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Applications Now Open For Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships
January 2, 2020

Applications Now Open For Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships

Applications for the 2021-2022 Fulbright Foreign Student Program are now open. This world-renowned program offers scholarships to South Africans interested in pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree at any accredited tertiary institution in the United States. The scholarships cover the full cost of tuition and living expenses in the United States for up to 2 years.

Applications close on April 20, 2020 and applicants are encouraged to start the application process as soon as possible. Highly motivated South Africans wishing to pursue a Master’s degree must have completed a four-year B-Tech degree or a three-year Bachelor’s degree with an Honors degree. Prospective Doctoral students must have successfully obtained a Master’s degree.

In partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF), Fulbright scholarships are also available to South African PhD students, who are enrolled at a South African university or tertiary institute, and who intend to conduct one year’s research at a tertiary institute in the United States.

In 2019, 23 South African students and scholars received fully-funded Fulbright scholarships to complete postgraduate studies at American academic institutions and to conduct research in the United States. These talented South Africans are currently pursuing studies in fields ranging from molecular biology and viticulture to mechanical engineering and philosophy, at institutions including Ohio State University, the University of Missouri, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of California, and the University of Pennsylvania.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international educational exchange. It was established in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. It currently operates in South Africa and more than 150 other countries worldwide.

South Africans interested in applying for the Fulbright Program can learn more by visiting za.usembassy.gov/fulbright