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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply. All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student, you are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts. Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 


U.S. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through CIES.

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar or Student Program.


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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program in Zimbabwe aims to promote collaboration and robust research while strengthening educational and cultural relationships between the United States and Zimbabwe.  The program provides the opportunity for academically mature students to complete independent research projects in Zimbabwe through 9 months of grant support.


The program requires affiliation with a higher education institution in Zimbabwe, as well as a well-thought out research plan in line with Embassy priority areas which include STEM Innovation; Agricultural Innovation; Communications, Marketing and Journalism; Law and Human Rights; Creative Industry Development; Natural Resource Management; Environmental Policy and Climate Change; Public Health; and Higher Education Administration.


During their time in Zimbabwe, Fulbright U.S. students must interact with their Zimbabwean counterparts, share best practices, and forge and grow Zimbabwe’s nascent graduate research culture.  Grantees must report their project progress to the U.S. Embassy on a quarterly basis, and should consider themselves part of the ongoing U.S. Mission program.

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9 Months


Zimbabwean universities all run on the American semester system - August/September being the start of the new academic calendar.  Fulbright grants will begin between October 2022 and March 2023, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Harare.

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As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2022.

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Preference will be given to Ph.D. candidates conducting doctoral research who can work independently.

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 Although English is the official language, Shona, Ndebele or other local languages may be needed for research conducted in rural areas.

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Foreign researchers in Zimbabwe must conduct their research through an affiliation with a host university or research institution.  Candidates must therefore affiliate with local universities and research institutions and include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications.  The applicant must secure an affiliation with an appropriate institution in Zimbabwe.  The U.S. Embassy may advise candidates on institutions that match their research interests. 


Prospective host institutions include:


Africa University


Bindura University of Science Education  


Catholic University in Africa


Chinhoyi University of Technology


Great Zimbabwe University


Harare Institute of Technology


Lupane State University


Midlands State University


National University of Science & Technology


Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Center


University of Zimbabwe


Women’s University Africa  

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Most academic institutions may charge host affiliation fees.  Grantees planning to credit/audit courses need to check fees and student requirements directly with the institutions before they make financial commitments.

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Applicants must familiarize themselves with the Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ) requirements for foreign scholars as all researchers must obtain RCZ approval prior to conducting their research.


Successful applicants must apply for research clearance with the Research Council of Zimbabwe first before applying for the Temporary Employment Permit (TEP) with the Immigration Department.  Once the clearance has been granted, applicants should include the clearance certificate in the TEP application (US$500 each). Applicants should submit their applications for both clearances through the host institution at least three months before their intended arrival.  After completion of research, grantees must file their research findings with the RCZ.

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The Zimbabwean government has launched its Education 5.0 strategy and now actively seeks opportunities to broaden its engagement with international scholars.  The Education 5.0 initiative prioritizes innovation and industrialization in the three pillars of teaching, research, and community engagement on which all universities functioned.  The U.S. Embassy has also prioritized supporting U.S. Fulbrighters looking to collaborate with their Zimbabwean counterparts.

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