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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 August 2019 and March 2020, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Niamey.

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

Required - Intermediate

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. Hausa, Zarma, or another local language of the area in which research will take place is also useful.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No

Affiliation

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

Special Application Instructions

Candidates are required to provide a synopsis in French of their proposals with their applications. This synopsis should be appended after the Statement of Grant Purpose essay, so that there will be up to three pages for these two statements.

Visa Requirements

Fulbright grantees should be prepared to obtain a one-year, multi-entry visa from the Embassy of Niger in Washington, D.C.  They should allow plenty of time for the visa process and use overnight mail as much as possible to speed things up.  Fulbrighters should call the Embassy of Niger if the process seems to take longer than expected.  If the visa does not cover the full stay, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Niamey will provide letters attesting to the grantee's status in order to get an extension locally.

Research Clearance

Depending on the field of research, a lengthy clearance process may be required by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. This is particularly the case regarding research with medical implications involving human subjects. The application for clearance may only be submitted after arrival in Niger, and issuance of the authorization can take 2 to 6 weeks. The Public Affairs Section is willing to assist with this, but candidates should recognize that securing local research clearance is ultimately their responsibility.

Special Considerations

The security situation in Niger is fluid. The U.S. Embassy provides advice on special security considerations. Travel to many areas outside of the capital city is currently restricted for U.S. government personnel. Research proposals should take into consideration the fact that it may be difficult to travel to certain areas of the country. Please view the latest Travel Warning for up-to-date information.

Dependents

Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

https://ne.usembassy.gov/

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Nigerexchanges@state.gov