So You Want to Study in America? Apply for a Fulbright scholarship today!

The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce the application period is now open for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for 2019-2020.  This world-renowned program offers scholarships that cover up to the full cost of tuition and living expenses in the United States for South African students interested in pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree at any accredited institution in the United States.

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 countries worldwide.

Applications close April 22, 2018, but applicants are encouraged to start the application process as soon as possible.  Highly-motivated South African students 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.

The U.S. Mission is honored to partner with the National Research Foundation to co-fund Fulbright Fellows to complete Doctoral degrees in the United States.  This supports the synergies between the National Development Plan and the South African Department of Higher Education’s New Generation of Academics Program.

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn said, “The Fulbright Program attracts the brightest academic talent from around the world.  I encourage South Africans who are dedicated to leadership, collaboration, and innovation in their fields to apply.  This can be a life-changing experience that will have a profound influence on your professional and personal endeavors for years to come.  The United States welcomes you!”

In 1953, the first South African to participate in the Fulbright Program was Professor Stefans Grové from the University of Pretoria, who completed a Master’s degree in musicology at Harvard.  To date, more than 2,000 South Africans have received Fulbright scholarships to pursue degrees in the United States.  South African Fulbright alumni come from diverse backgrounds, and include Professor Es’kia Mphahlele, Dr. Yvonne Muthien, Dr. Sibusiso Sibisi, and Judge Mandisa Maya.

The United States welcomes more than one million foreign students each year at more than 4500 institutions of higher education.  South Africans interested in applying for the Fulbright Program can learn more by visiting the U.S. Embassy website: