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Fulbright Program


                            2013-2014 FULBRIGHT PROGRAMS

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government.  Administered by the Department of State and the Institute of International Education (IIE), the program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.   U.S. Embassy Lilongwe’s Public Affairs Section manages the Fulbright Program in Malawi and nominates candidates to the Fulbright Scholarship Board in Washington, DC.  Available opportunities include the Fulbright Junior Staff Development Program; International Fulbright Science and Technology Award; Hubert Humphrey Program; Fulbright African Research Scholar Program and Professional Development Program.

Awards are granted for study toward one degree only, for a maximum of two years.  The Grant awards guarantee full funding in a specific year: round-trip travel, insurance coverage, tuition and fees, maintenance allowance, books and supplies, and course-required field trips.  Depending on availability of Fulbright funds, grant awards may also include a pre-academic orientation in the first year.

Fields of Study: Agricultural development/agricultural economics; business; economic development; finance and banking; natural resources and environmental management; and public health and policy/management

Eligibility Requirements:
The Fulbright Junior Staff Development Program is intended for individuals who meet the following criteria.

  • Applicants must be Malawian citizens or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid passport issued by Malawi. 
  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree or above, with a record of outstanding academic achievement and preparation in their chosen filed of study. They must show high motivation and serious commitment to completing the program and to returning to Malawi.
  • Applicants must be candidates for either an advanced degree in their current field or a specialized non-degree program in a field for which they are well prepared. Applicants who wish to pursue study in a field other than their current field of study must demonstrate adequate background in that field.
  • Applicants must be affiliated with or committed to working at an academic, public, or private institution upon returning home and should have the endorsement of their home institution. 
    Applicants must be sufficiently proficient in English to enable them to complete a full-time program of graduate study in the United States.
  • Applicants must be between 25 and 50 years of age.

Preference will be given to candidates who have not studied overseas at all in the last 5 years.  Detailed information about the Award including a list of frequently asked questions is available at

Applicants are required to take the GRE and expected to achieve a quantitative score of at least 700; they must have a high level of English verbal and written fluency with a TOEFL score (or equivalent) of 580 or higher; and, they must be in good health.  While no written report is required to apply, a candidate is required to submit a health report and obtain medical clearance before becoming a grantee.