Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
Grant Length6-9 Months
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Malawi aims to promote collaboration and robust research while strengthening educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Malawi. The program provides the opportunity for academically mature students to complete independent research projects in Malawi through (up to) 9 months of grant support.
The program requires students to be affiliated with an accredited Malawian higher education institution and have their research aligned with the U.S. Embassy's Integrated Country Strategy, which includes: promoting good governance and rule of law, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, and developing Malawi's human capital.
During their time in Malawi, Fulbright U.S. students will be expected to interact with their Malawian counterparts, and share best practices and resources. They should also report their project progress to the U.S. Embassy.
There is no standard academic calendar for Malawian universities. Fulbright grants will begin between October 2024 and March 2025, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Malawi.
As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2024. Upon arrival, Fulbrighters will receive an in-country orientation and a security briefing.
Preference will be given to candidates showing expertise in their field, prior contact with the host institution, and the ability to work independently.
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
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Fulbright students must affiliate with accredited academic institutions. A list of potential host institutions is available on the National Council for Higher Education website. Upon request, the U.S. Embassy may advise candidates on institutions that match their research interests.
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.
Applicants must familiarize themselves with the country’s research requirements for foreign scholars as clearance may be required for some research projects.
Successful applicants must contact the National Commission for Science and Technology to determine whether they'll need to apply for research clearance, and gauge if their proposal fits the ethics criteria for conducting research in Malawi. The research clearance application, together with complete biographical information, must be submitted early enough to reach the appropriate research coordinator at least six months before the date the Fulbrighter intends to start their project.