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




Each year, United States scholars in a wide variety of academic disciplines teach and conduct research at educational institutions and non-profit organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa. Beyond their specific research or teaching objectives, Fulbright Scholars to the region build lasting relationships that serve as the foundation for future collaborations through activities such as developing affiliations between institutions in the United States and Africa, creating non-profit organizations with African colleagues, or assisting in training and curriculum development.





Rhonda BeLue, 2015-16 Researcher to Senegal at a diabetes screening and wellness event. Bambilor Senegal, Jan 2 2016.

Burkina Faso: Engineering and Environmental Sciences - Award #7017
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 research capacity. Develop institutional linkages and expand partner network.

Africa Regional Research Program: AIDS and AIDS-Related Research - Award #7006 | All Diciplines - Award# 7007
Research 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.

Sudan: All Disciplines - Award #7061
This country program, newly opened to applications for 2017-18, welcomes scholars interested in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses at a preferred host institution in country. Scholars may collaborate with faculty on staff training and curriculum development, as well as conduct research in area of specialization.

Republic of the Congo: All Disciplines - Award #7049
The Republic of the Congo welcomes scholars interested in confronting innovative approaches in democracy and governance, natural resource management, conflict resolution, entrepreneurship and economic growth, poverty reduction, the environment and education.

Zambia: Multiple Disciplines - Award #7068  (Copperbelt University)
Scholars are invited to teach/research in an area of specialization, contribute to faculty mentoring and training and offer seminars/workshops.

Rwanda: Science and Technology - Award #7056
The program to Rwanda is eager to welcome scholars in the STEM fields. Specializations of particular interest include parasitology, industrial or atmospheric chemistry, mechanical engineering, programming, software and linear programming, quantum, nuclei, quantum mechanics and computational physics.



Quotes from Scholars



Professor Audrey Kali with students of her Theories of Communication course at the University of Malawi Chancellor College, 2015-16

Botswana (Teaching/Research, 2013-14)
"The Fulbright for me as an individual is an indescribable life treasure of inestimable value. The general recognition and prestige that come with the mention of Fulbright is quite humbling. Every aspect of the Fulbright for me was very rewarding.The appreciation shown by my host Department is also a thing of great joy."

Burkina Faso (Teaching/Research, 2014-15)
"The experience opened my eyes on a part of the continent that I did not know. It allowed me to establish ties with individuals and organizations for the future and I am grateful for it."

Kenya (Teaching/Research, 2015-16)
"Professionally, this experience will greatly shape my teaching and scholarship in the future. In particular, my experience with my students in Kenya who were from around East and Central Africa really challenged and enriched my thinking about development and peace."

Lesotho (Research, 2014-15)
"This Fulbright experience has been very instrumental for me both personally and professionally. I have advanced my scholarship on this project significantly, and could not have done it without Fulbright's support. As you well know, an anthropologist's work is dependent on the ability to continue fieldwork, and the data I have collected is key to my continued ability to publish new material and has helped me to gain a greater understanding of the issues facing rural Basotho, particularly those coping with the impacts of HIV/AIDS."

Tanzania (Teaching/Research, 2014-15)
"My Fulbright experience has been, without a doubt, one of the most professionally and personally rewarding experiences of my career. It has already enriched my scholarship in countless ways. The value of the personal and professional relationships that I fostered during my Fulbright experience is immeasurable. Even as my research continues here in the U.S., I know that I will be able to collaborate with colleagues in Tanzania in the future."

Zimbabwe (Teaching/Research, 2014-15)
"The opportunity to spend ten months teaching in a Zimbabwean university really helped to expand my activities and learning. Spending time working in another country expands your perspectives, awareness, understanding, and knowledge."

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


Examples of Successful Projects



U.S. Scholar Royal Hartigan, (royal and blood drum spirit with elders and adinkra fabrics), Ghana, 2014-15

International Arbitration and Clinical Legal Education
ETHIOPIA, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa

Faculty Development to Support New MSc Research Programs in Natural Resources in Namibia: Carbon Cycle Responses to Climate Change in Drylands
NAMIBIA, Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek

Black Spirituality: An Essential Resource for Cultural Maintenance and Renewal
NIGERIA, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Sustainable Industrial Waste Management: Global Challenges and Opportunities
SOUTH AFRICA, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban

Implementing Patient-Centered Education in East Africa: A Prospective Cohort Study in Uganda
UGANDA, Makerere University, Kampala

  • 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 | Archive - Fulbright Flex Awards (March 16, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - Fulbright Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa (April 28, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - Teaching/Research Opportunities Through Fulbright (May 18, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - Global Hidden Gems (June 01, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - Virtual Advising: Sub-Saharan Africa (June 09, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - How to Craft a Project Statement (June 15, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - Fulbright Guide: Dissecting the Catalog (June 22, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - Fulbright: The Final Frontier (June 29, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - Reviewing Your Fulbright Application Package (July 27, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Webinar | Archive - Reviewing Your Fulbright Application Package (July 29, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT)
  • Past Fulbright recipients in Africa Sub-Saharan
    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
    Complete information on past Fulbright recipients in Africa Sub-Saharan can be found in the Scholar Directory.
  • 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
  • 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



Lisa Hendricks, Regional Lead, Africa, Sub-Saharan / Middle East and North Africa,
Alisha Scott, Program Officer, Africa, Sub-Saharan / Western Hemisphere,
Jared McCathren, Program Officer, Africa, Sub-Saharan,
Kaitlin Taylor, Program Coordinator, Africa, Sub-Saharan / Middle East and North Africa,


Regional staff listed in the Catalog of Awards