Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government.  Administered by the Department of State and the Institute of International Education (IIE), the program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. U.S. Embassy Lilongwe’s Public Affairs Section manages the Fulbright Program in Malawi and nominates candidates to the Fulbright Scholarship Board in Washington DC. Available opportunities include:

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

Two categories of grants are offered in the ARSP: research grants and program and curriculum development grants.

Research Grants:

Awards of 3 to 9 months are offered for African university faculty or research institute professionals to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution beginning no earlier than August 2017 and no later than March 2018.  Applicants must hold a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in their fields.  Preference will be given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.  Length of grants is determined by research requirements as demonstrated in the proposal.

Program and Curriculum Development Grants:

Awards of 3 to 5 months are offered for African university faculty or administrators to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution beginning no earlier than August 2017 and no later than March 2018.  Proposals should be linked to professional duties and demonstrate how the scholar will use the knowledge gained to develop new courses, curricula, or other academic programs at the home institution.  These grants are designed for university faculty or administrators with less experience, who may not have had access to recent research or instructional developments in their disciplines.  A doctorate degree is not required, but applicants must hold a minimum of a master’s or equivalent graduate degree.  Length of grants is determined by research requirements as demonstrated in the proposal.

HIV/AIDS:

The ARSP includes a special group of grants for scholars with proposals in HIV/AIDS-related research. Scholars in all academic disciplines are invited to formulate proposals with an HIV/AIDS focus.  Candidates may apply either as research scholars or program and curriculum development scholars.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON ELIGIBILITY:

  • The ARSP is open to scholars in all disciplines and without regard to gender or age; however, proposals for clinical medical research involving patient contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.
  • Applicants must be citizens of Malawi or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid passport issued in Malawi.
  • Applicants for research grants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent terminal degree in their field.  Preference is given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.
  • Applicants without doctorate degrees but who hold a master’s or equivalent graduate degree are eligible in the program and curriculum development category.
  • Applications for doctoral dissertation research, postdoctoral research immediately following the completion of a doctorate degree, or general professional travel, are ineligible.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright scholar grant.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have had no experience or only limited experience in the U.S.
  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in English to carry out their projects and collaborate effectively with colleagues.  TOEFL exams are not required, but the U.S. Embassy in Malawi may choose to institute local English language testing, if necessary, to evaluate applicants’ language skills.  At a minimum, the U.S. Embassy in Malawi will evaluate English-language proficiency through a documented interview conducted in-person.
  • Applicants must be in good health.  Successful candidates will be asked to submit a Medical History and Examination Report.
  • Scholars who were unsuccessful in previous competitions may re-apply.  Repeat applicants should revise their proposals, update curriculum vitae, and obtain current letters of reference.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON APPLICATIONS:

  • Scholars must indicate the type of grant for which they are applying (research or program and curriculum development).  The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) will assign scholars who do not indicate a preference to an appropriate category.
  •  Each application must include three letters of reference.
  • Letters of invitation from U.S. universities are strongly encouraged but not required.  Applicants are discouraged from requesting affiliation with an alma mater.  CIES will honor institutional affiliation preferences as far as possible.  Applicants unfamiliar with U.S. institutions may request that CIES identify suitable placements.

The application period for this program is currently closed.

For inquiries write to LilongwePAO@state.gov

Fields of Study

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program encourages study in several fields including technology, journalism, agriculture, business, economics, law, engineering, education and others.

Eligibility Requirements for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is intended for individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be Malawian citizens or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid passport issued by Malawi.
  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree (with credit or distinction), with a record of outstanding academic achievement and preparation in their chosen field of study. They must show high motivation and serious commitment to completing the program and to returning to Malawi.
  • Applicants must be candidates for either an advanced degree in their current field. Applicants who wish to pursue study in a field other than their current degree, must demonstrate adequate background in that new field.
  • Applicants must be sufficiently proficient in English to enable them to complete a full-time program of graduate study in the United States.
  • Applicants should have little or no previous experience studying or working in the United States. Preference will be given to candidates who have not studied overseas at all in the last 5 years.

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is not currently open for application.  We anticipate the Program will open for application in January 2019.

To learn more details about the Fulbright Program in general, please visit: http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org

For inquiries write to:  LilongwePAO@state.gov