Fulbright South African Research Scholar Programme 2023 – 2024

Applications are now open for the Fulbright South African Research Scholar Programme for 2023 to 2024. Be sure to review the full details of the programme below should you be interested in applying.


Fulbright South African Research Scholar Programme 2023-2024

The Fulbright South African Research Scholar Programme is available to research institute professionals or university faculty members in the country through the South African government and the US Embassy. With funding coming from the Emory’s Halle Institute for Global Research, the scholarship enables its beneficiaries to conduct high-level research at a research or academic institution in the U.S. The research grant is applicable for a period of 3 to 9 months with the high-level research aimed at enhancing the beneficiaries’ academic programmes back home.

Scholarship coverage

  • Monthly stipend equivalent to prevailing cost of living at the research site
  • Qualified dependents accompanying the grantee will also receive a monthly stipend
  • Free airplane tickets for the grantee; one accompanying dependent gets round trip tickets for at least 80% of an 8 to 9-month grant
  • Allowance for excess baggage for return travel
  • Coverage for conference, seminar, and book expenses
  • Settling-in allowance
  • Medical insurance

Fulbright South African Research Scholar Programme 2023 - 2024

Who should apply?

While Fulbright’s SA Research Scholar Programme accepts applications from all disciplines without regard  to age or gender, research proposals involving patient contact will not be accepted by the programme. Furthermore, here are the minimum eligibility requirements of the scholarship programme:

  • Must be a South African citizen or holds a permanent residency status for at least five years; South African nationals who are dual citizens (SA/US) are ineligible
  • Preferably someone who has never been a Fulbright grantee
  • Applicants who have no or limited experience coming to the U.S. will be prioritized
  • Must possess a proven track record of gainful professional research and publications
  • A full-time faculty with a minimum of seven years in a teaching/scholar capacity after achieving PhD
  • Applications for general travel, post-doctoral research right after completing a doctorate degree, and PhD dissertation research are not covered by the grant
  • Sufficient fluency in the English language in order to successfully carry out projects and work with efficiently with colleagues. However, the US Embassy holds the authority to administer an English proficiency assessment
  • Must be in good health
  • Unsuccessful applicants from previous scholarship openings may reapply and should update their CV, acquire up-to-date letters of invitation or reference


What is the selection process?

The SARSP offers two award categories; one is the default grant, and the other is the Fulbright-Emory Distinguished Chair Scholar award. Applicants are to indicate their preferred award before submitting an application.

  • The Fulbright Selection Committee will review all applications and shortlist applicants to undergo a selection process
  • The selected candidate will be endorsed by the Committee to the Fulbright Foreign Services Board based in Washington, DC. Note that the nomination is not a guarantee for placement at a university in the US
  • The final placement decision rests on the Institute of International Education
  • Nominees who have been awarded their placement  are scheduled  to leave for the US as early as August 2023 but not later than March 2024

In addition to the basic eligibility requirements, a diverse and multi-discipline committee from the Halle Institute for Global Research will be evaluating applications based on these other equally important factors:

  • A strong application free from jargon and clearly indicates how a brief semester at Emory University will support disciplinary research and teaching with students and teachers in Emory University and South African institutions
  • How the research plan demonstrates the manner in which the applicant will utilize and maximize the grant


How do I apply?

If you’re eligible and would like to apply for the research grant, access the Organization’s application page, register your profile, and fill out the online application form. Also, make sure to prepare the following documents to be uploaded during the application process:

  • A well-written research proposal
  • Three (3) confidential letters of the conference (see guidelines below)
  • Letter of invitation coming from a host institution in the US (preferred, but not a strict requirement)
  • Applicants should not request affiliation from their alma mater

Application guidelines

Professional and academic information

  • CV/resume should not be more than six pages and must highlight your:
    • Educational background (qualifications completed and relevant dates, universities attended)
    • Professional positions held (previous and present)
    • Courses taught as well as services provided to the home institution and students
    • Full citations of publications listed starting from the most recent
    • Other professional interests e.g. workshop, seminars, and consultations
    • Activities and memberships in professional organizations
    • Community service
  • Academic record (within the online application process)
    • Highlight post-secondary institutions attended and acquired a qualification from listed in reverse chronological order including present enrollment, if any
    • Prepare copies of certificates for uploading
    • Organizational  affiliations (a maximum of four)
  • Letter of Support from home school attesting that your capability in taking part in a Fulbright scholarship
  • Mention overseas travel, particularly professional travel and living abroad for more than three months within the last six years

Project proposal

  • Your application must include a quick summary of your project proposal, not more than 700 characters.
  • Submit a detailed project statement in three to five pages (single-spaced) composed of no more than 3,500 words
  • Refrain from submitting general project statements on outstanding professional achievements
  • Provide a thorough explanation of your project proposal, including strategies for completion
  • The top of the first page of the project statement should your name, country, and project title. The top portion of every succeeding page should show your name and country.
  • Upload your documents in PDF format


Reference letters allow the selection committee to gain a deeper insight into who you are and thus, a very important aspect of your application. Moreover, it plays a critical role in the final selection criteria. Be sure that your referees are professional acquaintances who are aware of your capacity as a lecturer and/or researcher.

  • Have your referees’ name, title, and email address ready and register all three of them on the website so they can receive an invitation link to use for reference.
  • Pick your referees even before you start with the application process. This gives them enough leeway to accomplish their reference


As mentioned earlier, a scholarship grantee is eligible to take the legal spouse and unmarried children under 21 along to the U.S.  A monthly allowance will be available to cover the health insurance of the dependents and will be part of the monthly stipend. Airfare for only one dependent will be shouldered by Fulbright as well.

Note: This is allowance is applicable only if the dependents will accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the scholarship period. If the 80% rule is not met, the grantee will shoulder any other costs of his/her dependents such as airfare, living expenses, health insurance, and any uncovered medical bills. The allowance for the dependent is insufficient to support a family, so be sure to allot funds in this regard.

Once ready, click on the link below to start the application process.

Apply online for the Fulbright South African Research Scholar Programme.


Application Deadline?

The deadline for submission of applications is on 01 May 2022.


Contact Information

For enquiries, send an email to Fulbright Programme at  fpsa@state.gov.

Communications other than enquiries about the Fulbright Programme will not be entertained.

Click the link to view a PDF copy of the Fulbright South African Research Scholar Programme 2023-2024 advert.

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