U.S. Department of State Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2024/2025 (Monthly Stipend Available) – APPLY NOW

The U.S. Department of State, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education (IIE), is inviting applications for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program (FFSP) for the 2024/2025 academic year. The FFSP is aimed at enhancing the academic prowess of African universities, specifically targeting young and exceptionally promising faculty members from Nigeria.

U.S. Department of State Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The FFSP is a prestigious research program funded by the U.S. Department of State, emphasizing higher degree training and the development of academic potential. Designed for doctoral research in the United States, the program welcomes scholars seeking to advance their academic careers.

Benefits of the Fulbright Foreign Student Program

They include:

  • Round-Trip Airfare: Ensuring a seamless journey to and from the U.S.
  • Settling-In Allowance: Facilitating a smooth transition to life in the U.S.
  • Monthly Stipend: Financial support for day-to-day expenses.
  • Housing Allowance: Assisting with accommodation costs.
  • Books-and-Supplies Allowance
  • Computer Allowance
  • University Health Insurance: Offering primary coverage.
  • Fulbright ASPE Health Benefit: Supplementing health coverage.

Eligibility Criteria for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program

  • Citizenship or Nationality: Only citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of Nigeria with a valid passport are eligible.
  • Academic Level: Exclusive to DOCTORAL OR Ph.D. students who have completed a significant portion of their doctoral program in Nigerian universities.
  • Endorsement: Applicants must have the endorsement of their home institution.
  • Academic Record and English Proficiency: A stellar academic record and a high level of English proficiency are prerequisites.
  • TOEFL Exam: Applicants must take their first TOEFL exam by May 2023 and achieve a minimum score of 90.
  • Motivation and Commitment: Demonstrated high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program as scheduled and returning home.
  • Preference is given to applicants who have not studied in the U.S. before. However, those in business, law, and accounting should note the challenges, as U.S. institutions may be selective in these fields. Successful proposals in economics, development-related areas, democracy, human rights, and conflict resolution stand a higher chance.

Required Documents for Application

A complete application must include:

  • Online Application: Featuring a written research objective.
  • Professional Resume: Showcasing academic and professional achievements.
  • Letters of Reference: Three references specifying personal, academic, and professional competence.
  • Academic Transcripts: Scanned copies from each post-secondary institution attended.
  • TOEFL Score Report: Demonstrating English proficiency.

How to Apply

Interested and eligible candidates can apply through the U.S. Embassy and Consulate website at https://apply.iie.org/apply/?sr=b29b205d-36bc-44e5-8e02-1d3e90c567a4

Applicants are advised to carefully read the instructions and seek assistance from senior colleagues who are Fulbright alumni.

When filling out forms, select “Visiting Researcher” or “non-degree” as the degree objective.

All applicants must complete the online forms and attach supporting documents. Hard copies of official academic transcripts should be mailed to the designated addresses based on geographical regions in Nigeria.

Visit the official website at https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/apply?country=nigeria for more details

Application Deadline

June 1, 2024.

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