Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
Grant Length6-9 Months
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Mauritius aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Mauritius.
Preference is given to projects that directly support Mauritius and/or enhance Mauritian-U.S. relations. Proposals in the following subject areas are encouraged: gender-based violence and gender equality, environmental studies, marine sciences, oceanography, and various aspects of financial technology (e.g., artificial intelligence, blockchain, eCommerce, and transparency in the financial sector).
Fulbright grants will begin between August 2024 and January 2025, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis. If affiliated with the University of Mauritius or any other higher education institution, grantees should know that semester dates are August - December and January - May.
As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2024.
In the weeks preceding their arrival in Mauritius, each grantee should schedule with the Embassy the time and date of their check-in and security briefing - which should ideally take place within their first three days in the country.
Ph.D. candidates who plan to conduct dissertation research and Master's candidates are preferred. Bachelor's-level candidates who present serious projects will also be considered.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
English is the official national language, principal language of instruction, and the only language needed for research on most contemporary topics. However, a working knowledge of French is useful-- and, in fact, essential to conduct historical research. Creole is useful for field studies. Creole classes are available in-country for foreigners. The U.S. Embassy in Mauritius can refer grantees to a few institutions/teachers prior to their arrival.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter recommended but not required at deadline
It is the applicant's responsibility to secure affiliation with an appropriate host institution. It is strongly recommended that they identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. Candidates with an academic affiliation should contact the Dean of the Faculty at that institution to obtain clearance and/or clarification of the specific research area. While candidates may be able to take university classes, independent research should be the primary grant activity.
If seeking affiliation with the University of Mauritius, applicants should know that this institution has expressed its wish to welcome more Ph.D. candidates to support its expansion both in terms of the number of students and also of the courses offered. This is also true for other tertiary institutions, including, but not limited to: the Open University of Mauritius; the University of Technology, Mauritius; and Curtin Mauritius and Middlesex University (both are private universities).