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Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
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


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



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


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:

Boitekanelo College:

Botho University:

Botswana Accountancy College:

Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis:

Botswana Institute for Technology, Research and Innovation:

Botswana International University of Science & Technology:

Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources:

University of Botswana:

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  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.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Naomi Makgolo