Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Burkina Faso aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Burkina Faso.
Fulbright grants will begin between August 2022 and March 2023, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou.
As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2022.
Prior research experience in the proposed grant field is highly preferred.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional information: French language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to integrate smoothly and communicate on a daily basis. Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project.
Fulbright Proposal Types
It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with an appropriate local institution. Applicants must identify appropriate institutions for their projects and include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications.
To arrange affiliation with the University of Ouagadougou, applicants should contact: "Le Vice-President, charge de la recherche et de la cooperation internationale." For affiliations with other educational, cultural, or social institutions, applicants should contact the heads of those institutions directly. Correspondence addressed either to the University or to other institutions may be routed through the U.S. Embassy.
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant
Fulbrighters are responsible for obtaining their own visas before leaving the U.S. Fulbrighters and their families should obtain visas at the Embassy of Burkina Faso in Washington, DC. For further information, consult the following website or email: info@VisaHQ.com.
Upon arrival, and before the entry visa expires, Fulbrighters must obtain a long-term visa (normally valid for renewable one-year periods) for the duration of their stay in Burkina Faso. The Fulbrighter will need two identical photographs for this visa, and they should bring these photographs in their carry-on luggage.
Applicants should send a letter and their resume or curriculum vitae (and French versions of both) to the Burkinabe Minister of Scientific Research and Innovation, through the Embassy of Burkina Faso in Washington D.C., stating the field, project, period of research, and areas of Burkina Faso that will be covered by the research. Copies of these documents should also be sent to the Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy-Ouagadougou, Department of State, 2440 Ouagadougou Place, Washington, DC 20521-2440.
Graduate-level candidates can teach courses at the University of Ouagadougou or any other private university in the country as a supplement to their research projects on a volunteer basis.
The security situation in Burkina Faso has changed dramatically over the last several years. Due to a fluid and rapidly changing security environment, the U.S. Embassy recommends that interested candidates consult the latest State Department guidance and Travel Advisories found by clicking here.