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7 February 2020
Call for Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2020

(Published - 7 February 2020}

Applications are currently open for the South Africa Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2021-2022 academic year, closing date for applications is April 20, 2020.

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).

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.


    • 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.

 For more information and application guidance about the Fulbright Foreign Student application:

Online application link:

Kim Williams  | Public Affairs Specialist

United States Consulate General | Cape Town, South Africa

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