Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
Grant Length6-9 Months
Proposals to conduct research and/or study in Tanzania, as part of the candidate's current graduate program, will be considered. Affiliation with a higher education institution is central to this type of project, as is the presentation of a well-thought-out research plan. All applicants are required to demonstrate the relevance of their projects to the Tanzania Fulbright Program's mandate, which is to enhance mutual understanding between the United States and Tanzania.
Fulbright grants will begin between September 2023 and March 2024, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam.
As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2023.
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania is seeking applicants who demonstrate:
- Rigor in scholarly enquiry and academic excellence
- Strong reasons for wishing to pursue the proposed project in Tanzania
- A desire to gain a better understanding of the peoples and cultures of their host country
- Commitment to the community through volunteer and extra-curricular activities
- Flexibility and dynamism necessary for active involvement in the host country
Candidates must be enrolled in a doctoral program at the time their grant period begins.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Swahili language proficiency is not a requirement in the selection process. However, applicants should include plans for studying the language if selected, since Swahili language abilities will greatly enhance the Fulbright experience and will promote deeper engagement with the host community. Other indigenous languages may be useful or necessary for certain projects, especially outside of urban areas.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter recommended but not required at deadline
The role of the affiliation in the U.S. Student Program is to provide ongoing and substantive oversight and support for the grantee's project. Grantees will be required to have affiliations with accredited academic or research institutions in Tanzania. Therefore, applicants must initiate contact with the host institution of preference and obtain a formal letter of invitation or affiliation. In addition to indicating the nature of the affiliation between the applicant and the host institution (e.g., auditing classes, access to facilities or resources, collaboration with an ongoing project, etc.), the letter should state that a host contact will be available during the grant year to mentor the applicant and/or supervise the applicant's work on the proposed project. It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure affiliation with a higher education institution. It is not possible for a grantee to obtain research clearance from the Commission of Science and Technology (COSTECH) if the grantee does not have affiliation with a local higher education institution. Affiliation is also needed for obtaining the long-term visa and residency permit required of foreign researchers in Tanzania.
It is the Fulbright grantee's responsibility to inquire and confirm about affiliation fees with their selected host institution.
The host institution will not provide housing but may assist grantees in locating nearby and appropriate housing. Grantees are also welcome to arrange their own private housing.
Research Clearance for Mainland Tanzania
Information on visas and residency permits is available on the Tanzania immigration website. The Tanzania Commision for Science and Technology (COSTECH) issues research permits. It is important to note that a long-term stay visa and residency permits will not be approved for students who do not have a research permit. Detailed information on the research permit application is available here.
After arrival in Tanzania, field researchers should allow for a flexible schedule for a month to process COSTECH and immigration documents in case additional documents are needed, or other clearances are required, depending on the research topic. Again, students must work closely with their host institutions to assist them in processing these documents. For example, researchers in forestry, wildlife, medicine, or those with projects involving minors, patients, or animals, may need additional clearances from other agencies. Researchers are advised to apply for clearance early and ask COSTECH whether there is a possibility they will require other clearances.