Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
Grant Length6-9 Months
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in South Africa aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and South Africa.
The U.S. Embassy in South Africa supports a balanced countrywide distribution of grants. Priority consideration will therefore be given to proposals involving affiliation with previously disadvantaged host institutions and to those seeking affiliations beyond heavily-subscribed institutions, dependent on the field of study. Institutions in the Western Cape Province are often heavily subscribed, so applying for opportunities in the more rural provinces may make an application more competitive.
Fulbright grants start between August 2024 and March 2025, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria.
As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2024.
Priority will be given to candidates who are currently enrolled in Master's and PhD programs.
Students working in areas that strongly align with the current Integrated Country Strategy for South Africa will be given priority. For more information, see: https://www.state.gov/integrated-country-strategies/ .
U.S. citizens are eligible. Dual citizens of South Africa are ineligible. Students who have not resided in South Africa in the year prior to their grant start date will be given priority.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider whether a language other than English will be necessary for the successful completion of their projects.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Applicants must identify an educational institution, research facility, or other appropriate institution for their projects. They are required to include affiliation letters and/or research clearance letters with their applications. Affiliation is possible at any of the 26 universities in South Africa. Affiliation with other public or private institutions will also be considered. Applicants are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy’s Fulbright Office if they have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fulbright Grantees are responsible for finding their own housing and transport. Unfortunately, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates do not have sufficient staffing resources to assist in securing housing for Fulbright grantees. Grantees must arrange at least temporary housing prior to arrival in South Africa. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates can provide advice/guidance when necessary.