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2020-2021 Fulbright African Research Scholar Program Call for Applications: Call for Applications
May 7, 2019

2020-2021 Fulbright African Research Scholar Program

Call for Applications

Apply here:  https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2020

Deadline: May 31, 2019

The Fulbright African Research Program is an opportunity for Chadian 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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be Chadian citizens or permanent residents with the ability to hold a Chadian passport.
  • 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 have a doctoral degree or equivalent professional/terminal degree in their field.  Preference will be given to individuals who have extensive university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.
  • Applicants may be affiliated with local universities, research institutes, or other institutions that have educational and/or research objectives.
  • Applications for doctoral dissertation research, post-doctoral research immediately following the completion of a doctorate degree, or general professional travel, are
  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the English language to carry out the project required.  TOEFL exams are not required.  English language proficiency may be tested by Fulbright Offices.
  • 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.
  • Scholars 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.

How to Apply

A completed application should:

  • Be submitted online by October 1, 2019. No part can be submitted by post or email.
  • Include fully completed online application information with all the uploaded documents including a detailed CV.
  • Include a well-written research proposal with easily explained methodology that can be understood by a general reviewing committee.
  • Include three confidential letters of reference. These letters must be uploaded by your referees through the online application system. (Guidelines on how to register your referees are on that system).  Any documents or letters of reference sent via email or post will not be accepted.
  • A letter of invitation from a U.S. host institution is 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.
  • Applicants should note that laboratory fees are not part of the standard benefits package for the African Research Scholar Program and are awarded on a limited, case-by-case basis, and only if funding is available.

What does a Grant Include:

  • Monthly stipend based on the cost of living at the research site.
  • Monthly dependent allowance for accompanying dependents.
  • Round trip airfare for the grantee.
  • Round trip airfare for one dependent accompanying the grantee for a minimum period of 80% on a nine-month grant.
  • Excess baggage allowance for return travel.
  • Professional allowance for books, conferences, and seminars.
  • Settling-in allowance.
  • Primary medical insurance coverage for the grantee.

For additional information about the application process, please contact Felix Mbatalbaye (mbatelbayefn@state.gov).

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.