The Fulbright U.S.–and AFRICAN Visiting Scholar Initiative was launched in 2012 to deepen people to-people engagement and strengthen our educational ties around issues important to the African region. 2020 marks the 8th year of the program. To date, more than 87 scholars from all 10 African Member States (AMS) have been awarded scholarships to carry out 3-4 month research at U.S. universities on a wide range of subjects including maritime security, climate change, health, finance, political security, wildlife trafficking, and teaching English as a second language.

The program is open to university faculty, foreign ministry and government officials, and professional staff of think tanks and other NGOs in AMS whose work focuses on U.S.–ASEAN issues.

Eligible subjects include (but are not limited to) education, environmental science, financial market integration, food technology, information sciences, journalism, law, political science, public administration, public/global health, social work, sociology, statistics, trade and investment, trade facilitation, and applied linguistics.

For Americans and Africans: Fulbright African Research Program for U.S. Scholars

This is a new program that started in 2016. The grant allows American and African scholars to conduct collaborative research in their area of specialization on an issue of priority to African or to the U.S.–African relationship in up to three of the ten AMS. The grant is open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia.

Different Field of Study

Applications are sought in all fields, with preference given to the following disciplines: area studies, economics, environmental sciences, law, political science, public administration, public health, climate change, comparative politics, dispute settlement and negotiation, diplomacy, economic integration and trade policy, environmental science, gender studies, human migration and trafficking, international law, international relations, marine conservation, public policy, regional security, wildlife trafficking and youth studies.


he 2021-2022 Fulbright U.S.-African Visiting Scholar Initiative is opening its application. Selected U.S.-African Visiting Scholars will travel to the United States for three to four months, where they will carry out scholarly and professional research on priority issues to the U.S.-African relationship and African.

Application Process

Applicants will be expected to have a significant record of scholarly or professional accomplishment; they must be citizens of one of the ten African Member States; and they must be proficient in English. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who have not had recent and substantial experience in the United States.

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  1. Hi i am Mekonen Samuel. I am from Ethiopia. I have Bsc in Nurse and Msc in Human Nutrition. But now i want to join PhD program in Health science. I hope this organization consider my wish and create goid generatiin for future.

    Thank you
    With regard
    Mekonen Samuel

  2. Mhlanga Siphiwo Aurellio

    I have a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and I’m interested in Master of Arts

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