Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

Fulbright grants will begin between August 2018 and March 2019, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone.

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.

Candidate Profile

Ph.D. candidates who plan to conduct dissertation research and Master's candidates are preferred. Bachelor's-level candidates who present serious projects matching the U.S. Embassy's priority areas --  public health (cervical cancer, TB, HIV/AIDS and its connection to gender-based violence), the environment (anti-poaching; eco-tourism; waste, water and energy management), heritage preservation, and economic growth/diversification -- will also be considered. All candidates must be mature and able to carry out independent research projects. Collaboration with local individuals and institutions is encouraged.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Although English is the official language, Setswana or other local languages may be needed for research conducted in rural areas.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with an appropriate institution in Botswana. Candidates must affiliate with local colleges and universities, research institutions, and NGOs, and include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. The U.S. Embassy may be able to advise candidates about organizations that match their research interests.

Prospective host institutions include:

University of Botswana

Botswana Accountancy College

Botswana College of Agriculture

Botswana International University of Science & Technology

Botho University

Boitekanelo College

Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Some academic institutions may charge professional fees for a local professor/advisor working with the grantee.

Research Clearance

Candidates must obtain research approval from the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs or the relevant ministry prior to conducting their research. Applications for research clearance normally take several months to process. Since the research clearance process is easier with the support of an affiliate institution, regular communication with the prospective affiliation is strongly recommended prior to arrival in Botswana. For additional information on the research clearance process, contact the Educational Attache, Embassy of the Republic of Botswana, or visit here for more information and application forms. You may also contact the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs (Research Permits), Private Bag 002, Gaborone, Botswana. 


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

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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.