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Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2022-2023


Closing Date: 

May, 2021

Field of Study: 

Bursary Details: 

The Fulbright Foreign Student Programme is inviting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The South African Fulbright Foreign Student Programme provides grants for South African university graduates to pursue post-graduate studies at a United States university in any subject (excludes MBA and studies that require contact with patients).

Students are selected through a rigorous application and interview process and receive a high level of support ranging from visa processing and health insurance to a comprehensive pre-departure orientation and re-entry session.

For more information on the programme, refer to the South Africa Fulbright Foreign Student Program (FFSP) Application Guidelines.

Applications close on 14 May.

Degree level

  • MA/PhD: Post-graduate students may apply for scholarships towards Master’s or Doctorate degrees. Scholarships are awarded for two years towards one degree – Master’s or Doctorate (renewable each year).
  • Visiting Student Researcher (non-degree) : South African PhD students enrolled with a South African University may apply to conduct one year’s research at a U.S. University as a Visiting Student Researcher (VSR). Current National Research Foundation (NRF) funded PhD students are encouraged to apply.

Candidate Requirements: 

  • Be a South African citizen OR a permanent resident with a minimum of 5 years of permanent residency status in South Africa (Please note: S.A. nationals with dual citizenship from the U.S. are not eligible for the programme)
  • For Non-Degree (Visiting Student Researcher) studies: Must be registered for a PhD with a South African university
  • Have a four-year bachelor’s degree, or a three-year bachelor’s degree plus honors year, or a four-year B-Tech degree when applying for Master’s
  • Have a Master’s degree when applying for a Doctoral degree
  • Have sufficient level of English proficiency to enable them to engage in graduate level study in the U.S.
  • Be able to meet the minimum scores on required standardized tests such as the GRE and TOEFL (tested by Fulbright when invited to the semi-final round)
  • Display academic excellence
  • Be highly motivated and committed to returning to S.A. after the programme
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Display a sense of social responsibility; be involved in extra-mural activities
  • Have a desire to further Fulbright Alumni activities by giving back to your community/university upon returning
  • Have an understanding of the cross-cultural sensitivity and flexibility needed to adjust successfully to life in the United States as a student.
  • Have not had recent and extensive experience in the U.S.


Bursary Enquiries: 

Queries not addressed on the website may be sent to the Fulbright Office via: [email protected]


Fulbright Programme contacts in South Africa:


U.S. Embassy, Pretoria: [email protected]

U.S. Consulate Johannesburg: [email protected]

U.S. Consulate Durban: [email protected]

U.S. Consulate Cape Town: [email protected]

Bursary Inclusion: 

  • Travel allowance and transportation from South Africa to the authorized U.S. destination
  • Health benefits
  • Settling in allowance upon arrival in the U.S.
  • Monthly maintenance allowance (to cover living expenses)
  • Tuition and fees
  • Book and computer allowance
  • J-1 visa sponsorship

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates must apply online via the application link: https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2022



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