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:

The Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP) is an opportunity for a Malawian University Faculty or Research Institute Professionals to conduct research in their field of expertise at a U.S. Academic or Research Institution for a period of 3 to 9 months. A research grant enables the scholar to perform high-level research at a U.S. educational institution, aimed at strengthening academic programs or curricula at his/her home institution.  Applicants need to have a proven track record of productive scholarly research, and publications.

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 2020 and no later than March 2021.  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.

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 2020 and no later than March 2021.  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 and who may not have had recent access to 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON ELIGIBILITY:

  1. 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.
  1. Applicants must be citizens of the country from which they apply or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid passport issued by that country.
  1. Applicants for research grants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent terminal degree in their fields.  Preference is given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.
  1. Applicants without doctorate degrees but who hold a master’s or equivalent graduate degree are eligible in the program and curriculum development category.
  1. Applications for doctoral dissertation research, postdoctoral research immediately following the completion of a doctorate degree, or general professional travel, are ineligible.
  1. Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright scholar grant.
  1. Preference will be given to candidates who have had no experience or limited experience in the U.S.
  1. Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in English to carry out their research projects and collaborate effectively with colleagues.  TOEFL exams are not required, but Posts may choose to institute local English language testing, if necessary, to evaluate applicants’ language skills.  At a minimum, Posts should evaluate English-language proficiency through a documented interview conducted in-person or by videoconferencing, or by telephone if videoconferencing is not a viable option.
  1. 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.

Clink on the following link to create your account and APPLY to the program: https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2020 

Deadline for receiving applications is April 30, 2019

For inquiries write to LilongwePAO@state.gov

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals, and artists from abroad to research and study for a Master’s degree in the United States for one year or longer at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. The Program accepts several fields of study including technology, journalism, agriculture, business, economics, law, engineering, education and others.

Eligibility Requirements for 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 U.S. Preference will be given to candidates who have not studied overseas at all in the last 5 years.

Clink on link below to create your account and APPLY to the program:

https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2020

Deadline for receiving applications is March 30, 2019

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

For inquiries write to:  LilongwePAO@state.gov