Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

Fulbright grants begin between August 2019 and March 2020, subject to approval by the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos.

Pre-Departure Orientation


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




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Although English is the official language, knowledge of a local language or pidgin English may be needed for certain projects.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


The U.S. Mission to Nigeria has an Embassy in Abuja and a Consulate General in Lagos. Responsibility for support to Fulbrighters is divided between the two offices geographically. For the Lagos office, possible host institutions are:

·         University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State

·         Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State

·         Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State

·         University of Nigeria, Nsukka (and Enugu campus), Enugu State

·         Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State

·         Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State

·         Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State

·         University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

·         University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State

·         University of Lagos, Lagos, Lagos State

·         Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State

·         Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State

While the University of Port Harcourt in Port Harcourt and Delta State University in Abraka are Fulbright partner institutions, affiliations with these two schools are not possible at this time due to ongoing security and logistical concerns.

For the Abuja office, possible host institutions are:

·         University of Abuja, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory

·         Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State

·         Bayero University, Kano, Kano State

·         Benue State University, Makurdi, Benue State

·         University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State

·         University of Jos, Jos, Plateau State

·         Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, Sokoto State

·         American University of Nigeria, Yola, Adamawa State

·         Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State

·         Baze University, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory

·         Kaduna State University

·         Veritas University, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory

·         Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory

As a result of the current insecurity in the North East region of Nigeria, affiliations are not possible with the American University of Nigeria in Yola and University of Maiduguri in Borno State.

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

Field of Study Restrictions

Projects involving the laboratory sciences are discouraged because most Nigerian universities have inadequate laboratory equipment for students, and conducting science experiments is often difficult as a result.

Specific Considerations

Candidates with projects in the Niger Delta and certain parts of Northern Nigeria will not be considered due to acute logistical and security concerns.

Visa Requirements

While not required at the time of application, candidates should note that written consent from the Vice Chancellor of the affiliate university is necessary for their visas. A visa will not be issued by the Nigerian Embassy/Consulate until the Vice Chancellor’s letter is received.

Incoming Fulbrighters should apply for an STR visa and should not enter Nigeria with a business visa or tourist visa. The documents needed for the STR visa application include the Fulbright letter of award, degrees/certificates, and a curriculum vita. Grantees are not required to provide expatriate quota evidence in their visa application since they will not be working. The STR visas are subject to regularization at the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) Headquarters while in Nigeria.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Clemson Ayegbusi

Additional Online Resources

Bella Anne Ndubuisi

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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.

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



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.