Fulbright South African Research Scholar Program

Applications have closed  for the 2022-23 academic year.

Fulbright South African Research Scholar Program

The Fulbright South African Research Scholar Program (SARSP) is an opportunity for South African university faculty or research institute professionals to conduct research in their field of expertise at a U.S. academic or research Institution for a period of 3 to 9 months . A research grant enables the scholar to perform high-level research at a U.S. educational institution, aimed at strengthening academic programs or curricula at his/her home institution. Applicants need to have a proven track record of productive scholarly research, and publications.

Fulbright-Emory Distinguished Chair Scholar Award

The Fulbright-Emory Distinguished Chair Scholar Award at Emory University is for innovative, dynamic academic staff from South Africa in any field or discipline who will conduct research, teach, and engage with Emory’s academic community. Priority will be given to the selection of scholars whose activities are related to graduate programs in South Africa with the objective of increasing the impact of their scholarship in South Africa as a result of their experiences in the United States.

Eligible candidates must have at least seven years of experience as a teacher/scholar since earning their Ph.D. and hold a full-time faculty appointment at a South African university.

Funded by Emory’s Halle Institute for Global Research, chairholders spend up to four months at Emory, hosted by appropriate departments and programs. In addition to research and teaching, chairholders give lectures and engage with faculty and students across the university.

Applications will be evaluated by the Halle Institute for Global Research multi-disciplinary, multi-school, faculty selection committee. Strong applications will be jargon-free and specifically demonstrate how a semester at Emory University will support research and teaching. Candidates should discuss how they will share their research and teaching with faculty and students at Emory University and at their home institution. The research plan should address how the applicant will take advantage of resources at Emory and its location in Atlanta.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be South African citizens or permanent residents (minimum of 5 years of permanent resident status required).

Open to Scholars in all disciplines and without regard to gender or age. Please note: proposals for clinical medical research involving patient contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.

Applications for doctoral dissertation research, post-doctoral research immediately following the completion of a doctorate degree, or general professional travel, are ineligible.

Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright Scholar Grant.

Preference will be given to candidates who have had no experience or only limited experience in the U.S.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree or equivalent professional/terminal degree in their field. Preference is given to individuals who have extensive university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.

Applicants may be affiliated with local universities, research institutes, or other institutions that have educational and/or research objectives.

Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the English language to carry out the project required. TOEFL exams are not required. English Language Proficiency may be tested by Fulbright Offices.

Scholars must be in good health. Successful candidates will be asked to submit a Medical History and Examination Report.

Scholars who were unsuccessful in previous competitions may re-apply. Repeat applicants should revise their proposals, update curriculum vitae, and obtain current letters of reference.

How to Apply

Please use the online application link provided on this website. The application will need to be filled out and submitted through an online application system. All required supporting documents need to be submitted through the online application system as well.

Include a well written research proposal with well explained methodology that can be understood by a general reviewing committee as well.

Include three confidential letters of reference. These letters must be uploaded by your referees through the online application system. Guidelines on how to register your referees are included in the country information section of the application. We will not accept any letters of reference via email or post.

A Letter of Invitation from a U.S. host institution is strongly encouraged but not required.

Applicants are discouraged from requesting affiliation with an alma mater. The Institute of International Education (IIE) will honor institutional affiliation preferences as far as possible. Applicants unfamiliar with U.S. institutions may request that IIE identify suitable placements.

Applicants should note that laboratory fees are not part of the standard benefits package for the Fulbright SARSP and are awarded on a limited, case-by-case basis, and only if funding is available.

Research Grant Coverage

  • Monthly stipend based on the cost of living at the research site.
  • Monthly dependent allowance for accompanying dependents.
  • Round trip airfare for the grantee.
  • Round trip airfare for one dependent accompanying the grantee for a minimum period of 80% on an eight- to nine month grant.
  • Excess baggage allowance for return travel.
  • Professional allowance for books, conferences, and seminars.
  • Settling-in allowance.
  • Primary medical insurance coverage for the grantee.

Contact your nearest Fulbright Office with questions that are not answered online:

Pretoria: fpsa@state.gov

Johannesburg: MothianeM@state.gov

Cape Town: fpsa@state.gov

Durban: KnowlesSD@state.gov