United States Fulbright Visiting Student/Scholar Program for Nigerians

The Fulbright Visiting Student Program: Junior Staff Development (JSD)

Course(s) Offered: Several
Course Level: Graduate (training)
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 Junior Staff Development 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.

The Fulbright Visiting Student Program: Junior Staff Development (JSD)

To be eligible for a grant:
  1. Applicants must be citizens or nationals of Nigeria, or permanent residents holding a valid passport issued by the government of Nigeria.
  2. Applicants must be doctoral students and have the endorsement of their home institution.
  3. Applicants must be at least two years into their doctoral program in any discipline.
  4. Applicants must have an outstanding academic record and high level of English proficiency.
  5. Applicants must meet a minimum score of 100 in the internet based TOEFL test.
  6. Applicants must have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program as scheduled and to returning home.
  7. Only applicants with strong proposals, outlining their research objectives, methodology, time-frame, and justification for conducting the research in the U.S. will be short-listed for interviews.
  8. Preference will be given to applicants who have not studied in the U.S.
  9. Applicants in business, law and accounting should understand that most U.S. institutions rarely accept research students in these fields due to high demand for full-time programs and tuition concerns. As a consequence, we face great challenges in finding placements for such grantees unless their proposals are tilted toward economics, development-related areas, democracy, human rights and conflict resolution.
Eligible groups
Citizens of Nigeria
[Please note that scholars from over 100 countries are awarded yearly, however information on this page is for Nigerian applicants only.]

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

Fields of study
Any discipline at any Nigerian university or research institute (however, for 2017 the natural and social sciences, arts and humanities will be given priority)

Number of awards
Not specified by sponsor

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. Objectives of the Program include:
  • To promote institutional linkages between U.S. and Nigerian universities and institutions.
  • To expose Nigerian academics to the U.S. education system and standard research facilities for timely completion of their doctoral program.
  • To promote teaching and research as well as manpower development for Nigeria’s higher institutions of learning.
  • To expose grantees to leadership skills and voluntary service with a view to sensitizing them to imbibe these values when they return home.
Method of Application
All prospective applicants for the Fulbright JSD Program must understand that the program is a non-degree program. The application and instructions can be found at the official website via the links below. All applicants must fill out the online application forms completely and attach their supporting documents online (3 academic and professional references, Curriculum Vitae, academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended and writing sample.) All applications must be submitted online on or before the deadline below.

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.

ONLY online applications are accepted. Interested applicants can apply online at the following website: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/international/

Call for Applications begin February 1 every year. Deadline for submitting online application and all supplementary documents is June 1

The Fulbright Program offers grants to qualified Nigerian graduate students to conduct research for a period of time in the United States. Nigerian scholars may apply to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions and are eligible for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. For more opportunities for Nigerians, visit Fulbright Opportunities for Citizens of Nigeria.

The Fulbright Program is an American scholarship program of competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946. Under the Fulbright Program, competitively selected American citizens may become eligible for scholarships to study, conduct research, or exercise their talents abroad; and citizens of other countries may qualify to do the same in the United States of America. The program was established to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. It is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world.

Application Deadline: 1 June 2017
Open to International students: No (ONLY Nigerians)

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