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Fulbright U.S. Scholar Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Blaine King

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Application Deadline: August 3, 2015 | Awards Catalog

Every year U.S. scholars in a wide variety of academic disciplines teach and conduct research at educational institutions and non-profit organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa. U.S. Embassies in the region contribute to the program through their direction of an extensive network of scholars and share their expertise with colleagues and students.

In addition to accomplishing their grant-specific goals, Fulbright Scholars often build lasting relationships that serve as the foundation for on-going projects and other interactions on the personal and the institution level.

Among the work of grantees in previous years is:

  • Solidifying affiliations between home and host institutions in the U.S. and Africa
  • Creating non-profit organizations with African colleagues
  • Training and curriculum development during and beyond the grant term
  • Developing U.S. student study abroad and exchange opportunities in Africa
  • Mentoring African students to apply for opportunities in the U.S


Burkina Faso: Engineering and Environmental Sciences

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in water and sanitation engineering, energy, civil engineering or environmental science. Provide tutorials, supervise student projects and advise students. Assist with developing curriculum and host department research capacity. Develop institutional linkages and expand partner network.

Africa Regional Research Program: AIDS and AIDS-Related Research & All Disciplines

Research opportunities in up to three countries within Sub-Saharan Africa. Proposals in any specialization are to focus on AIDS and AIDS-related issues as they impact Sub-Saharan Africa, involve collaboration in host country or countries, include seminars or workshops and indicate plans for research dissemination in host country or countries as well as in the United States.

Madagascar: All Disciplines

Teach and research at University of Antananarivo with particular interest in the fields of American Literature and American Studies. Scholar may be given the opportunity to travel to Northern Madagascar and provide support to the University of Antsiranana's Department of Anglo-American Studies through consultations, or workshops.

Ghana: Law

Teach undergraduate and graduate law courses in any of the following areas: business, constitutional, environmental, human rights, intellectual property, investment, jurisprudence or public international. Assist with moot court, brief writing and student tutorials. Collaborate with faculty on curriculum and graduate program development. Scholars may also conduct research in their area of specialization.

Zambia: Journalism and Broadcasting

Provide courses and lectures in journalism and broadcasting to students, practitioners and faculty. Topics to be covered can include: reporting, ethics, new media, writing for online sources and news editing. Conduct research in area of specialization.

​Rwanda: Business Administration, Economics and Finance

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in business administration, economics or finance. Assist with curriculum development and faculty training.


The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit eca.state.gov/Fulbright.