Fulbright: Grants for Teaching, Study, and Research

Fulbright Program Background

The Fulbright program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Senator Fulbright foresaw a program that would inspire individuals, whatever their calling in life, to promote mutual understanding and advance international cooperation.  Led by the United States government in partnership with more than 160 countries worldwide, the Fulbright Program offers international educational and cultural exchange programs for passionate and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach, or pursue important research and professional projects. For general information about the Fulbright Program worldwide, visit: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright

Fulbright in Uganda

The Fulbright program has been in existence in Uganda since the 1950s and over 300 Ugandans have received Fulbright grants to pursue higher degrees or carry out research in the United States.

Ugandan students, professionals, academics, and education administrators can participate through grants to conduct research, teach, or study at U.S. institutions of higher education.   Ugandan institutions can also participate by hosting U.S. scholars, teachers and students to conduct research, lecture and develop course curriculum.

Opportunities for Ugandan citizens

Fulbright Foreign Fulbright Student Program

Provides an opportunity for junior lecturers and young professionals to pursue the highest degree in their field and return to build Uganda’s education institutions.  Candidates are funded for a maximum of two years.

Fulbright African Research Scholar Program/Visiting Scholar Program

Provides a three to nine-month post-doctoral research grant at a U.S. institution to three to five-month grant of interest reding in the professional development category.

Fulbright Scholar in Residence Program

U.S. institutions request foreign scholars to teach for one semester or academic year. Scholars are requested either by name or field.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program for International Teachers

Brings international primary and secondary teachers to the United States for a semester-long program to pursue individual or group projects, take courses for professional development at a U.S. host university, and observe and share their expertise with U.S. colleagues.

Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program

Provides awards for mid-career professionals engaged in public service to conduct a year of combines non degree graduate studies and professional experiences.

How Do I apply to the Fulbright Program from Uganda?

Each Fulbright Program has a different timeframe for applications and an independent application process.  Program announcements are posted on the embassy website http://ug.usembasy.gov between January and March every year.
Opportunities for hosting U.S. Scholars, Specialists and Students

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Departments are invited to apply if they wish to host a U.S. Scholar to lecture and conduct research. Announcement is made is made in October and departments complete the “Request for Fulbright” forms. U.S. academics may stay for one semester or one academic year.

Fulbright U.S. Student program

Graduating university seniors in the U.S apply to conduct research in their country of choice. Universities may offer Research Associateship to students.

Fulbright Specialist program

Provides an opportunity for Ugandan universities and institutions to host a U.S. specialist for a two to six work period to work on a specific project.  Please contact Kampalaexchanges@state.gov to discuss your specialist project in advance of submission.  Once a project is approved by the Fulbright Board, a U.S. specialist will be selected to travel to Uganda.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program for U.S. Teachers (Fulbright DAST) Schools, teacher training colleges, government ministries, or educational non-governmental organizations can apply to host highly qualified U.S. educators to engage in collaborative projects.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant program

Places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas to improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States.

For more information

U.S. Mission
Cultural Affairs Section
U.S. Mission Uganda
Plot 1577 Ggaba Road, Nsambya, Kampala
Tel: 0414-259-791/5
Ext 6313/ 6311/6315



Quote – “The Fulbright Program aims to bring a litter more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into the world affairs and thereby increase the chance that nations will learn at least to live in peace and friendship”.   J. William Fulbright