The Fulbright African Research Scholar Programme (ARSP)

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The Program exemplifies the important role that universities can play in public diplomacy. Established in 1946, the Program was the brainchild of Senator J. William Fulbright, who believed that educational exchange opportunities increased mutual understanding between nations and encouraged cooperative solutions to global problems.

Program Information: Two categories of grants are offered in the ARSP:  research grants and program and curriculum development grants. 

Research Grants: Awards of 3 to 9 months are offered for selected university faculty professionals to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution.  Preference will be given to individuals with a doctorate degree, at least three years of university teaching experience, a productive scholarly record, and whose projects relate directly to their ongoing teaching and/or research responsibilities.

Program and Curriculum Development Grants: Awards of 3 to 5 months are offered for qualified university faculty to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution.  Proposals should be linked to professional duties and demonstrate how the scholar will use the knowledge gained to develop new courses, curricula, or programs at the home institution. 

HIV/AIDS: includes a special set 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 as program and curriculum development scholars.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON ELIGIBILITY:

  • Applicants must be citizens of Nigeria
  • Applicants must not have received a Fulbright grant for study, teaching, or research in the U.S. before. Preference will be given to individuals who have had no experience or only 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.  

Application instructions are available at:

If you are a Fulbright alumnus, you may wish to join the