Africa, Sub-Saharan

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

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.

Countries by Region

West and Central Africa:
Opportunities in West Africa include awards in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. The region seeks scholars fluent in French to teach a wide variety of disciplines, as well as American studies and English literature scholars able to teach in English in a French setting. The English-speaking nations of Ghana and Nigeria are open to all disciplines. Ghana, specifically, has specialized awards for experienced scholars of mass communications, journalism and broadcasting and a specialized award in law.

East Africa:
Scholars may pursue Fulbright awards in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and the island of Mauritius. Most countries in East Africa offer an All Disciplines award, seeking scholars of many different disciplines and backgrounds. The awards in Rwanda are tailored specifically for banking, finance and health sciences. The awards in Mauritius are also specific and seek scholars in the area of bioinformatics and renewable energy and sustainable development.

Southern Africa:
Awards include research and teaching opportunities in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The awards of each country reflect the country’s current needs. There is a high demand in the region for awards in engineering and agriculture. South Africa has two broad awards in the categories of education, social sciences,humanities, professional fields and arts and science and technology.

African Regional Research Program (ARRP):
Award offers researchers the opportunity to propose an affiliation with an African-based organization. Scholars may choose to conduct research in up to three different African countries. The Flex Grant option may be used for researchers who propose an ongoing collaboration to return to one country multiple times. Also a part of ARRP, the Fogarty International Center offers six different postdoctoral research sites in six countries, including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

For more information on Sub-Saharan Africa Scholar experiences please visit the following:
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.