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2025-26 FULBRIGHT AFRICAN RESEARCH SCHOLAR PROGRAM (ARSP)
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February 6, 2024

U.S. Embassy Banjul invites scholars to apply for the 2025-26 Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP).

Deadline: July 1, 2024

Apply: https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2025

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

Two categories of grants are offered in the ARSP:  Research Grants and Program and Curriculum Development Grants.  

Research Grants:

Awards of 3 to 9 months are offered for African 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 2025 and no later than March 2026. Applicants must hold a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in their fields at the time of application. Post doctoral research will not be supported under the research grant. Preference will be given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.

Program and Curriculum Development Grants:

Awards of 3 to 5 months are offered for African university faculty or administrators to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution beginning no earlier than August 2025 and no later than March 2026. 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 at the time of application.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON ELIGIBILITY: 

  1. The ARSP is open to scholars in all disciplines and without regard to gender or age; however, proposals for clinical medical research involving patient contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.
  2. Applicants must be citizens of the country from which they apply, or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid passport issued by that country.
  3. Applicants for research grants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent terminal degree in their fields at the time of application. Preference is given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.
  4. Applicants without doctorate degrees but who hold a master’s or equivalent graduate degree are eligible in the program and curriculum development category.
  5. Applications for doctoral dissertation research, postdoctoral research immediately following the completion of a doctorate degree, or general professional travel, are ineligible.
  6. Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright scholar grant.
  7. Preference will be given to candidates who have had no experience or limited experience in the United States. Please confirm that a nominated candidate is not scheduled to be in the United States on another academic program immediately before the proposed start of the Fulbright grant.
  8. Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in English to carry out their research projects and collaborate effectively with colleagues. TOEFL exams are not required.
  9. Applicants must be in good health. Successful candidates will be asked to submit a Medical History and Examination Report.
  10. Scholars who were unsuccessful in previous competitions may re-apply.  Repeat applicants should revise their proposals, update curriculum vitae, and obtain current letters of reference.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON APPLICATIONS:

  1. If placement assistance is expected, it is critical that applicants provide a detailed project statement that clearly outlines their research objectives and addresses why their research needs to take place in the United States. The project statement details will be referenced to help facilitate the placement process.
  2. Scholars must indicate the grant category for which they are applying (research or program and

curriculum development).  IIE will assign scholars who do not indicate a preference to an appropriate category.

  1. Each application must include three letters of reference.
  2. Letters of invitation are strongly encouraged but not required.  Applicants are discouraged from requesting affiliation with an alma mater.  IIE will honor institutional affiliation preferences as far as possible.  Applicants unfamiliar with U.S. institutions may request that IIE identify suitable placements. Please be advised that placement assistance often requires additional time and may delay the initial anticipated start date.
  3. Laboratory fees are not part of the standard benefits package for the ARSP and are awarded on a limited, case-by-case basis, and only if funding is available. Applicants with letters of invitation indicating potential laboratory fees should be encouraged to seek supplemental funding.