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J. William Fulbright Program

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The Fulbright Program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research for U.S. citizens to go abroad and non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States - Several programs are currently open for application.

The primary goal of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of South Africa through educational exchanges.

Since 1953, more than 1,500 South Africans and Americans have participated in the Fulbright exchange program. For more than 60 years, the Fulbright program in South Africa has produced exceptional leaders, many having come from the disadvantaged communities of the apartheid era who today are in prominent positions in government, parliament, educational institutions and the non-profit and private sectors.

The Public Affairs Office of U.S. Mission in South Africa administers several programs for both American and South African citizens to whom grants are given for research, teaching, curriculum development, and Master’s and Doctoral studies in a wide variety of fields. The Fulbright Program offers invaluable opportunities for intellectual, professional, and artistic growth. It also enables grantees to meet and work not only with people of the host countries, South Africa and the United States, but also with nationals from around the world in classrooms, libraries and social environments.

The primary source of funding of the Fulbright scholarships to and from South Africa comes from the U.S. Government. Higher education and research institutions in South Africa and the United States support the exchange program through shared costs or non-monetary contributions. 

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Open For Application

  • Opportunity for South Africans to Teach isiZulu in the United States
    Apply to teach the isiZulu language as a teaching assistant at universities in the United States through the Fulbright Foreign Teaching Language (FTLA) Program. The FLTA is a nine-month fully funded, non-degree program for early career English teachers. 
  • TechWomen

    Applications are now open for the State Department's Techwomen program. Ideal participants in this program will be female emerging leaders and entrepreneurs working in science, technology, engineering and math, with at least a few years of work experience.

    Interested applicants should visit the TechWomen website. Finalists will be matched with mentors in the US, and will travel to the US for about five weeks in late September / October 2015.

  • Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership

    The Fortune / US Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Program pairs emerging women business leaders from around the world with female executives from the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. The 2015 program, in New York City and Washington, DC, includes a four-day orientation and leadership and skills training component, a two-week mentorship assignment, and a two-day communications training and debriefing.

    Applications are due January 4, 2015.

  • Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)

    PEER is a competitive grants program that invites scientists in developing countries, partnered with USG-supported collaborators, to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics with strong potential development impacts.

  • Fulbright Foreign Student Program

    This program offers grants to pursue academic courses, for credit, at post-graduate level, or to engage in research or projects supervised by an approved institution, or to do coursework for non-degree purposes.

  • E-Teacher Program

    The E-Teacher Scholarship Program offers online, university-level classes to English teaching professionals outside of the United States through a U.S. university partner.
    Application form »

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