Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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Fulbright Study/Research Grants

Grant Period:

9 months

Fulbright grants begin between August 2015 and March 2016, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Dakar.

Accepted Degree Levels:




Foreign Language Proficiency:

French Language Proficiency: Strongly Recommended

Level: Intermediate

2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant.

Additional Information: French language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis. Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project. Study of Wolof or another Senegalese language is strongly recommended for in-depth research.

Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure affiliation with an educational institution, research facility, or other appropriate institution. It is strongly recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications.

Field of Study Restrictions:

Projects dealing with secession/border conflict studies, and Casamance separatist studies particularly, are prohibited due to safety concerns. The U.S. Embassy is unable to approve some projects involving fieldwork in the Casamance region at this time.  Research with medical implications involving human subjects is discouraged, as a lengthy clearance process with the Ministry of Health is required.

Special Opportunities:

Fields of study that relate to Senegal’s economic development are strongly encouraged. Opportunities are available for study in a number of areas including: agriculture, art, business, Senegalese/West African culture, development studies, economics, government, political science, history, Islamic studies, media studies, environment, law, literature, medicine, natural sciences, sociology, and research on TEFL/TESL.


Dependent support is available.

2 English Teaching Assistantships

Grant Period:

9 months

The academic year begins in September/October 2015 and ends in May/June 2016. A mandatory in-country orientation will be provided by the U.S. Embassy in Dakar.

Candidate Profile:

Graduate students or graduating seniors with a degree in English or education who are considering careers in English, education, or TEFL/applied linguistics and have experience in teaching or tutoring will be considered. Applicants with degrees and/or experience in library sciences and information technology, if combined with teaching experience and/or coursework in pedagogy, are also encouraged to apply.

Placement Type:

Placement will be made by the U.S. Embassy, at the university undergraduate or graduate level.

Accepted Degree Levels:




Foreign Language Proficiency:

French Language Proficiency: Recommended

Level: Intermediate

2 years of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant

Additional Information: A working knowledge of Wolof is very useful in Senegal.

Nature of Assignment:

ETAs will work approximately 20 hours per week assisting university professors in their classrooms, plus requisite class preparation time. At the host institution, ETAs will help with research, lesson plans and course presentation to improve the English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills of university students for whom English is a second language.  ETAs may also assist with English for Specific Purposes, curriculum design, training academic and administrative staff, information technology and school-related activities including English clubs.

Responsibilities may also include working with U.S. Embassy programs including the American Corners (http://dakar.usembassy.gov/american_corner_thies.html), the Information Resource Center, the Access program, webinars and conferences.

ETAs will be assigned as language-learning assistants, but may be asked to be responsible for teaching entire courses.


The U.S. Embassy will work with host institutions to assist ETAs in identifying and securing housing.


Dependent support is available.

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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.


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.



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.