Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
Grant Length6-9 Months
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Eswatini aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Eswatini. U.S. Fulbright students in this country will benefit from a rich cultural experience as Eswatini, though small with a population of 1.3 million people, has strong traditional practices.
Eswatini is the world's last absolute monarchy - a fact which presents some unique challenges and opportunities. It is also landlocked by South Africa and Mozambique, and influences from both countries (especially South Africa) will be evident.
The University of Eswatini (the affiliate for most U.S. Fulbrighters) has three campuses: one in the capital city and two in peri-urban areas with vibrant student communities nearby. Most of the other possible host institutions are also located in the country's urban areas.
The Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy in Mbabane welcomes projects involving fieldwork and research in a variety of subject areas, including: science and technology, environmental studies, economics/economic development, public health (especially HIV/AIDS), human rights, and the arts.
Fulbright grants will begin between August 2024 and March 2025, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Mbabane.
As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2024.
An in-country orientation will be provided upon arrival for all grantees. This security briefing will be available courtesy of the Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy, and is designed to give grantees the security context of the country overall (and the areas in which they will live and work, more specifically.)
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Although English is the official language, siSwati may be needed for research conducted in rural areas.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter recommended but not required at deadline
It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure affiliation with an educational or research institution. It is strongly recommended that candidates identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications.
The University of Eswatini (UNESWA), Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU), and Limkokwing University of Technology can host Fulbright grantees in a variety of fields including, but not limited to: agriculture, business, environmental studies, health, media studies, social sciences, and technology. Other institutions that may be considered include the Baylor Foundation Eswatini, the Yebo! Art Gallery and Design Studio, as well as the National Emergency Response Council for HIV/AIDS (NERCHA).