2025 Fulbright Research Awards for African Scholars Program

The U.S. Mission is accepting applications for the 2025 Fulbright Research Awards for African Scholars Program with a deadline of April 12, 2024.  This award funds African university faculty, administrators, and research institute professionals to conduct postdoctoral research or curriculum development and research at a U.S. academic or research institution.  Programs involving dissertation research or general professional travel are not eligible for this program.  Curriculum development grants contribute to the development of new courses, curricula, or programs upon the participant’s return to their home institution.

Applications are accepted for either:

Research Grants (awards of three to nine months in duration)

Applicants should have a productive scholarly record and a specific project statement directly related to their ongoing teaching and/or research responsibilities.  Funding is normally for one term/semester of about four months.  Longer grants may be possible if the research proposal clearly demonstrates that the project requires more time.  Applicants must have a Ph.D.

Program and Curriculum Development Grants (awards of three to five months in duration)

Applicants will conduct reading and research of benefit to both the scholar and their home institution.  Proposals should be linked to the applicant’s professional duties (classroom instruction, student advising, and university outreach) and should provide specific details that demonstrate how the scholar would use the knowledge gained to update and improve classroom instruction at their home institution.

Application and Selection

  • Applicants must be Ugandan citizens.
  • Awards are open without regard to academic discipline, faculty rank, sex, or age.
  • Proposals for clinical medical research involving patient contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.
  • 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 other countries through interpersonal contact and the sharing of professional/academic experience and expertise among the widest possible audience.  The competition also includes a special category for scholars with proposals in HIV/AIDS-related research.
  • Preference is given to individuals who have not visited the United States within the past five years.
  • Applicants must have a strong command of the English language.
  • For research applicants, preference is given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.
  • Plagiarism in any part of an application will result in disqualification from participation in the program.
  • Applications for doctoral dissertation research, postdoctoral research immediately following the completion of a doctorate degree, or general professional travel, are ineligible.

All applications should be submitted using the online application here : https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2025.

Applications are reviewed by a local selection panel.  Final nominations are reviewed in the United States and selections are made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.  Whenever possible, scholars should plan to travel beginning August 2025 or January 2026 to coincide with U.S. university schedules.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted after review of the applications.

The deadline for applications is April 12, 2024.

Visit the official U.S. Mission Website to Apply for 2025 Fulbright Research Awards for African Scholars and for more information. | 2025 Fulbright Research Awards for African Scholars

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