Fulbright African Research Scholar (ARSP)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: EXTENDED TO AUGUST 21, 2019.

OVERVIEW:

The Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (Fulbright ARSP) is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.  The Fulbright ARSP offers senior faculty members from Ghanaian universities the opportunity to conduct research at U.S. institutions.

The Fulbright African Research Scholar Program offers two categories of grants: Research Grants and Program and Curriculum Development Grants.

RESEARCH GRANTS:

Awards of 3 to 9 months are offered for Ghanaian university faculty or research institute professionals to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution beginning no earlier than August and no later than March of an academic year.  Preference will be given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.  Applicants must hold a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in their fields to be eligible for research grants.

PROGRAM AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT GRANTS:

Awards of 3 to 5 months are offered for Ghanaian university faculty or administrators to conduct research toward program and curriculum development in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution beginning no earlier than August and no later than March of the academic year.  Proposals should be linked to professional duties and demonstrate how the scholar will use the knowledge gained to develop new courses, curricula, or other academic programs at their home institution.  These grants are designed for university faculty or administrators with less experience and who may not have had recent access to research or instructional developments in their disciplines.  Applicants must hold a minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree to be eligible for program and curriculum development grants.

HIV/AIDS:

The ARSP includes a special group of grants for scholars with proposals in HIV/AIDS-related research. Scholars in all academic disciplines are invited to formulate proposals with an HIV/AIDS focus.  Candidates may apply either as research scholars or program and curriculum development scholars using the guidelines stated above in each category of grants.

GRANT BENEFITS:

The grant covers the candidate’s J-1 visa, round trip airfare to the U.S., a settling-in allowance, professional allowance, monthly stipend, housing allowance, books-and-supplies allowance, and computer allowance.  The grant covers basic university health insurance as a primary insurance coverage and the Fulbright ASPE health benefit as secondary coverage.  The grant covers travel of one dependent if he/she will stay with the grantee for at least 80% of the grant period. It also covers the dependent allowance.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Candidates must be a citizen of Ghana or a permanent resident, and should hold a valid passport.

The Fulbright ARSP is open to scholars in all disciplines without regard to gender or age; however, proposals for clinical medical research involving patient contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.

Applicants for research grants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent terminal degree in their fields.

Preference is given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.

Applicants without doctorate degrees but holds a master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree are eligible in a program and curriculum development category.

Applications for doctoral dissertation research, postdoctoral 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 limited experience in the U.S.

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

Scholars must indicate the grant category for which they are applying (research or program and curriculum development).

Each application must include three letters of reference.

Letters of invitation from U.S. academic or research institution are strongly encouraged, but are not required.

HOW TO APPLY:

Online applications must be submitted via the following: https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2020

 

All applications received will be screened and ONLY short-listed applicants will be contacted and invited for an interview.

Women, individuals from rural areas, under-represented groups including individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply (reasonable accommodation will be provided for individuals with disabilities interested in applying.)  Please direct questions to AccraExchange@state.gov for more information.