What is USA Fulbright Foreign Student Program Scholarship?
The Public Affairs Section of the United States Mission in Nigeria is happy to announce and invite applicants to apply now for 2022/2023 USA Fulbright Foreign Student Program academic year.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program (FFSP) is a research programme run by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York and funded by the US Department of State.
The Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States.
Consequently, the FFSP operates in more than 160 countries worldwide. Approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year.
Binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or US embassies manage the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. These offices handle all applications for the Foreign Student Program.
Purpose of USA Fulbright Foreign Student Program
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is primarily to increase African universities’ capacities through higher degree training and the development of their academic staff’s potential.
It aims at young and extremely promising academic members who want to pursue doctoral research in the United States.
Altogether, applicants must be at least two years into their doctoral program in any discipline at a Nigerian university or research institute at the time of application.
- The grant covers the grantee’s round-trip airfare to the U.S.
- A settling-in allowance, monthly stipend, housing allowance, books-and-supplies allowance, and computer allowance.
- Equally, the grant also covers basic university health insurance as a primary insurance coverage and the Fulbright ASPE health benefit as secondary coverage. Check International Students Health Insurance packages here.
On the other hand, the grant does not cover travel of dependents, hence recipient will not be able to travel with spouse and children to the United States.
How many Fulbright Program grants are given annually?
The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. To clarify, 2,000 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, over 800 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals.
Similarly, 400,000 “Fulbrighters” from over 160 countries have participated in the program since its inception in 1946.
Fulbright grants are available for a variety of disciplines and fields, including the performing and visual arts, the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology. Fulbright encourages applications from all fields, including interdisciplinary
Are Fulbright grants available for study and research in “third countries?”
No. Obviously, if you are a Nigerian citizen wishing to study in Norway, the Fulbright Program cannot fund your studies in Norway.
As a U.S. Government-sponsored program that operates on a binational basis with other countries, the Fulbright Program only funds non-U.S. citizens for study, research and teaching in the United States and U.S. citizens for study, research and teaching outside the United States.
Is there an age limit for applicants?
The Fulbright Program does not have age limits for participants.
To be eligible for a grant:
1. Applicants must be citizens of their country, or permanent residents holding a valid passport issued by the government of the country.
2. Applicants must be DOCTORAL OR PHD students who have completed a significant amount of their doctoral program in country’s universities and have the endorsement of their home institution.
Note: MASTERS and First-Degree applicants are NOT qualified to apply for this program.
3. Applicants must have an outstanding academic record and high level of English proficiency.
4. Applicants must take TOEFL exam and meet the minimum score of 90.
5. Applicants must have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program as scheduled and to returning home.
Only those applicants who submit solid applications explaining their reasons for doing the research in the United States will be eligible for interviews.
Preference will be given to applicants who have not studied in the U.S.
All applicants must fill out the application forms completely and attach their supporting documents online (3 academic and professional references, Curriculum Vitae, academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended and writing sample.)
Applicants should log onto the website, enter an e-mail address and create a password. Importantly, remember this password because it will be used throughout the application process.
Applicants are also advised to read the instructions preceding the application carefully and seek the assistance of senior colleagues who are Fulbright alumni before they fill out the forms.
A complete application includes:
- An online application which includes
- A clearly written research objective.
- Professional resume.
- Three letters of reference specifying the personal, academic and professional competence of the candidate (submitted electronically and attached to the online application).
- Student copy of academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended should be scanned and attached to the online application if available.
- TOEFL score report.
If you are from Nigeria, you can read more about Fulbright Scholarship here.
How to Apply for USA Fulbright Scholarship
The Fulbright Program’s application process is lengthy and rigorous, and prospective applicants are to consider carefully their intentions, goals, future plans and prospective projects before applying for a Fulbright grant.
Applicants for the Scholar and Teacher Exchange programs may also need to consider additional work-related issues (for instance, campus leave policies) before applying.
The competition for Fulbright Program grants is on merit. Eligibility criteria will vary by program and by country.
Academic qualifications, project feasibility, personal leadership abilities, and available grant monies are among the factors in selecting candidates.
Application procedures are based on an applicant’s country of citizenship or country of permanent residency.
Non-U.S. citizens with legal permanent residency status in the United States are not eligible for Fulbright grants.
You can Visit the Fulbright scholarship website here and find information about the Fulbright Program in your country, including eligibility requirements and application guideline.
USA Fulbright Scholarship Application Process
- US applicants apply either through their university or college or at-large to the cooperating agency responsible for the program in which they are interested.
- In addition, the cooperating agencies then recommend US applicants who have passed initial screening to the binational Fulbright Commissions or to the U.S. Embassies (in countries without a Commission) in the application country for their recommendation.
- In addition, Non-U.S. applicants (non-U.S. citizens) apply to either the Fulbright Commission in their country of citizenship or the U.S. Embassy in their country of citizenship (in countries where there is not a Fulbright Commission).
- In summary, the binational Fulbright Commissions and US Embassies recommend both US and non-US candidates to the J William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB). The FSB makes the final selections for candidates.