Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

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Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Africa, Sub-Saharan


Award Details
Award Activity

Fulbright U.S. Scholars teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses typically in agreement with the head of the department. The number of classes could range from one to three per semester. Faculty should be flexible in terms of which courses to teach. Depending on the needs of the department, scholars may be asked to advise masters or doctoral students. Host departments may also seek assistance with curriculum development and/or faculty training. This is a great opportunity to share knowledge, expertise, and identify joint research opportunities. 

Scholars selected for this award will be required to:
  • Advise and/or mentor students
  • Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
  • Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
  • Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
  • Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Award Length
6 - 10 months
Award Dates

Fulbright U.S. Scholars may work with a department for one semester or an academic year. Most academic years begin in mid to late August and end in May. The first semester ends in December. The second semester spans from mid-January - May (exact dates per institution may vary and are subject to change).

  • Academic year:  August – May
  • First Semester:  August – December
  • Second Semester:  January – May

Accredited public/government universities are suitable to teach and conduct research as well as some private tertiary institutions. While public and private institutions cover a range of disciplines, some colleges and universities are known to specialize in particular areas e.g., teacher training, fisheries, crop science, tourism, computer science, etc. Websites of colleges or universities provide a good indication of institutions’ areas of specialization.

See the helpful links section in the “Award Requirements” tab for a shortlist of institutions (the list is not exhaustive). Conducting searches for public/government universities in Ghana will provide a list of major universities throughout the country. Institutions with the title “University College” are typically accredited institutions and may be suitable hosts. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Accra reserves the right to recommend alternate placements.

Below is a short list of private institutions that may be considered:

  • Knutsford University College
  • Ashesi University
  • Valley View University
Flex Option
Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all disciplines
Special Features

Modest housing is typically provided on campus by the host institution. In some instances, scholars and their accompanying family members reside off-campus. Scholars residing on campus would be provided with a maintenance allowance to assist with refurbishments if needed. When housing is provided, monthly allowances are adjusted accordingly.

Application Deadline
Activity Type

Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.

Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.

Mid-Career Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.

Senior Academics

Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of Recipients
Approximately 5
Program Staff
Kimberly Williams
Outreach and Recruitment Officer

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