Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship Program 2021 | Fully Funded

Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship Program for the 2021/2022 academic year is announced for applications by the Public Affairs Section of U.S. Mission Nigeria. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a research program funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York.

Purpose: The FFSP program is designed primarily to strengthen the capacities of African universities through higher degree training and to develop the potential of their academic staff.  It is targeted at young and exceptionally promising faculty members who wish to conduct their doctoral research in the United States.   Applicants must be at least two years into their doctoral program in any discipline at a Nigerian university or research institute at the time of application.

Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship Details

Eligible Group: International Students

Degree Level: Ph.D. students

Country: USA

Scholarship Worth

The grant covers;

  • the grantee’s round-trip airfare to the U.S.,
  • a settling-in allowance,
  • monthly stipend,
  • housing allowance,
  • books-and-supplies allowance,
  • computer allowance,
  • basic university health insurance as primary insurance coverage and
  • the Fulbright ASPE health benefit as secondary coverage.

Fields of Study:

Competition is open for the following study fields:

  • Science,
  • engineering,
  • technology
  • arts,
  • journalism/public relations/media studies,
  • agriculture/food science,
  • economics,
  • environmental science,
  • international relations,
  • political science,
  • public administration/policy,
  • public health, and
  • tourism.

Fulbright Scholarship Requirements:

To be eligible for a grant:

  1. Applicants must be citizens or nationals of Nigeria, or permanent residents holding a valid passport issued by the government of Nigeria.
  2. Applicants must be DOCTORAL OR Ph.D. students who have completed a significant amount of their doctoral program in Nigerian universities and have the endorsement of their home institution.
    Note: MASTERS and First-Degree applicants are NOT qualified to apply for this program.
  3. Applicants must have an outstanding academic record and a high level of English proficiency.
  4. Applicants must take their first TOEFL exam by May 2020.
  5. Applicants must meet the minimum score on required standardized tests (TOEFL: a score of 90)
  6. Applicants must have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program as scheduled and to returning home.
  7. Only applicants with strong proposals, outlining their research objectives, methodology, time-frame, and justification for conducting the research in the U.S. will be short-listed for interviews.
  8. Preference will be given to applicants who have not studied in the U.S.
  9. Those in business, law, and accounting should understand that most U.S. institutions rarely accept research students in these fields due to the high demand for full-time programs and tuition concerns. Therefore, we face great challenges in finding placements for such grantees unless their proposals are tilted toward economics, development-related areas, democracy, human rights, and conflict resolution.

 Supporting documents 

  • A clearly written research objective
  • 3 academic and professional references,
  • Curriculum Vitae,
  • academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended and writing sample
  • TOEFL score report

Fulbright Application

Applicants should log onto the website, enter an e-mail address, and create a password.  Please remember this password because it will be used throughout the application process.

Note: All  FFSP program applicants should select “Visiting Researcher “or “non-degree” as their degree objective in their applications.

Application Closes: June 1 

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