Application deadline: June 1, 2020

Type: Post Graduate

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The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a fully-funded program that provide opportunities for researchers in African Universities to conduct their doctoral research in the US while developing their potentials. The US Department of State funds this program.


The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is designed primarily to strengthen the capacities of African universities through higher degree training and to develop the potential of their academic staff. It is open to young and up-and-coming faculty members who wish to conduct their doctoral research in the United States.
From its inception, the Fulbright Program has fostered bilateral relationships in which citizens and governments of other countries work with the US to set joint priorities and shape the program to meet shared needs. The world has been transformed in ensuing decades, but the fundamental principle of international partnership remains at the core of the Fulbright mission.
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a research program funded by the US Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York.


The countries eligible for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program are listed here


The Fulbright Foreign Students Program provides;

  • Round-trip airfare to the US
  • A settling-in allowance
  • Monthly stipends
  • Housing allowance
  • Books and supplies allowance
  • Computer allowance
  • Health insurance
Opportunities for Africans in USA

What The Fulbright Foreign Student Program does not provide

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program does not cover the travel of dependents. Hence grantees will not be allowed to travel with spouses and children to the United States.

Fulbright Fully funded foreign student program
Fulbright Foreign Student Program


  • Applicants must be citizens or nationals of participating countries, or permanent residents holding a valid passport issued by the government of the participating countries.
  • Applicants must be DOCTORAL OR Ph.D. students who have completed a significant amount of their doctoral program in universities in their home country and have the endorsement of their home institution.
  • Note: MASTERS and First-Degree applicants are NOT qualified to apply for this program.
  • Applicants must have an outstanding academic record and a high level of English proficiency.
  • Applicants must take their first TOEFL exam by May 2020.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum score on required standardized tests (TOEFL: a score of 90)
  • Applicants must have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program as scheduled and to returning home.
  • Only applicants with persuasive proposals, outlining their research objectives, methodology, time-frame, and justification for researching in the US will be short-listed for interviews.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not studied in the US.
  • Those in business, law, and accounting should understand that most US institutions rarely accept research students in these fields due to the high demand for full-time programs and tuition concerns. Therefore, we face enormous challenges in finding placements for such grantees unless their proposals are tilted toward economics, development-related areas, democracy, human rights, and conflict resolution.


The areas eligible for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program are Science, Engineering, Technology, Arts, Journalism/public relations/media studies, Agriculture/food science, Economics, Environmental science, International relations, Political science, public administration/policy, Public health, and Tourism.


The deadline for submitting online applications and all supplementary documents varies by country Check your country application deadline here


Applicants are expected to fill an online application form and attach documents required as stated by the Fulbright Foreign Student Program
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Hard copies of official academic transcripts from higher institutions should be forwarded to the office by regular mail. Kindly check your country requirements for details.


  • An online application
  • A written research objective.
  • Professional resume.
  • Three letters of reference specifying the personal, academic, and professional competence of the candidate (submitted electronically and attached to the online application).
  • Student copies of academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended should be scanned and attached to the online application if available.
  • TOEFL score report.

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Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2020/2021

Application deadline: January 1, 2020

Type: Undergraduate

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The Obama foundation scholars program is an opportunity for young individuals around the world to explore the city of Chicago while engaging in a non-degree granting program in the University of Columbia. It is a fully funded scholarship opportunity.


The Obama Foundation Scholars Program is a full-time program, running for the duration of the academic year from August through May. Scholars participate in an immersive program that brings together academic, skills-based, and experiential learning, designed by Columbia University in consultation with the Obama Foundation. A cornerstone of the program includes a required course, which will run for the length of the academic year. Scholars will also have an opportunity to select and enroll in additional courses offered by Columbia University that are relevant to their specific field or values-based leadership, or that fill in gaps in their previous studies. Scholars will also participate in workshops to develop practical skills to enhance the impact of their work. Previous workshop topics include conflict management and resolution, public speaking, data analysis and interpretation, and resilience. The program also takes advantage of the unique opportunities that come with being at one of the world’s most important centers of research and with being in the City of New York. Throughout the year, Scholars will have opportunities to engage with thought leaders and practitioners from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

In addition to participating in the Columbia University-led elements of the program, Scholars are expected to engage in a unique set of activities led by the Obama Foundation in New York City, Chicago, and possibly other U.S. locations. Scholars will also have the opportunity to lend their experience and expertise to Obama Foundation programs focused on training the next generation of leaders. Scholars will work with the Obama Foundation to tailor an action plan to remain engaged with the Foundation upon their return to their home countries or regions.

This is not a degree-granting program. Obama Foundation Scholars who complete the Columbia University program will receive a certificate of completion from the Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University.

Obama Foundation Scholars Program
Obama Foundation Scholars




The program is appropriate for individuals from a variety of educational backgrounds


Scholar Benefits Covered by the Program

  • Monthly stipend to assist with living expenses in New York City
  • furnished studio apartment within walking distance of Columbia University
  • All tuition and fees for up to four courses at Columbia University
  • Basic medical, dental and life insurance for the duration of the program
  • Air travel to and from home country and any program-related activities



The Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University seeks rising leaders from around the world who meet the following criteria:

  • Have a proven commitment to service and leadership within a community, region or country outside the United States, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to return to these communities following their completion of the program and apply their enhanced training, skills and connections on a long-term basis for the benefit of these communities
  • Are emerging leaders who have made meaningful contributions to their field and are now at a “tipping point” in their careers
  • Are fluent in English (verbal, written and spoken)
  • Have the ability and inclination to positively shape the future of their community
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to humility, integrity, inclusivity, stewardship, fearlessness, imagination and teamwork


December 13, 2019


Interested applicants must complete and submit an application through the Obama Foundation Scholars Program online application system. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee.


The application process is entirely online. the documents to be submitted along with the application form includes:

  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Personal video statement
  • Responses to short essay questions
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Complete online application form
  • Three recommendation letters

Visit the official scholarship website for more on the Obama Foundation Scholars Program 2020/2021