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Fulbright African Research Scholar/Visiting Scholar Program

The Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP), also referred to as the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program offers faculty members from tertiary or research institutions in Ghana the opportunity to take part in two categories of grants: Research Grants and Program and Curriculum Development Grants.



Research Grants:

Awards of 3 to 9 months are offered to Ghanaian 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 2024 and no later than March 2025.  Applicants MUST hold a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in their fields at the time of application.  Important! Preference will be given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.


Program and Curriculum Development Grants:

Awards of 3 to 5 months are offered to Ghanaian university faculty or administrators to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution beginning no earlier than August 2024 and no later than March 2025.  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.  Important! While a doctorate degree is not required, applicants MUST hold a minimum of a master’s or equivalent graduate degree at the time of application.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:

  • Ghanaian citizen or permanent resident and currently residing in Ghana (NOTE: Ghanaian nationals with dual U.S. citizenship are not eligible for this program).

  • Employed as required based on the type of grant you are applying for:

  • Research Grants – Ghanaian university faculty or research institute professionals; at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record is preferred.

  • Program and Curriculum Development Grants – Ghanaian university faculty or administrators.

  • Academic degrees as required based on the type of grant you are applying for:

  • Research Grants –a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in their fields at the time of application.

  • Program and Curriculum Development Grants – a minimum of a master’s or equivalent graduate degree at the time of application (a doctorate degree is not required).

  • High prospect of receiving study leave from applicant’s employer.

  • Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in English to carry out their research projects and collaborate effectively with colleagues. (Note: TOEFL exams are not required, but the U.S. Embassy’s Fulbright Review Committee may evaluate English-language proficiency).

  • Applicants must be in good health. Successful candidates will be asked to submit a Medical History and Examination Report.


Qualities of a Competitive Candidate Include: 

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities.

  • High motivation and serious commitment to completing the program and returning to Ghana to apply knowledge at home institution or other institutions in Ghana.

  • Well-written, professional applications.

  • Strong connection to U.S. foreign policy priorities.

  • Clearly expressed reasons for selecting your U.S. university preferences, reflecting a thorough university search to identify institutions which are a strong fit for your academic, personal, and professional goals.

  • Preference is given to applicants with limited or no experience in the United States.

  • Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright scholar grant.

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program seeks applicants whose writing achieves highest academic standards of original research, writing, and citation.  The program application includes the opportunity to describe your academic work and research. The deadline to apply for this opportunity is April 12, 2024. For more information, click here.



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