Fulbright U.S. Student Program

South Africa

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Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

Fulbright grants start between July 2018 and March 2019.

Pre-Departure Orientation


All grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation in June 2018 in Washington, DC as a condition of their grants.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Nevertheless, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider whether a language other than English will be necessary for the successful completion of their projects.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Applicants should identify an educational institution, research facility, or other appropriate institution for their projects and include affiliation letters with their applications. Affiliation is possible at any of the 23 universities in South Africa; affiliation with other research institutions will also be considered. Applicants are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy’s Fulbright Office if they have questions.

Specific Considerations

Please note that the program supports a balanced countrywide distribution of grants. Priority consideration will be given to proposals involving affiliation with previously disadvantaged host institutions and to those seeking affiliations beyond heavily subscribed institutions. (Please note that institutions in the Western Cape province are often heavily subscribed.)


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


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.


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.