South Africa Fulbright Foreign Student Program (FFSP) for South Africans in 2022/23

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in South Africa invite applications for the South Africa Fulbright Foreign Student Program (FFSP) for the 2022/23 academic session.

The following opportunities are available:

  • VSR (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 Masters or Doctorate degrees. Scholarships are awarded for two years towards one degree – Master’s or Doctorate (renewable each year).

Worth of Award

  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree: 2 years of funding towards one degree. For Doctoral degrees, at least 2-3 years of study are required beyond the initial two years. Doctoral candidates need to secure their own personal or other funding to continue studying in the United States.
  • Non-Degree: Participation in a visiting research program for one academic year (9-10 months).
  • Fully funded awards generally cover the following, but can vary according to each grantee’s program:
    • Travel allowance and transportation from South Africa to the authorized U.S. destination
    • Health benefits
    • Settling in allowance upon arrival in the U.S.
    • Monthly maintenance allowance (to cover living expenses)
    • Tuition and fees
    • Book and computer allowance
    • J-1 visa sponsorship
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In order to be eligible for the South Africa Fulbright Foreign Student Program, you 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 U.S. are not eligible for the program).
  • have a four-year bachelor’s degree, or a three-year bachelor’s degree plus honors year, or a four-year B-Tech degree when applying for a Master’s.
  • have a Master’s degree when applying for a Doctoral degree.
  • be registered for a PhD with a South African university for Non-Degree (Visiting Student Researcher) studies.


  • Academic excellence.
  • Required scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for each specific field of study.
  • Clearly written study objectives.
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills with evidence of cultural sensitivity and a genuine desire to learn more about the United States and share with American citizens aspects of South African culture.
  • Experience and interest in extracurricular and community activities.
  • Evidence of leadership potential.
  • A desire to further the Fulbright Program and give back to your home country upon returning.
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How to Apply

All applications should be made online via the official website using this application link:

Deadline: The closing date for applications is May 14, 2021.


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