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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 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

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: 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

Affiliation

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.

Dependents

Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

https://ng.usembassy.gov

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Clemson Ayegbusi

Additional Online Resources

Bella Anne Ndubuisi