Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Malawi


Select award for detailed information

Open Study/Research Award

Grant Period:

9 months

Fulbright grants will begin between October 2017 and March 2018, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe. Candidates seeking affiliation with the University of Malawi may want to check in with their contacts at that institution on a periodic basis, as it currently has no defined calendar.


Pre-Departure Orientation:

Mandatory


All grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation in June 2017 in Washington, DC as a condition of their grants.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Not Required


Additional Information: Although English is the official language, knowledge of the local language where one will be researching is an added advantage.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Affiliation:

Fulbright students may affiliate with the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi or Mzuzu University, the Catholic University, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), the University of Livingstonia, Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), various Malawian government ministries, or the Center for Social Research. However, candidates are strongly encouraged not to pay any affiliation fees until they are formally offered a Fulbright award. The National Commission for Science and Technology promotes and coordinates all research activities at the national level and ensures that research projects are geared to national development needs and goals.


Research Clearance:

An application for research clearance, together with complete biographical information, must be submitted early enough to reach the appropriate research coordinator at least six months before the date the applicant intends to conduct the research. Special permits might be required when conducting HIV/AIDS research. This permission is obtained through a special committee.


General Comments:

Applied research receives priority over purely academic research. Preference is given to research that will directly benefit Malawi and to projects that involve local people and institutions as a way to build local capacity in research. Applicants should indicate how their research will directly benefit Malawi and involve local people and institutions.


Dependents:

Dependent support is available


Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship

Award Profile:

The Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship affords participants the opportunity to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience while also carrying out an academic research/study project. You can read more detailed information about the Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship and application guidelines.


Grant Period:

10 months


Pre-Departure Orientation:

Mandatory


All Fulbright-Clinton Fellows will be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2017 in Washington, DC as a condition of their grants.


Candidate Profile:

Candidates for the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships must:

  • Be U.S. Citizens
  • Have a Master’s with an area of focus that is applicable to public policy, or a JD degree OR be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program prior to the grant period which will commence in Fall 2017. Candidates who hold a doctoral degree at the time of application are not eligible.
  • Have at least two years of full-time, professional work experience in policy-related fields.
  • Meet the language proficiency requirement

Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements from all applicable public policy areas and academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply and will be eligible for selection and placement. However, candidates with backgrounds and skills in agriculture, economics and finance, education, environmental policy, and health are especially encouraged to apply.

To learn more, read the profiles of the current Fulbright-Clinton Fellows.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Not Required


Additional Information: Fulbright-Clinton Fellows will be required to effectively carry out a position in a foreign government ministry seamlessly. Meeting the language requirements is critical for completing the daily requirements of the professional placement. Applicants should also keep in mind that they will be living and need to function in the local economy. They should be cognizant of this requirement especially in cases in which the official or working language(s) of government differs from the language used in daily life by the local population. Proficiency will be determined by the application and also will be verified at various times in the application process, including an interview to determine language level.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: No


Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Affiliation:

Unlike the traditional Fulbright program, candidates should not affiliate with an in-country host institution during the application process. Candidates must not seek their own placements at this stage and must not submit any letters regarding placements/affiliations with their applications. Candidates who do not follow these guidelines may be deemed ineligible.

While applicants are eligible for placement government-wide, and placements may be possible in a number of different Malawian government ministries and affiliated organizations, the following are considered to be priority ministries for placement: the Ministries of Agriculture, Education, Environment, Finance, and Health.


Application Process:

Applications will be accepted from March 31, 2016 to October 11, 2016. Please make sure to carefully review the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship overview and application FAQs before you apply.


Questions:

If you have questions about the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, please email Jermaine Jones.


Dependents:

Dependent support is available


I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

FPA

Placeholder

U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.