Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
Grant Length6-9 Months
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Botswana aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Botswana. Projects addressing climate change; civic engagement; human-animal conflict; women and youth in politics; cyber-security, cyber bullying, and forensics; renewable energy; public health; aerospace; education management and policy; and law enforcement are especially welcome.
Fulbright grants will begin between the summer of 2023 and March 2024, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone. (Note: this is 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.)
As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2023.
Ph.D. and Master’s degree candidates who plan to conduct dissertation research are preferred.
Candidates must present serious projects in line with U.S. Embassy strategic priorities as follows: public health (cervical cancer, TB, diabetes, obesity, drug abuse, mental health, HIV/AIDS; teaching hospital staffing and operations); security and stability (regional security capacity, anti-poaching, human/wildlife conflict, sustainable and economically-beneficial management of natural resources); heritage preservation; civil society strengthening, particularly with respect to a free and vibrant media or the human rights of key populations; technical and vocational education; regional economic communities (SADC); economic diversification; regional economic integration; and foreign direct investment.
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 a quarterly basis and to consider themselves part of the ongoing U.S. Mission program.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
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
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
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:
- Ba Isago University
- Boitekanelo College
- Botho University
- Botswana Accountancy College
- Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership
- Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis
- Botswana International University of Science & Technology
- Botswana Institute for Technology, Research and Innovation
- Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Botswana-University of Pennsylvania Partnership
- University of Botswana
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.
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 the website linked here 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.