Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Malawi aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Malawi.
Fulbright grants will begin between October 2022 and March 2023, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe. Candidates seeking affiliation with the University of Malawi may want to check in with their contacts at that institution on a periodic basis, as it currently has no defined calendar.
As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2022.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Although English is the official language, knowledge of the local language where one will be researching is an added advantage.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Fulbright students may affiliate with the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi or Mzuzu University, the Catholic University, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), the University of Livingstonia, Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), various Malawian government ministries, the Centre for Educational Research, or the Centre for Social Research. However, candidates are strongly encouraged not to pay any affiliation fees until they are formally offered a Fulbright award.
The National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST) promotes and coordinates all research activities at the national level and ensures that research projects are geared toward national development needs and goals. Some of the regulatory requirements and guidelines can be found on the NCST website, or via email to its Director General.
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant
An application for research clearance, together with complete biographical information, must be submitted early enough to reach the appropriate research coordinator at least six months before the date the applicant intends to conduct the research. Special permits might be required when conducting HIV/AIDS research. This permission is obtained through a special committee.
Applied research receives priority over purely academic research. Preference is given to research that will directly benefit Malawi and to projects that involve local people and institutions as a way to build local capacity in research. Applicants should indicate how their research will directly benefit Malawi and involve local people and institutions.