Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodAugust Start
Grant Length6-9 Months
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Ghana aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Ghana. In Ghana, this is a non-degree research program.
Applications with broad multiplier effects are particularly welcome as are projects that are conducive to candidates sharing their experiences and knowledge with colleagues, students and (ideally) the general public in Ghana and (upon return) in the United States.
Areas of special interest include Human Rights, Climate Change, Peace and Security, and Women’s Economic Empowerment.
Fulbright grantees are strongly encouraged to arrive in early August 2024. An in-country orientation is required and is typically held the third week of August.
There will likely be limited support from host institutions and the U.S. Embassy during the last two weeks of December 2024 and the first two weeks of January 2025.
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 is required and is typically held the third week of August.
Diversity in background and experiences is valued.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
English is the official language in Ghana. Study of local languages (e.g., Twi, Fanti, Ga, Dagbani, etc.) prior to arrival and while in-country is encouraged to promote deeper engagement with the community. Field researchers may need to coordinate with Ghanaian partner institutions for assistance in specific communities.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter recommended but not required at deadline
It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with a credible and suitable institution in Ghana. Candidates are strongly encouraged to identify a host institution for their project and to include an affiliation letter with their Fulbright application. Affiliation letters are carefully considered during the review process.
Grantees are responsible for their own housing arrangements. Applicants are encouraged to explore housing options with their host institution.
Grantees may need to go through an Institutional Review Board (IRB) process at their home institution and/or Ghanaian host institution if their research includes animal or human research subjects. Fees may be required.
In some cases, the affiliation letter with the host institution will serve as the required research clearance.
Applicants are encouraged to check the U.S. Department of State's Travel.State.Gov site for the latest travel advisory information during and after the application process.
Information on visas is available on the Embassy of Ghana website.