Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Botswana

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Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
9 Months
PDO
Mandatory
Grant Period

9 Months

 Fulbright grants will begin between June 2019 and March 2020, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone. (Note: this is a good timing for research students to be able to meet local professors and engage undergraduate students as assistants if needed. Most universities start vacations in May, November and March.)

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.

Candidate Profile

Ph.D. and Master’s degree candidates who plan to conduct dissertation research are preferred. Candidates must present serious projects matching the U.S. Embassy priority areas as follows: public health (cervical cancer, TB, HIV/AIDS); security and stability (anti-poaching, human/wildlife conflict, waste water and energy management); heritage preservation; civil society strengthening, particularly with respect to a free and vibrant media or the human rights of key populations; regional economic communities (SADC); economic diversification --- will be considered. All candidates must be mature and able to carry out independent research projects. Collaboration with local institutions and individuals is encouraged. Grantees are required to report their project progress to the U.S. Embassy on quarterly basis and to consider themselves part of the ongoing U.S. Mission program.

Accepted Degree Levels

Master's

Doctoral

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: Yes

Affiliation

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 advise candidates about organizations that match their research interests.

Prospective host institutions include:

Ba Isago University: www.baisago.ac.bw/home

Boitekanelo College: www.boitekanelo.ac.bw

Botho University: www.bothouniversity.com

Botswana Accountancy College: www.bac.ac.bw/

Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis: www.bidpa.bw

Botswana Institute for Technology, Research and Innovation: www.bitri.co.bw

Botswana International University of Science & Technology: www.biust.ac.bw

Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources: www.bca.bw/

University of Botswana: www.ub.bw

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

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

Grantees planning to credit/audit some courses need to check fees and student requirements directly with the institutions before they make financial commitments.

Grantees are advised to verify with their home institutions if there are no existing collaborations with the prospective hosts before they pay affiliation fees. 

Research Clearance

Candidates must obtain research approval from the Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender 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 four months 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 http://www.gov.bw/en/Ministries--Authorities/Ministries/Ministry-of-Labour--Home-Affairs-MLHA/Tools--Services/Services--Forms/Resident-Permit-Application/  for more information and application forms. You may also contact the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs (Research Permits), Private Bag 002, Gaborone, Botswana.

Dependents

Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

https://bw.usembassy.gov/

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Naomi Makgolo

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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.

Artist

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. 

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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.