application prior to the deadline.
Eligible groups
Nigerian citizens who are lecturers or teaching faculty at specified Nigerian universities/research institutes. Please note that scholars from over 100 countries are awarded yearly, however information on this page is for Nigerian applicants.

Participating Institutions
All approved U.S. universities and research institutions

Fields of study
The sciences, law, social science, arts and humanities. Please note that business and accounting courses are not guaranteed due to high competition in these areas.

Number of awards
Not specified by providers

Sponsorship duration
From an academic semester to a full academic year (program length is 3 to 6 months, 6 months to 1 year)

Scholarship benefits
The Program provides grants to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions

Method of Application
All applications must be submitted online on or before April 30.

Other supporting documents can be attached to the online application or submitted to the U.S Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria's office no later than the deadline date specified, Attention: Cultural Affairs Officer, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central Business Area, Abuja or Public Diplomacy Officer, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate Lagos, 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.

ONLY online applications are accepted. Interested applicants can apply online at the following website:

Call for Applications begin February 1 every year; while Application Closing Date is May 1.

Please note:
Applicants are advised to read the instructions preceding the application carefully and seek the assistance of senior colleagues who are Fulbright alumna before they commence to fill in the forms.

Interested persons can get more information by sending an e-mail to CulturalAbuja@state.gov or CulturalLagos@state.gov

Scholarship Application Deadline: 1 May 2013
Open to International students: No (ONLY Nigerians)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Fulbright Opportunities for Citizens of Nigeria

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