2020 Fulbright Research Awards for African Scholars

The U.S. Mission is now accepting applications for the 2020 Fulbright African Research Scholar Program.  This award funds African university faculty, administrators and research institute professionals to conduct postdoctoral research or curriculum development and research at a U.S. academic or research institution.  Programs involving dissertation research or general professional travel are not eligible under this program.  Curriculum Development grants contribute to the development of new courses, curricula, or programs upon the participant’s return to her/his home institution.

Applications are accepted for either of the following programs:

Research Grants (awards of three – nine months’ duration).

Applicants should have a productive scholarly record and a specific project statement directly related to their on-going teaching and/or research responsibilities.  Funding is normally for one term /semester of about four months.  Longer grants may be possible if the research project requires more time as clearly demonstrated in the research proposal.  Applicants must have a Ph.D.

Program and Curriculum Development Grants (awards of three to five months’ duration).

Applicants will conduct reading and research of benefit to both the scholar and his/her home institution.  Proposals should be linked to the applicant’s professional duties (classroom instruction, student advising, and university outreach) and should provide specific details to demonstrate how the scholar would use the knowledge gained to update and improve classroom instruction at the home institution.

Application and Selection

  • Awards are open without regard to academic discipline, faculty rank, sex, or age;

However, proposals for clinical medical research involving patient contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.

  • Preference will be given to those proposals that best promote the spirit and goals of the Fulbright Program: to increase and enhance mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through inter-personal contact and the sharing of professional/academic experience and expertise among the widest possible audience.  The competition also includes a special category for scholars with proposals in HIV/AIDS-related research;
  • Preference is given to individuals who have not visited the United States for any appreciable period within the past five years;

Applicants must have a strong command of the English language;

  • For research applicants, preference is given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience;
  • Applicants must be Ugandan citizens.

All applications should be submitted using the on-line application that can be found at https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2020.  Applications are reviewed by a local selection panel. Final nominations are reviewed in the United States and selections made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.  Whenever possible, scholars should plan to travel beginning August 2020 or January 2021 so as to coincide with U.S. university schedules.

Deadline for applications is May 5, 2019

Note:  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted after review of the applications.


U.S. Mission

E-Mail: kampalaexchanges@state.gov

Phone: 0414-259791/5 ext. 6313