Fulbright Postgraduate Programme (USA)

The South African Fulbright Foreign Student Programme provides grants for South African university graduates to pursue postgraduate studies at an American university in any subject.

Please read through the South Africa Fulbright Foreign Student Program Application Guidelines and Instructions provided at the end of this page before commencing your application

The following opportunities are available:

  • 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.
  • 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 (renewable each year).

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.


    • 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)
    • For Non-Degree (Visiting Student Researcher) studies: Must be registered for a PhD with a South African university
    • 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 Master’s
    • Have a Master’s degree when applying for a Doctoral degree
    • What do we look for in our applicants?
      • 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
      • The Selection Committee and the Interview Panel will also be looking for clear reasons for selecting your U.S. university preferences. The Fulbright Program expects candidates to conduct a thorough university search and to identify institutions which are a strong fit for their academic, personal and professional goals.

Guidance for applications 

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