Programme outline

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program offers grants for South African university faculty and research institute professionals to conduct research in their field of expertise at a United States academic or research institution, for a period of three to nine months. The grants start no earlier than August 2020 and no later than March 2021.

What the grant offers

  • •      Monthly stipend
  • •      Monthly dependent allowance
  • •      Round trip airfare for the grantee
  • •      Round trip airfare for one dependent accompanying the grantee for a minimum period of 80% on a nine-month grant
  • •      Excess baggage allowance for return travel
  • •      Professional allowance for books, conferences, and seminars
  • •      Settling-in allowance
  • •      Primary medical insurance coverage

Degree level


Fields of Study

The grant provides support for all fields of study, excluding clinical medical research that require contact with patients.


The deadline for applications is 1 October 2019.

Who can apply?

  • •      Applicants must have a doctoral degree or equivalent professional/terminal degree in their field
  • •      Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in the English language to carry out the project required
  • •      South African citizen or permanent resident (minimum 5 years of permanent resident status)
  • •      Post-doctoral scholars affiliated with local universities/research institutes
  • •      Applicants must have extensive teaching experience
  • •      Have a proven track record of productive scholarly research and publications
  • •      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
  • •      Preference will be given to candidates who have had no experience or only limited experience in the United States

Application Process

Applicants must compete an online application at:


Queries may be directed to:


Please note that this opportunity is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions and are responsible for ensuring that the qualifications will be recognised in South Africa. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above. No additional financial support will be provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training.