Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
Grant Length6-9 Months
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Uganda aims to strengthen educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Uganda.
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kampala manages a small but vibrant Fulbright program that welcomes applications in a wide range of fields, including: area, ethnic, culture and gender studies; natural resources and conservation; the visual and performing arts; and the biological and biomedical sciences. Projects that support mission programs in health and education, as well as inclusive public institutions, and economic growth through improved access to domestic and international markets, strengthening democracy are especially encouraged.
Grants will begin between August 2023 and March 2024, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Kampala.
As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2023.
Candidates should be self-motivated, flexible and adaptable. They should be ready to embrace a different culture from the one to which they are accustomed.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Additional Information: Although English is the official language, knowledge of the local language where one will be conducting research is advantageous.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter recommended but not required at deadline
It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure affiliation with an established university department, research facility, non-governmental organization, or other appropriate institution. It is strongly recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications.
Some institutions, such as the Makerere Institute for Social Research (MISR) and the Center for Basic Research (CBR), universities departments or organizations may require an affiliation fee. However, applicants should not pay this fee until they are formally offered a Fulbright award.
Grantees are responsible for making their own long-term housing arrangements. It is recommended that they request housing advice from their affiliate organizations.
Rebel and bandit activity in the areas along the Sudanese border in northern Uganda and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) along the western border have in a few instances made these areas unstable and insecure. Caution should be exercised when carrying out research near these borders. For the latest security information, please review the State Department’s website, where the current travel warnings, travel alerts, and worldwide caution can be found.
The Uganda National Council of Science and Technology (UNCST) should approve all research projects, but candidates should not pay any fees until they are formally offered a Fulbright award. Candidates with projects involving human subjects may need to secure multiple ethical clearances.
Medical facilities in Uganda, including in Kampala, are limited and not equipped to handle most emergencies, especially those requiring surgery. Outside of Kampala, hospitals are scarce and offer only basic services. Equipment and medicines are often in short supply or unavailable. Researchers should carry their own supplies of prescription drugs and preventive medicines.
Malaria is prevalent in Uganda. For additional information on malaria, including protective measures, see the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Travelers Health website. Guidance on vaccinations and other health precautions may also be obtained from the CDC’s website. For information on outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website. Further health details are available here.