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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply. All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts. Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

FPA

U.S. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through CIES.

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar or Student Program.

Malawi

Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
Flexible Start
Award Profile

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Malawi aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Malawi. 

Grant Period
Flexible Start

9 Months

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.

Orientation
Pre-Departure Orientation

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
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

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
Independent Study/Research: Yes
Graduate Degree Enrollment: No
Affiliation
Letter recommended at deadline

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.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Tuition not covered in grant benefits
Eligibility

Dual citizens of this country are eligible

Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant

Research Clearance

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.

General Comments

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.

Dependents
Dependent support is available
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact