2024-25 FULBRIGHT AFRICAN RESEARCH SCHOLAR PROGRAM (ARSP)
The Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP), also called the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, is funded by the U.S. Department of State. ARSP offers faculty members from tertiary or research institutions in Côte d’Ivoire the opportunity to take part in two categories of grants: Research Grants and Program and Curriculum Development Grants.
Two categories of grants are offered in the ARSP: research grants; and, program and curriculum development grants.
- Awards of 3 to 9 months are offered for African 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 2024 and no later than March 2025. Applicants must hold a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in their fields at the time of application. Preference will be given to individuals who have at least three years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.
Program and Curriculum Development Grants:
- Awards of three to five months are offered for African university faculty or administrators to conduct research in any academic discipline at a U.S. academic or research institution beginning no earlier than August 2024 and no later than March 2025. 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 the 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. A doctorate degree is not required, but applicants must hold a minimum of a master’s or equivalent graduate degree at the time of application.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON ELIGIBILITY:
- The ARSP is open to scholars in all disciplines and without regard to gender or age; however, proposals for clinical medical research involving patient contact cannot be approved under the Fulbright Program.
- Applicants must be citizens of the country from which they apply, or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid passport issued by that country.
- Applicants for research grants must hold a doctorate degree or equivalent terminal degree in their fields at the time of application. 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 who hold a master’s or equivalent graduate degree are eligible in the 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. Please confirm that a nominated candidate is not scheduled to be in the U.S. on another academic program immediately before the proposed start of the Fulbright grant.
- Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in English to carry out their research projects and collaborate effectively with colleagues. TOEFL exams are not required, but Posts may choose to institute local English language testing, if necessary, to evaluate applicants’ language skills. At a minimum, Posts should evaluate English-language proficiency through a documented interview conducted in-person or by videoconferencing, or by telephone if videoconferencing is not a viable option.
- Applicants 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.
When submitting applications, candidates will be required to read, accept, and adhere to the following information pertaining to plagiarism:
The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program seeks applicants whose writing achieves highest academic standards of original research, writing, and citation. The program application includes the opportunity to describe your academic work and research. Application materials will be processed using software to help identify any instance of plagiarism. Plagiarism in any part of your application will result in your disqualification from participation in the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. ECA and IIE will follow the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of plagiarism: Plagiarism is the wrongful appropriation or purloining and publication as one’s own, of the ideas, or the expression of the ideas, of another. It is expected that your project proposal will be your own work and writing, clearly citing secondary sources when describing the academic work and writing of others (including one’s own previously published work). Any sources used in the construction of your responses must be clearly cited in your project statement and bibliography.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON APPLICATIONS:
- Each application must include three letters of reference.
- Applications with project statements that are less than one page will not be considered.
- Scholars must indicate the grant category for which they are applying (research or program and curriculum development). The implementing partner, the Institute for International Education (IIE), will assign scholars who do not indicate a preference to an appropriate category.
- Letters of invitation are strongly encouraged but are not required. Applicants are discouraged from requesting affiliation with an alma mater. IIE will honor institutional affiliation preferences as far as possible. Applicants unfamiliar with U.S. institutions may request that IIE identify suitable placements. Please be advised that placement assistance often requires additional time and may delay the initial anticipated start date.
- If placement assistance is expected, it is critical that applicants provide a detailed project statement that clearly outlines their research objectives and addresses why their research needs to take place in the United States. The project statement details will be referenced to help facilitate the placement process.
- NOTE: Laboratory fees are not part of the standard benefits package for the ARSP. Applicants should collect letters of invitation from potential U.S. sponsors in order to conduct their laboratory work if such fees are indicated by the proposed host institution. These fees cannot be covered by the Fulbright program.
To apply to the FVS program, visit https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2024 . For further details, please see: https://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/fulbright-visiting-scholar-program
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 7, 2023