Fully Funded Fulbright South African Research Scholar Program (SARSP) 2022

Written by David on January 28, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United States
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

  • Scholarship amount given

  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

    South Africa
  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    U.S. Embassy Pretoria 877 Pretorius St Arcadia Pretoria Phone: +27 (12) 431-4000 Fax: +27 (12) 342-2299

The Fulbright South African Research Scholar Program (SARSP) allows 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 three to nine months, beginning in August 2022 and ending in March 2023. A research grant allows a researcher to do high-level research at a US educational institution in order to improve academic programs or curricula at his or her home university. Applicants must have a track record of fruitful intellectual research and publications to be considered.

Emory University’s Fulbright-Emory Distinguished Chair Scholar Award is for innovative, dynamic South African academic staff in any field or discipline who will do research, teach, and connect with Emory’s academic community. Scholars whose activities are relevant to graduate programs in South Africa will be given priority in the selection process, with the goal of boosting the effect of their scholarship in South Africa as a result of their experiences in the United States.


About the Scholarship:

The United States Department of Education (USDOE) is the federal department in charge of establishing policies, administering, and coordinating most federal educational assistance. It aids the president in carrying out his national education policy and enforcing legislation passed by Congress. The Department’s objective is to serve America’s students by supporting educational excellence and providing equal access in order to increase student achievement and prepare them for global competitiveness.

Approximately 55 million children (pre-K through grade 12) were served by the Department’s elementary and secondary school programs in 2007-08. These students attended 100,000 public schools and 34,000 private schools. Around 10 million undergraduate students benefited from departmental grant, loan, and work-study programs. Although it is a relative newcomer among Cabinet-level organizations, the Department of Education has its roots in 1867, when President Andrew Johnson signed legislation forming the first Department of Education. Its principal goal was to gather data and statistics regarding the country’s schools. The new Department was reduced to an Office of Education in 1868 due to concerns that it would exert too much authority over local schools.


The office remained modest over time, functioning under numerous names and residing in various departments, including the United States Department of the Interior and the old United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (now Health and Human Services). Political and societal changes in the 1950s resulted in increased federal support for education. The successful launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union in 1957 sparked widespread alarm, resulting in increased funding for science education initiatives. President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty” advocated for the construction of numerous initiatives to promote education for impoverished children at all levels, from early childhood through postsecondary. In the 1970s, nationwide initiatives were made to help racial minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and students who did not speak English obtain equal access to school. The Department of Education Organization Act was passed by Congress in October 1979. (Public Law 96-88). The Department was established in May 1980 by integrating offices from numerous federal departments.

The aim of the Department of Education is to improve student accomplishment and global competitiveness by supporting educational excellence and providing equal access. The Department of Education Organization Act, passed by Congress on May 4, 1980, formed the United States Department of Education (ED) (Public Law 96-88 of October 1979). The mission of ED under this law is to:

  1. Reinforce the federal government’s commitment to ensuring that everyone has equitable access to educational opportunities;
  2. To increase educational quality, supplement and complement the efforts of governments, local school systems, and other state instrumentalities, the private sector, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based groups, parents, and students.
  3. Encourage the public, parents, and students to get more involved in federal education programs.
  4. Encourage federally funded research, assessment, and information sharing to improve the quality and utility of education;
  5. Ensure that federal education programs are well-coordinated;
  6. Improve the administration of federal education programs; and
  7. Increase the President’s, Congress’s, and public’s accountability for federal education initiatives.


Scholarship Sponsor(s):  United States Government

Host Country(s): United States of America

Scholarship Worth: Fully Funded

Study Level: Masters

Nationality: South Africans


Scholarship Offer:

  1. A monthly stipend based on the study site’s cost of living.
  2. Monthly stipend for dependents traveling with you.
  3. The grantee’s round-trip airfare.
  4. On an eight- to nine-month award, round-trip airfare for one dependent accompanying the recipient for a minimum of 80 percent of the time.
  5. Additional baggage allowance for return trip.
  6. A stipend for books, conferences, and seminars for professionals.
  7. Allowance for settling in.
  8. The grantee’s primary medical insurance coverage.


Eligibility for Scholarship 

  1. Be a South African citizen OR a permanent resident who has lived in South Africa for a minimum of 5 years (Please note: SA nationals with dual citizenship from the U.S. are not eligible for the program).
  2. The Fulbright SARSP is open to academics of all fields, regardless of gender or age; however, proposals for clinical medical research requiring patient interaction will not be accepted.
  3. Doctoral dissertation research, post-doctoral research immediately following the attainment of a doctorate degree, and general professional travel are not eligible.
  4. Candidates who have never obtained a Fulbright scholar grant will be given preference.
  5. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English in order to complete their tasks and work effectively with their peers. Exams such as the TOEFL are not necessary. However, if required, the US Embassy has the right to offer an English language test to assess applicants’ language abilities.
  6. Applicants must be in good physical and mental health. A Medical History and Examination Report will be required of successful candidates.
  7. Scholars who have previously been unsuccessful in competitions may reapply. 8. Repeat applicants should update their curriculum vitae and get current letters of recommendation.
  8. Candidates with no or minimal prior experience in the United States will be given preference.



The Fulbright South African Research Scholar Program (SARSP) 2022 is open to only South African students

Application Procedure

  1. An online application method will be used to fill out and submit the application. The online application system must also be used to submit any relevant supporting papers.
  2. Include a well-written research proposal with well-explained technique that a broad review committee may understand.
  3. Attach three private letters of recommendation. Your referees must upload these letters through the online application system. The country information part of the application contains instructions on how to register your referees. They will not accept letters of recommendation sent by email or mail.
  4. Although a letter of invitation from a US host institution is generally recommended, it is not needed.
  5. It is discouraged for applicants to request association with their alma mater. As much as practicable, the Fulbright Program will honor institutional affiliation preferences. Applicants who are unfamiliar with American universities might request that the Fulbright Program choose a suitable host institution for them.
  6. Applicants should be aware that laboratory fees are not included in the Fulbright SARSP’s normal benefits package and are only awarded on a case-by-case basis and if funding is available.


Admission deadline:  

The application deadline Fulbright South African Research Scholar Program (SARSP) 2022 is May 1, 2022


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