Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Niger aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Niger.
Fulbright grants will begin between August 2022 and May 2023, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Niamey.
Grant length - 9 months.
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: French language proficiency is necessary, not only for the development of the proposed project, but also in order to settle in easily and communicate on a daily basis. Higher level proficiency may be necessary depending on the requirements of the proposed project. Hausa, Zarma, or other local languages of the area in which research will take place may also be useful.
Fulbright Proposal Types
It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure affiliation with an educational or research institution in Niger. It is strongly recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications.
Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant
Special Application Instructions
Candidates are required to provide a synopsis of their proposals in French (not to exceed one page in length) in addition to the two-page Statement of Grant Purpose, written in English. This synopsis will appear in the application after the Statement of Grant Purpose, and should be uploaded as a PDF document.
Fulbright grantees should be prepared to obtain a one-year, multi-entry visa from the Embassy of Niger in Washington, D.C. They should allow plenty of time for the visa process and use overnight mail as much as possible to expedite it. Fulbrighters should call the Embassy of Niger if the process seems to take longer than expected. If the visa does not cover the full stay, the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Niamey will provide letters attesting to the grantee's status in order to get an extension locally.
Depending on the field of research, a lengthy clearance process may be required by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. This is particularly the case regarding research with medical implications involving human subjects. The application for clearance may only be submitted after arrival in Niger, and issuance of the authorization can take 2 to 6 weeks. The Public Affairs Section is willing to assist with this, but candidates should recognize that securing local research clearance is ultimately their responsibility.
The security situation in Niger is fluid, so the U.S. Embassy provides advice on special security considerations. Travel to many areas outside of the capital city is currently restricted for U.S. government personnel. Research proposals should take into consideration the fact that it may be difficult to travel to certain areas of the country. Please view the latest Travel Warning for up-to-date information.