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31 August 2018
Academic Staff - The Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar Program Applications OPEN

(Published - 31 August 2018)

The Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar Program  is an opportunity for a South African University Faculty or Research Institute Professionals to conduct research in their field of expertise at a U.S. Academic or Research Institution for a period of 3 to 9 months.  A research grant enables the scholar to perform high-level research at a U.S. educational institution, aimed at strengthening academic programs or curricula at his/her home institution.  Applicants need to have a proven track record of productive scholarly research, and publications.

Applications are open and close October 1, 2018

Research grants commence no earlier than August 2019 and no later than March 2020.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be South African citizens or permanent resident.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree or equivalent professional/terminal degree in their field.  Preference is given to individuals who have extensive university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.
  • Applicants may be affiliated with local universities, research institutes, or other institutions that have educational and/or research objectives.
  • Applications for doctoral dissertation research, post-doctoral research immediately following the completion of a doctorate degree, or general professional travel, are ineligible.
  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the English language to carry out the project required.  TOEFL exams are not required.  English Language Proficiency may be tested by Fulbright Offices.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright Scholar Grant.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have had no experience or only limited experience in the U.S.
  • Scholars must be in good health.  Successful candidates will be asked to submit a Medical History and Examination Report.
  • 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.

How to Apply

A completed application should:

  • Be submitted online only by October 1, 2018. No part can be submitted by post or email.
  • Include fully-completed online application information with all the uploaded documents including a detailed CV.
  • Include a well written research proposal with easily explained methodology that can be understood by a general reviewing committee as well.
  • Include three confidential letters of reference. These letters must be uploaded by your referees through the online application system on Embark. (Guidelines on how to register your referees are on Embark).  We will not accept any documents or letters of reference via email or post.
  • A Letter of Invitation from a U.S. host institution is strongly encouraged but not required.
  • Applicants are discouraged from requesting affiliation with an alma mater. CIES will honor institutional affiliation preferences as far as possible.  Applicants unfamiliar with U.S. institutions may request that CIES identify suitable placements.
  • Applicants should note that laboratory fees are not part of the standard benefits package for the African Research Scholar Program and are awarded on a limited, case-by-case basis, and only if funding is available.

What does a Grant Include:

  • Monthly stipend based on the cost of living at the research site.
  • Monthly dependent allowance for accompanying dependents.
  • Round trip airfare for the grantee.
  • Round trip airfare for one dependent accompanying the grantee for a minimum period of 80% on a nine month grant.
  • Excess baggage allowance for return travel.
  • Professional allowance for books, conferences, and seminars.
  • Settling-in allowance.
  • Primary medical insurance coverage for the grantee.

Contact your nearest Fulbright Office with questions that are not answered online:

Cape Town: