Fulbright African Research Scholar Program, 2020-2021 Academic Year (for Nigerians)

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Apply for the Fulbright African Research Scholar Program in Nigeria for the 2020/2021 academic year. This program funded by the United States Department of State is available for the senior faculty members from Nigerian universities to conduct research at U.S. institutions for a minimum of three months and a maximum of nine months.

The Fulbright African Research Scholar Program offers two categories of grants: research grants and program and curriculum development grants.

  1. Research Grants:

Awards of 3 to 9 months are offered under the research grants for Nigerian university faculty or research institute professionals to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution beginning no earlier than August 2020 and no later than March 2021.  Applicants must hold a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in their fields.  Preference will be given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.

2. Program and Curriculum Development Grants:

Awards of 3 to 5 months are offered under program and curriculum development grants for Nigerian university faculty or administrators to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution beginning no earlier than August 2020 and no later than March 2021.  Proposals should be linked to professional duties and demonstrate how the scholar will use the knowledge gained to develop new courses, curricula, or other academic programs at the home institution. These grants are designed for university faculty or administrators with less experience and who may not have had recent access to research or instructional developments in their disciplines. A doctorate degree is not required, but applicants must hold a minimum of a master’s or equivalent graduate degree.

Benefits

The award covers the candidate’s

  • J-1 visa,
  • round trip airfare to the U.S.,
  • a settling-in allowance,
  • professional allowance,
  • monthly stipend,
  • housing allowance,
  • books-and-supplies allowance, and
  • computer allowance.
  • It will also cover basic university health insurance as primary insurance coverage and the Fulbright ASPE health benefit as secondary coverage and travel of one dependent if he/she will stay with the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period and the dependent allowance.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a citizen of Nigeria
  • Researchers in any field or subject can apply
  • The grant is open to claimants who must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent terminal degree in their fields and have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.
  • Applicants without doctorate degrees but holding a master’s or equivalent graduate degree are eligible in the program and curriculum development category. They should have no or limited experience in the U.S.
  • Applicants must be in good health.
  • Although TOEFL exams are not required, applicants must have sufficient proficiency in English to carry out their research projects and collaborate effectively with colleagues.

Applications must be completed online at https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2020  Applicant should click on “create an account” to start a new application.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Fulbright alumni for guidance with the application process, if possible. This article is also helpful The Fulbright Program for Scholars – Everything you need to know!

Should you have questions regarding this program, please send an email to[email protected]

Application Deadline: June 1, 2019

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