Fulbright African Research Scholar (ARSP)
This program, funded by the United States Department of State and administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), offers senior faculty members from Ghanaian universities, the opportunity to conduct research at U.S. institutions for a minimum of three (3) months and a maximum of nine (9) months. The selection process and final award of grants are extremely competitive.
The Fulbright African Research Scholar Program offers two categories of grants: Research grants and program and curriculum development grants.
Awards of 3 to 9 months are offered for African university faculty or research institute professionals to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution beginning no earlier than August 2019 and no later than March 2020. Applicants must hold a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in their fields. Preference will be given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record. Applicants must hold a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in their fields to be eligible for research grants.
Program and Curriculum Development Grants:
Awards of 3 to 5 months are offered for African university faculty or administrators to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution beginning no earlier than August 2019 and no later than March 2020. Proposals should be linked to professional duties and demonstrate how the scholar will use the knowledge gained to develop new courses, curricula, or other academic programs at the home institution. These grants are designed for university faculty or administrators with less experience and who may not have had recent access to research or instructional developments in their disciplines. Applicants must hold a minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree to be eligible for program and curriculum development grants.
The ARSP includes a special group of grants for scholars with proposals in HIV/AIDS-related research. Scholars in all academic disciplines are invited to formulate proposals with an HIV/AIDS focus. Candidates may apply either as research scholars or program and curriculum development scholars using the guidelines stated above in each category of grants.
The grant covers the candidate’s J-1 visa, round trip airfare to the U.S., a settling-in allowance, professional allowance, monthly stipend, housing allowance, books-and-supplies allowance, and computer allowance. The grant covers basic university health insurance as a primary insurance coverage and the Fulbright ASPE health benefit as secondary coverage. The grant covers travel of one dependent if he/she will stay with the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period. Moreover, it covers the dependent allowance.
- An intended applicant must be a citizen of Ghana or a permanent resident, and should hold a valid passport issued from the country in which the application is made.
- The ARSP is 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 for research grants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent terminal degree in their fields. Preference is given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.
- Applicants without doctorate degrees but who hold a master’s or equivalent graduate degree are eligible in the program and curriculum development category.
- Applications for doctoral dissertation research, postdoctoral research immediately following the completion of a doctorate degree, or general professional travel, are ineligible
- 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 limited experience in the U.S.
- Applicants must be in good health. Successful candidates will be asked to submit a Medical History and Examination Report.
- Scholars must indicate the grant category for which they are applying (research or program and curriculum development).
- Each application must include three letters of reference.
- Letters of invitation from U.S. academic or research institution are strongly encouraged, but are not required.
How to apply:
Online applications must be submitted using the Embark Visiting Scholar system, accessible at: https://iie.embark.com/apply/visitingscholars
As new users, applicants must create new accounts and are advised to follow the steps for preparing the online application. Please also read the application instructions prior to filling the application form.
Complete and email the Application Information Form to the following: AccraExchange@state.gov
The form may be accessed on the U.S. Embassy Ghana website: https://gh.usembassy.gov/education-culture/exchange-programs/
We urge applicants to contact Fulbright alumni for guidance with the application process, if possible. Please send an email to AccraExchange@state.gov if you have any questions.
Women, individuals from rural areas, and under-represented groups including individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply (reasonable accommodation will be provided for individuals with disabilities interested in applying.) Send an email to AccraExchange@state.gov with the Subject Line: Assistance – Fulbright ARSP and indicate the nature of assistance needed in order to apply (for those with disabilities).