U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda : 2020-2021 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

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The U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2020-2021 Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP), a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Two categories of grants are offered through ARSP: (1) research grants and (2) program and curriculum development grants.

RESEARCH GRANTS:

Awards of three (3) to nine (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 between August 2020 and March 2021. Applicants must hold a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree. Preference will be given to individuals who have at least three (3) years of university teaching experience and a productive scholarly record.

PROGRAM AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT GRANTS:

Awards of three (3) to five (5) 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 between August 2020 and March 2021. 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.

HIV/AIDS:

ARSP also 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 as either research scholars or program and curriculum development scholars with an HIV/AIDS focus.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

1. 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 2020-2021 FULBRIGHT AFRICAN RESEARCH SCHOLAR PROGRAM (ARSP)

2. Applicants must be citizens of the country from which they apply or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid passport issued by that country.

3. 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.

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

5. Applications for doctoral dissertation research, postdoctoral research immediately following the completion of a doctorate, or general professional travel, are ineligible.

6. Preference to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright grant and who have had limited experience in the United States.

7. Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in English to carry out their research projects and collaborate effectively with colleagues.

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

9. Scholars who were unsuccessful in previous competitions may revise their proposals, update curriculum vitae, obtain current letters of reference, and re-apply

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested applicants must complete the online application at https://apply.iie.org/fvsp2020, no later than May 15, 2019. When accessing the application system for the first time, applicants will be asked to create an account that they will use while completing applications. The system allows applicants to update their applications in multiple sittings until it is ready to submit.

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

2. Each application must include three (3) letters of reference.

3. Letters of invitation are strongly encouraged but not required. IIE will honor institutional affiliation preferences as far as possible. Applicants unfamiliar with U.S. institutions may request that IIE identify suitable placements.

4. Laboratory fees are not part of the standard benefits package for ARSP and are awarded on a limited, case-by-case basis, and only if funding is available. Questions about the Fulbright African Research Scholar Program (ARSP) can be addressed to U.S. Embassy Kigali by email at KigaliFulbright@state.gov.

For more information,please visit https://rw.usembassy.gov/call-for-applications-2020-2021-fulbright-visiting-scholar-program/

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