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The Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is an internationally recognized program existing in over 140 countries, the goal of which is to promote greater understanding between the United States and other nations through academic, professional, and cultural exchange. The Fulbright Program in Ethiopia offers a variety of opportunities for both Americans and Ethiopians interested in graduate study, lecturing, academic research, and other activities.
The Cultural Section administers the twelve different grant programs in Ethiopia and receives all grant applications from Ethiopians. The twelve grant programs are briefly described below. More information

  1. Junior staff development program

    The JSD Program is open to Ethiopian public and private university graduates and to graduate students in all fields of studies. This program supports study for: a master's degree program at a U.S. university for no more than two academic years.

    Applicants must be Ethiopian citizens permanently residing in Ethiopia who have a university first degree.
  2. Fulbright Student Program for Americans

    Grants for American college and university graduates fund ten months of study in Ethiopia in the humanities, social sciences, pure and applied sciences, and the creative and performing arts. Additional information and application procedures can be found at
  3. Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Ethiopians

    The Fulbright Senior Scholar Program is open to scholars who have established themselves in their fields and wish to take advantage of the opportunity to further their professional development through research or lecturing activity in the United States. The candidate must have a M.A. degree (as a minimum requirement), a proven record of research activities and publications, and well-developed English skills. Applicants must be Ethiopian citizens permanently residing in Ethiopia.

    Grantees are chosen in a competitive process which includes submission of an application and project proposal, peer review of the proposal and final selection by a reviewing panel. Applicants may submit project proposals for grants from 3 to 9 months.
  4. Fulbright Scholar Program for Americans

    American scholars are funded for research and/or lecturing throughout Ethiopia for ten months. For additional information and application materials, see
  5. Fulbright Senior Specialist Program for Americans

    As a complement to the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, the Senior Specialist Program funds American academic experts who wish to undertake two to six-weeks projects in host country academic institutions. Activities may include presenting lectures; leading seminars and workshops; conducting needs assessments, surveys, research; participating in academic programs, conferences, seminars; consulting with administrators and faculty; assess and develop academic curricula or educational material; conduct teacher training.

    Ethiopian universities interested in hosting Senior Specialists must be willing to provide in-country transportation, meals and lodging. The Fulbright Program funds international transportation and provides a stipend to the Senior Specialist. For additional information, see Applications for Senior Specialist grants are accepted at any time.
  6. Fulbright New Century Scholars Program for Ethiopians and Americans

    The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Fulbright New Century Scholars Program (NCS), one of several initiatives launched over the last few years to bring new depth and public visibility to the traditional Fulbright Senior Scholar Program. NCS is a global program that annually brings together 25-30 research scholars and professionals from the U.S. and from participating countries around the world. Through a series of three, in-person seminars and a traditional Fulbright exchange visit, NCS Scholars engage in collaborative thinking and multi-disciplinary research on a theme of global significance. The first four years of the program addressed the topics of global health; sectarian, ethnic and cultural conflict within and across national borders; the global empowerment of women; and higher education in the 21st century. Candidates are nominated by the Cultural Section of the U.S. Embassy. Please see for additional information.