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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

  • Fulbright U. S. Specialist Program

    The Fulbright Specialist Program is for short-term Fulbright grants to host U.S. Faculty and professionals to collaborate with South African counterparts on Curriculum and faculty development, institutional planning, teaching or short-term activities.  Applications to be submitted by the South African host institution.  

  • South African Visiting Scholar or Researcher Program

    This program provides grants to conduct independent postdoctoral research at a U.S. academic institution.

  • 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. 

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