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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 grantees are strongly encouraged to arrive in August 2019 to attend the in-country orientation during the third week of August. An abbreviated orientation will be held in January 2020 for grantees arriving after the new year.

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: No Ghanaian local language skills are required. However, some study of local languages (e.g., Twi, Fanti, Ga) prior to arrival is encouraged to promote deeper engagement with the host community. Field researchers may need to coordinate with Ghanaian partner institutions for assistance in specific communities. Language training institutes are located in Accra, Abetifi, and Tamale. Intensive private tutoring can also be explored by the grantee.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No

Affiliation

It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with an appropriate Ghanaian institution. Candidates are encouraged to identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and to include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. The formal affiliation procedure, which is completed upon arrival, involves completion of the appropriate forms and may include payment of an affiliation fee. 

Research Clearance

The letter offering affiliation with a university department or other institution may serve as the required research clearance. However, grantees may also need to go through an Institutional Review Board (IRB) process at their home institution and/or Ghanaian host institution (i.e., university or research/teaching hospital.) This may include payment of fees if the grantee is planning on conducting research and/or collecting primary data from vulnerable populations, such as children under the age of 18, and hospital patients.

Dependents

Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

https://gh.usembassy.gov/