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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 start between August 2020 and March 2021.  Applicants are encouraged to schedule their research to allow for a late January arrival in order to attend a group orientation at the U.S. Embassy.

Individual orientation is done based upon in-country arrival date.

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 2020.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

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

Affiliation

Applicants should identify an educational institution, research facility, or other appropriate institution for their projects and include affiliation letters and/or research clearance letters with their applications. Affiliation is possible at any of the 26 universities in South Africa; affiliation with other public or private institutions will also be considered. Applicants are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy’s Fulbright Office if they have questions: Fulbright_Program_SAfrica@state.gov.

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, dependant on the field of study. Please note that institutions in the Western Cape Province are often heavily subscribed and applying for opportunities in the more rural provinces may make your application more competetive.

Dependents

Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://za.usembassy.gov