Fulbright Program: A gateway for scholars to connect with American academia

The Fulbright Program is the government of the United States’ premier initiative for cross-cultural and educational exchange.

The program offers researchers and students from more than 160 nations the chance to learn, teach, do research, share ideas, and advance international understanding.

Over 1,700 scholarships are awarded annually through the Fulbright Scholarship Program for Academics and Professionals, enabling 800 US Scholars and 900 visiting scholars to go to the US.

In addition to making a difference in your chosen industry and in communities both domestically and abroad, being a Fulbright Scholar will help you progress your career by connecting you with a network of successful alumni.

Details on how Nigerians can apply to the program are provided below.

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program:

About 900 professionals from all over the world receive funding via the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program each year to conduct advanced research and lecture at American universities.

Over a hundred different countries’ researchers can apply for these awards. If you fit the criteria, you can submit an application through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or the public affairs office of the American embassy in your native nation.

The duration of the exchange program varies from three to twelve months.

You can get details on how to apply, such as deadlines, by contacting the Fulbright Commission or the American embassy’s public affairs department. Find out more here.

Scholar-in-Residence Programme:

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (S-I-R) Program is a unique Fulbright Scholar initiative that is driven by American higher education institutions’ goals to promote internationalization efforts on their campuses.

As part of the S-I-R Program, a university hosts a scholar from abroad for a semester or the complete academic year.The scholar contributes to the creation of curricula, guest lectures, collaborations for study abroad and exchange programs, and involvement with the local community and campus.

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Enrichment Programs:

The Enrichment Program offers a variety of enrichment programs to existing Fulbright Visiting Scholars during the academic year in various places on behalf of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

The Fulbright Program’s goal of encouraging greater understanding between Americans and individuals from other countries is advanced by these events, which are meant to aid researchers in their understanding of American culture.

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Outreach Lecturing Fund:

The Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) supports universities in hosting Fulbright Visiting Scholars for brief speaking engagements while they are already in the country.

Through lectures, the prize seeks to advance academic disciplines and cross-cultural understanding for the benefit of both institutions and Visiting Scholars.

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