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Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
9 Months
PDO
Mandatory
Grant Period

9 Months

Fulbright grants will begin between October 2019 and March 2020, 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

As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2019.

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, the Centre for Educational Research, or the Centre 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 (NCST) promotes and coordinates all research activities at the national level and ensures that research projects are geared to national  development needs and goals. Some of the regulatory requirements and guidelines can be found on the NCST website, or via email to its Director General.

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 Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://mw.usembassy.gov

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Public Affairs Section