Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFlexible Start
Grant Length6-9 Months
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 (up to) 9 months of grant support.
The program requires affiliation with a higher education or research institution in Zimbabwe, as well as a well-thought out research plan in line with U.S. 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 are expected to interact with their Zimbabwean counterparts, share best practices, and help 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. Embassy program.
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 2024 and March 2025, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe.
As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2024.
Preference will be given to Ph.D. candidates conducting doctoral research who can work independently.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Although English is the official language, Shona, Ndebele or other local languages may be needed for research conducted in rural areas.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
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 U.S. Embassy may advise candidates on institutions that match their research interests.
Some prospective host institutions include:
Most academic institutions may charge host affiliation fees. Grantees planning to take courses should therefore ask their host institutions about fees and similar requirements before making any financial commitments.
The U.S. Embassy recommends off-campus housing and will support the search process.
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 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 completing their research, grantees must file their research findings with the RCZ.