Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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Fulbright Study/Research Grants

Grant Period:

9 months

Fulbright grants will begin between October 2015 and March 2016, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe. Candidates seeking affiliation with the University of Malawi may want to check in with their contacts at that institution on a periodic basis, as it currently has no defined calendar.

Accepted Degree Levels:




Foreign Language Proficiency:

Not required, unless necessary for the successful completion of the project.

Additional Information: Although English is the official language, knowledge of the local language where one will be researching is an added advantage.

Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


Fulbright students affiliate with the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi or Mzuzu University, the Catholic University, various Malawian government ministries, and the Center for Social Research. Applicants may seek affiliation with any of the three options mentioned above. However, candidates are strongly encouraged not to pay any affiliation fees until they are formally offered a Fulbright award. The National Commission for Science and Technology, National Research Council of Malawi (NRCM) promotes and coordinates all research activities at the national level and ensures that research projects are geared to national development needs and goals.

Research Clearance:

An application for research clearance, together with complete biographical information, must be submitted early enough to reach the appropriate research coordinator at least six months before the date the applicant intends to conduct the research. Special permits might be required when conducting HIV/AIDS research. This permission is obtained through a special committee.

General Comments:

Applied research receives priority over purely academic research. Preference is given to research that will directly benefit Malawi and to projects that involve local people and institutions as a way to build local capacity in research. Applicants should indicate how their research will directly benefit Malawi and involve local people and institutions.


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright-Fogarty Public Health Fellowship: UNC Project-Malawi

UNC has had a presence in Malawi since 1990. UNC Project-Malawi, a collaboration between UNC and the Malawi Ministry of Health, was established in 1999 on the campus of Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe. UNC Project has grown to include more than 300 employees with research, clinical and laboratory space, and living quarters for students and visiting faculty. UNC Project’s current portfolio of activities spans clinical service delivery, public health program implementation, and clinical and operational research focused on HIV and STDs, other infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis, emergency obstetrics, cancer, family planning, surgery and trauma.

Students in Malawi may work in the following areas:

Sexually Transmitted Infections: The STI clinic at UNC Project is the setting for many treatment and prevention trials, most focused on the interaction between HIV and STI’s and also acute HIV. Since 2005, the STI clinic has had a robust, real-time database that tracks individual clinical, demographic and behavioral factors. Mentors:  Irving Hoffman, PA, MPH; Bill Miller, MD, PhD, MPH, Nora Rosenberg, PhD.

Cancer: Epidemiologic and clinical studies of Kaposi sarcoma and lymphoma are either ongoing or will be initiated soon through the Malawi Cancer consortium. Other ongoing cancer activities include maintenance of a hospital-wide cancer registry, continued development of a region-leading pathology laboratory, and screening and clinical studies for breast cancer. Students have previously conducted research on esophageal, head&neck, and breast cancer. Mentors:  Satish Gopal, MD, MPH; Agnes Moses, MD; Clara Lee MD, MPH.

Sickle Cell disorders: Our work is describing the epidemiology and natural history of sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait in Malawi. Cross-sectional and cohort studies on the degree and mechanisms of activation of coagulation and inflammation in sickle cell disease are being conducted. Mentors: Satish Gopal, MD, MPH.

Trauma/Burns: Several research projects addressing traumatic injury, burns, and common general surgery emergencies are ongoing. UNC surgery faculty and residents also work with KCH clinicians to provide perioperative and surgical care.  Mentors: Anthony Charles, MD

Maternal Health and Obstetric Fistula: UNC physicians in OB-GYN and infectious diseases are working with the CDC and other partners to plan prospective evaluations in emergency obstetrics education.  The Freedom from Fistula Foundation operates a full-time fistula unit UNC has instituted a comprehensive obstetric fistula database and are currently probing a number of unanswered questions in this field including staging, prediction of surgical success, rates of co-morbid conditions and other topics. Mentors: Jeff Wilkinson, MD; Jennifer Tang, MD

Contraception and Family Planning:  Investigators have completed studies on immediate postpartum contraception and interactions between HIV, antiretrovirals and hormonal contraception.   Planned activities include the evaluation of various family planning interventions on family planning uptake, with a focus on the postpartum period and long-acting reversible contraception. Mentors:  Jennifer Tang, MD

