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Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

9465-MC

Africa Regional Research Program

  • Multi-country
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sudan
  • Eswatini (Swaziland)
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Global
Africa, Sub-Saharan

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Award Details
Grant Activity

Conduct research in one or more Sub-Saharan African countries. The Africa Regional Research Program (ARRP) has two overall objectives: (1) to increase or develop new contacts and intellectual ties between U.S. and African communities and (2) to contribute to scholarship on Africa.  The most competitive proposals will be those that describe a significant and achievable research project and that demonstrate commitment to developing scholarly relationships with African faculty. Grantees are expected to give occasional lectures and seminars in consultation with host universities and U.S. Embassies and provide copies of their research findings to their host colleagues or institutions.

ARRP applications are accepted for countries in the region with active Fulbright U.S. Scholar programs, except South Africa. Research-only proposals for South Africa must be submitted separately under the South Africa awards. Those interested in conducting research in North Africa (Egypt and Morocco) should apply for the Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program.

Continuous Grant Period: If applying for one continuous grant period, applicants can propose to conduct research either in one country for three to nine months, or in two or three countries for five to nine months total. *Applicants proposing more than one country must propose to stay in each country for at least one month.

Flex Grant: The Flex option is available for scholars who require multiple visits to the host country or countries. Applicants should clearly indicate plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline. Host institution letters of invitation should also confirm the timeline proposed. Flex grant proposals must meet the following parameters:

  • Minimum length of the total grant is four months and the maximum is six months;
  • Minimum length for any grant segment is one month and the maximum is three months;
  • Applicants may propose only one, one-month segment;
  • Grant segments may be spread over two consecutive years.
In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.
Grant Length
See Grant Activity section for details.
Grant Dates

As early as August 2019; no later than January 2020. For Flex grants, the first grant segment must begin between August 2019 and January 2020. The final Flex segment must be completed no later than two years after the first segment begins.

Locations

For each proposed country, applicants must arrange affiliation and include a letter of invitation from an African university. If the institution you are interested in working with is not an African university, please contact IIE/CIES before requesting a letter of invitation.

Flex Option
Yes
Flex Description

The Flex option is available for scholars who require multiple visits to the host country or countries. Applicants should clearly indicate plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline. Host institution letters of invitation should also confirm the timeline proposed. Flex grant proposals must meet the following parameters:

  • Minimum length of the total grant is four months and the maximum is six months;
  • Minimum length for any grant segment is one month and the maximum is three months;
  • Applicants may propose only one, one-month segment;
  • Grant segments may be spread over two consecutive years.
Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines
Number of Grants
Up to 12 grants
Activity
Research
Category
Core (Regional Award, open to all levels of scholars, including early career)
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Application Deadline
Closed
Program Staff
May Anthony
Outreach and Recruitment Analyst
Phone: 
202-326-7701

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