Africa, Sub-Saharan

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Daphne Ntiri, Associate Professor, Wayne State University, Department of Africana Studies, Detroit, Michigan, Lecturing: African American and Women's Studies, Host: University of Ouagadougou, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Every year U.S. scholars in a wide variety of academic disciplines teach and conduct research at educational institutions and non-profit organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa.  U.S. Embassies in the region contribute to the program through their direction of an extensive network of scholars who teach, conduct research and share their expertise with colleagues and students.

Typically, Fulbright Scholars not only accomplish their grant-specific goals, they also build lasting relationships that serve as the foundation for on-going projects and other interactions on the personal and the institution level.

Among the work of grantees in previous years is:

  • Solidifying affiliations between home and host institutions in the U.S. and Africa
  • Creating non-profit organizations with African colleagues
  • Training and curriculum development during and beyond the grant term
  • Developing U.S. student study abroad and exchange opportunities in Africa
  • Mentoring African students to apply for opportunities in the U.S. 




Phillip Horton, Professor, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, Lecturing/Research: Educational Technology Training for University of Jos Faculty, Host: University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria

Burkina Faso: Engineering and Environmental Sciences
Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in water and sanitation engineering, energy, civil engineering or environmental science. Provide tutorials, supervise student projects and advise students. Assist with developing curriculum and host department research capacity. Develop institutional linkages and expand partner network.

Africa Regional Research Program: AIDS and AIDS-Related Research & All Diciplines
Research opportunities in up to three countries within Sub-Saharan Africa. Proposals in any specialization are to focus on AIDS and AIDS-related issues as they impact Sub-Saharan Africa, involve collaboration in host country or countries, include seminars or workshops and indicate plans for research dissemination in host country or countries as well as in the United States.

Madagascar: All Disciplines
Teach and research at University of Antananarivo with particular interest in the fields of American Literature and American Studies. Scholar may be given the opportunity to travel to Northern Madagascar and provide support to the University of Antsiranana's Department of Anglo-American Studies through consultations, or workshops.

Ghana: Law
Teach undergraduate and graduate law courses in any of the following areas: business, constitutional, environmental, human rights, intellectual property, investment, jurisprudence or public international. Assist with moot court, brief writing and student tutorials. Collaborate with faculty on curriculum and graduate program development. Scholars may also conduct research in their area of specialization.

Zambia: Journalism and Broadcasting
Provide courses and lectures in journalism and broadcasting to students, practitioners and faculty. Topics to be covered can include: reporting, ethics, new media, writing for online sources and news editing. Conduct research in area of specialization.

Rwanda: Business Administration, Economics and Finance
Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in business administration, economics or finance. Assist with curriculum development and faculty training.

  • These options, among many others, can be found in our Awards Catalog.


Examples of Successful Projects


Building Sustainable Relations Through Educational Pedagogy
CAMEROON, Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda

Development of Cross-Cultural Professional Nursing Skills
GHANA, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast

Social Foundations of Political Engagement in South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg

Evaluating Primary Caregiver's Rural Village Library Use and Other Impact Factors on Ugandan Preschool Childrens? School Readiness
UGANDA, Martyrs University, Nkozi

  • Complete information on past Fulbright recipients in Africa Sub-Saharan can be found in the Scholar Directory.




CIES offers a series of resources providing detailed information on many aspects of the Fulbright Scholar Program opportunities. Depending on your interests, you can find a wealth of answers to your specific questions in our upcoming and archived webinars.

  • Webinar - Virtual Advising: Ask CIES Everything You Want To Know About Fulbright Opportunities In Sub-Saharan Africa (May 14, 2015 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar - Fulbright Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa (March 26, 2015 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Presentation and Workshop Schedule - CIES program staff continue to visit university and college campuses countrywide, as well as participate in a range of conferences in the sciences. Please check the schedule to find out when program staff will be at an event near you. If you are interested in having CIES staff visit your campus and speak with department faculty about opportunities in your field, contact us at


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Warren Binford, South Africa, 2012-2013
Galia Boneh, Malawi, 2010-2012
Phillip Horton, Nigeria, 2004-2005
David Kelly, Sierra Leone, 2010-2011
Mary Grace Neville, Ghana, 2012-2013

The Fulbright Specialist Program also offers short-term grants ranging from two to six weeks that focus on addressing the needs of host institutions in various countries across the region. 



Contact Us


Jennifer Fox, Regional Lead,, 202-686-6239


Regional staff listed in the Catalog of Awards