Twenty-nine South African students and scholars have received fully-funded Fulbright scholarships to conduct research and complete postgraduate studies at U.S. academic institutions.
The world-renowned Department of State-funded Fulbright Program provides scholarships to university graduates seeking a Master’s or Doctoral degree in nearly any field of study at a university in the U.S. Thirteen South Africans will pursue high-level degrees at universities throughout the U.S., including Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame. In addition, throughout the next three months, eight scholars will travel to the U.S. to conduct research in fields ranging from grapevine ecophysiology to audiology. The National Research Foundation (NRF) partners with the U.S. Embassy to sponsor graduates pursuing Doctoral degrees.
Five more South Africans will travel in the coming weeks as Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows to pursue non-degree academic study and two Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants will also teach isiZulu in at American universities. Additionally, one South African professor will be lecturing at Dickinson College as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence.
Last week, Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn hosted the 2018 class of Fulbright students and scholars at a dinner in Johannesburg. As they prepare for the next step in their academic careers following a highly competitive selection process, Chargé d’Affaires Lapenn said, “South Africa’s future leaders are right here in this room…please take full advantage of your time in the U.S. and use this opportunity to learn in an American academic setting, make new friends and professional colleagues and engage in the global community.”
Fulbright alumnus and Investec Chairman Fani Titi shared his experience as a Fulbrighter with the scholarship recipients. “This is not just education for the sake of it. To me, the education is world-class. But I encourage you to also embrace the countr y and its people,” he said. Titi completed his Master’s degree in mathematics at the University of California Berkeley on a Fulbright scholarship.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international education exchange program, and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The Fulbright Program attracts the brightest talent in the world, who share a dedication to return home and make a difference through collaboration and innovation. The Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide and, since 1953, more than 2100 South African students and scholars have pursued studies and research in the United States.
South Africans interested in applying for the Fulbright Program may find more information by following the U.S. Embassy on Facebook and Twitter at USEmbassySA, or visiting the U.S. Embassy website at https://za.usembassy.gov/.