Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship Programme 2023/202

Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship Programme 2023/2024

Fulbright Foreign Student is currently looking to fund undergraduates looking for scholarships.

Bursary Details

The Fulbright Foreign Student Programme is inviting applications for the 2023-2024 academic year.

The South African Fulbright Foreign Student Programme provides grants for South African university graduates to pursue post-graduate studies at a United States university in any subject (excludes MBA and studies that require contact with patients).

Students are selected through a rigorous application and interview process and receive a high level of support ranging from visa processing and health insurance to a comprehensive pre-departure orientation and re-entry session.

For more information on the programme, refer to the South Africa Fulbright Foreign Student Programme (FFSP) Application Guidelines.

Degree level

  • Visiting Student Researcher (non-degree) : South African PhD students enrolled with a South African University may apply to conduct one year’s research at a U.S. University as a Visiting Student Researcher (VSR). Current National Research Foundation (NRF) funded PhD students are encouraged to apply;
  • MA/PhD: Post-graduate students may apply for scholarships towards Master’s or Doctorate degrees. Scholarships are awarded for two years towards one degree – Master’s or Doctorate.

Fields of Study

  • All fields of study except MBA and studies that require patient contact.


  • The application deadline is 01 May 2023.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a South African citizen OR a permanent resident with a minimum of 5 years of permanent residency status in South Africa (Please note: S.A. nationals with dual citizenship from the United States are not eligible for the programme);

Have one of the following academic degrees:

  • Visiting Student Researcher: Must be registered for a PhD with a South African university at the time of application (May 1, 2023) as well as be registered still at the time that you will commence your research in the U.S. (August 2024);
  • When applying for a Master’s degree: Have a four-year bachelor’s degree, B-Tech degree or a three-year bachelor’s degree with an honours degree;
  • When applying for a Doctorate degree: a Master’s degree.

All Applicants should:

  • Have sufficient level of English proficiency to enable them to engage in graduate level study in the United States;
  • Be able to meet the minimum scores on required standardized tests such as the GRE and TOEFL (tested by Fulbright when invited to the semi-final round);
  • Display academic excellence;
  • Be highly motivated and committed to returning to S.A. after the programme;
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities;
  • Display a sense of social responsibility; be involved in extra-mural activities;
  • Have a desire to further Fulbright Alumni activities by giving back to your community/university upon returning;
  • Have an understanding of the cross-cultural sensitivity and flexibility needed to adjust successfully to life in the United States as a student;

Preference will be given to applicants who: 

  • Have not had recent and extensive experience in the U.S.;
  • Have not held a Fulbright Scholarship before
  • Students already studying in the United States are NOT eligible;
  • MBA and studies that require patient contact (human or animal) are excluded;
  • Clearly written study objectives;
  • The Selection Committee and the Interview Panel will also be looking for clear reasons for selecting your U.S. university preferences. The Fulbright Programme expects candidates to conduct a thorough university search and to identify institutions which are a strong fit for their academic, personal and professional goals.

Bursary Enquiries

Queries not addressed on the website may be sent to the Fulbright Office via: fpsa@state.gov

Conditions of Bursary

Documents and links

South Africa Fulbright Foreign Student Programme Website

South Africa Fulbright Foreign Student Programme Application Guidelines and Instructions

Essay Guidance

Fulbright foreign student programme 2024-2025 flyer

Application link

Bursary Inclusion

The Fulbright programme provides a high level of support to candidates.

  • Placement at a U.S. host university;
  • J1 visa sponsorship
  • Medical clearance;
  • Visa application fees;
  • International travel and health insurance;
  • Tuition and a living allowance while in the U.S.;
  • Travel allowance and transportation from South Africa to the authorized U.S. destination;
  • Settling in allowance upon arrival in the United States.
How to ApplyInterested candidates must apply online via the application link: Application Management (iie.org)

Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programmes.


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