Universal ART for pregnant and breastfeeding women: Together with the Malawi Ministry of Health, UNC Project has rolled out universal test-and-treat ART for all pregnant and breastfeeding women—known as Option B+. We are conducting a cluster randomized clinical trial evaluating support strategies for improving uptake and retention in the program and are conducting an in depth safety and effectiveness cohort study for women on first and second line therapy in the program.  Also, there is a monitoring and evaluation and operational research team working to optimize delivery of PMTCT and ART services and identify best practices for the integration of additional services such as point of care testing, couple recruitment and retention strategies, community-based active case finding of program defaulters, and scale-up of infant HIV-1 DNA PCR testing. Mentors: Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH; Innocent Mofolo, MSc, Nora Rosenberg, PhD

New technologies for HIV and TB Diagnosis: Many companies are working on point of care assays to better diagnose and monitor HIV infection and tuberculosis. UNC Project has been working with more sensitive diagnostic testing capacity, but it is unclear how these tests should be integrated into the TB and HIV programs. Research activities will include development of optimal screening algorithms. Mentors: Irving Hoffman, PA, MPH; Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH; Peter Gilligan, PhD; Debbie Kamwendo, MS; Bill Miller, MD, MPH; Charles van der Horst, MD, Nora Rosenberg, PhD

Treatment of HIV: The Malawi ART program, initiated in 2004, has now evolved to provide more comprehensive integrated services including family planning, cervical cancer screening, tuberculosis screening and treatment, pre-ART, and other prevention programs, including anti-malaria bednet distribution. Fellows may develop projects focused on program evaluation of existing services or models of integration within the program. Mentors: Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH; Sam Phiri, PhD

 Social and Behavioral: This is a cross-cutting area that intersects with many of the above clinical areas. UNC Project is involved in researching depression among HIV-infected patients, male involvement as a facilitator of multiple sexual and reproductive health behaviors, alcohol use among commercial sex workers, and psychosocial outcomes of obstetric fistula and breast cancer. Mentors: Nora Rosenberg, PhD, William Miller, MD, PhD

Grant Period:

9 months

Candidate Profile:

Medical students who will have completed 3 years of medical school at the time the fellowship starts or students in epidemiology programs, with preference given to those who have at least an MPH.

Accepted Degree Levels:



Foreign Language Proficiency:

Not required, unless necessary for the successful completion of the project.

Additional Information: Although English is the official language, knowledge of the local language where one will be conducting research is an added advantage.

Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


The candidate will be based at the UNC Project-Malawi in Lilongwe.

The U.S. partner for this project is the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Project Contacts:


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship

The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship affords participants the opportunity to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience while also carrying out an academic research/study project. Please click here for more detailed information about the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship and application guidelines.

Grand Period:

10 months

Candidate Profile:

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements from all applicable public policy areas and academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply and will be eligible for selection and placement.

Candidates for the Fulbright Public Policy fellowship must:

  • Be U.S. Citizens
  • Have a Master’s with an area of focus that is applicable to public policy, or a JD degree OR be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program prior to the grant period which will commence in Fall 2015. Candidates who hold a doctoral degree at the time of application are not eligible.
  • Have at least two years of full-time, professional work experience in policy-related fields.
  • Meet the language proficiency requirement

To learn more about the current Fulbright Public Policy Fellows, you may access their profiles here.


Proficiency in English is required.

Note: Public Policy Fellows will be required to effectively carry out a position in a foreign government ministry seamlessly.  Meeting the language requirements is critical for completing the daily requirements of the professional placement.  Applicants should also keep in mind that they will be living and need to function in the local economy.  They should be cognizant of this requirement especially in cases in which the official or working language(s) of government differ from the language used in daily life by the local population. Proficiency will be determined by the application and also will be verified at various times in the application process, including an interview to determine language level.


Unlike the traditional Fulbright program, candidates should NOT affiliate with an in-country host institution during the application process. Candidates must NOT seek their own placements at this stage and must NOT submit any letters regarding placements/affiliations with their applications.  Candidates who do not follow these guidelines may be deemed ineligible.

Application Process:

Applications will be accepted from May 1, 2014 – October 14, 2014. Please make sure you carefully review the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship overview and application FAQs before you apply.


If you have questions about the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, please email Jermaine Jones.

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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.