Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
Grant Length6-9 Months
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Ethiopia aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Ethiopia.
Applications in all fields will be considered. Those that match the U.S. Embassy's priority areas - peace and security, rule of law and governance, and economic growth - are particularly encouraged.
Fulbright grants will begin between August 2024 and March 2025, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa.
As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2024.
Ph.D. candidates who plan to conduct dissertation research are preferred. Master's- and Bachelor's-level candidates with extensive professional experience and/or study in the fields they wish to pursue and who present serious projects will also be considered. All candidates must be mature and able to carry out independent research projects in an often difficult environment.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: English is the medium of instruction at Ethiopian high schools and universities, and is sufficient for many research topics. Amharic or another local language may be essential for some types of research topics conducted outside of the capital city.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with an appropriate Ethiopian institution. Prospective grantees may reach out to the Cultural Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy for assistance with contacts in the academic community in Ethiopia and for country-specific information. The Embassy strongly recommends that affiliation be with public universities. It has become increasingly difficult for Fulbrighters affiliated with NGOs to obtain an Ethiopian residency permit.
Most research and study by foreign scholars in Ethiopia is undertaken through affiliation with a host university. Applications for affiliation may be obtained from the university's Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Requests and proposals for study may be submitted by mail to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies or the appropriate department of the host university, along with three copies of the application. Successful applicants are required to pay a registration fee of US$250 (or its equivalent in Ethiopian Birr) before beginning their research. Upon approval of the affiliation proposal, the student researcher will be notified by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Candidates should submit their applications at least three months before their intended arrival in Ethiopia. Processing of applications may take up to two months.
The Office of Research and Graduate Studies at Addis Ababa University may be able to offer affiliation to Fulbrighters unable to secure it with other Ethiopian universities.