Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2020/2021 Scholarships for young South Africans

The South African Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides grants for South African university graduates to pursue post-graduate studies at a United States university in any subject (excludes MBA and studies that require contact with patients).

 

Application Deadline: March 31st 2020

The following opportunities are available:

  • South African PhD students enrolled with a South African University may apply to conduct one year’s research at a U.S. University as a Visiting Student Researcher.
  • Post-graduate students may apply for scholarships towards Master’s or Doctorate degrees. Scholarships are awarded for two years towards one degree – Master’s or Doctorate (renewable each year).

Students are selected through a rigorous application and interview process and receive a high level of support ranging from visa processing and health insurance to a comprehensive pre-departure orientation and re-entry session.

Eligibility

  • Be a South African citizen OR a permanent resident with a minimum of 5 years of permanent residency status in South Africa (Please note: S.A. nationals with dual citizenship from the U.S. are not eligible for the program)
  • For Non-Degree (Visiting Student Researcher) studies: Must be registered for a PhD with a South African university
  • Have a four-year bachelor’s degree, or a three-year bachelor’s degree plus honors year, or a four-year B-Tech degree when applying for Master’s
  • Have a Master’s degree when applying for a Doctoral degree
  • What do we look for in our applicants?
    • Academic excellence
    • Required scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for each specific field of study
    • Clearly written study objectives
    • Demonstrable interpersonal skills with evidence of cultural sensitivity and a genuine desire to learn more about the United States and share with American citizens aspects of South African culture
    • Experience and interest in extracurricular and community activities
    • Evidence of leadership potential
    • A desire to further the Fulbright Program and give back to your home country upon returning
    • The Selection Committee and the Interview Panel will also be looking for clear reasons for selecting your U.S. university preferences. The Fulbright Program expects candidates to conduct a thorough university search and to identify institutions which are a strong fit for their academic, personal and professional goals.

Benefits

  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree: 2 years of funding towards one degree.  For Doctoral degrees, at least 2-3 years of study are required beyond the initial two years.  Doctoral candidates need to secure their own personal or other funding to continue studying in the United States.
  • Non-Degree: Participation in a visiting research program for one academic year (9-10 months).
  • Fully funded awards generally cover the following, but can vary according to each grantee’s program:
    • Travel allowance and transportation from South Africa to the authorized U.S. destination
    • Health benefits
    • Settling in allowance upon arrival in the U.S.
    • Monthly maintenance allowance (to cover living expenses)
    • Tuition and fees
    • Book and computer allowance
    • J-1 visa sponsorship

For more information on the Fulbright Program visit: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2021

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