South Pacific Island Nations
3 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
Grant Length10 Months
This program provides opportunities for students who wish to propose study/research projects in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, OR Vanuatu. (Note: This is NOT a multi-country award.) Selection will be made based on the quality of applications, rather than on per-country quotas. The distribution of awards to countries in the region varies annually.
Fulbright grantees will begin their 10 month grant period between August 2024 and March 2025, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji; the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; or, the U.S. Embassy in Apia, Samoa. Grantees must contact the U.S. Embassy prior to arrival to arrange for a security briefing and orientation. Please note that the cost of living in some Pacific Island Nations (particularly Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu) is very high.
All grantees must be prepared to work independently with a minimum of supervision. Candidates must be mature, resourceful and flexible.
Candidates at all degree levels are eligible, but preference will be given to master's and doctoral candidates. Candidates with only a bachelor's degree must be sure to submit well thought-out and methodologically rigorous proposals.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Applicants without any local language skills should include plans in their Fulbright applications for language study concurrent with their research projects.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
All candidates must secure a strong and reliable affiliation with a host country university or institution. Candidates must include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. This affiliation is a critical component of the research clearance process.
Research Clearance and Visas
Grantees will be required to obtain research clearance from the host government. A letter of institutional affiliation will be required. Contact the host institution to begin this process immediately upon acceptance of the Fulbright award, as it can take five months or more to obtain approvals from multiple ministries.
The host country's embassy in the United States (Washington, DC) should also be contacted immediately upon acceptance of the Fulbright award for visa guidance.
As the visa/research clearance process can be extremely slow, grantees are strongly warned to start the process as soon as possible and follow through diligently and consistently. Much of the documentation required for the research clearance is identical to the materials submitted with the Fulbright application.
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea is responsible for looking after U.S. interests in three Pacific Island Nations: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. : PDPortMoresby@state.gov
The U.S. Embassy in Apia, Samoa is responsible for looking after U.S. interests in Samoa.: ApiaPd@state.gov