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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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 are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicant should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar 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 the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



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. Citizens

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


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Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
Grant Period

9 Months

Grants will begin between August 2020 and March 2021, subject to the approval of the U.S. Embassy in Kampala.

Pre-Departure Orientation


As a condition of their grants, all grantees may be required to participate in a Pre-Departure Orientation during the summer of 2020.

Candidate Profile

Candidates should be self-motivated, flexible and adaptable. They should be ready to embrace a different culture from the one to which they are accustomed.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

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

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure affiliation with a university, research facility, or other appropriate institution. It is strongly recommended that applicants identify appropriate host institutions for their projects and that they include affiliation letters with their Fulbright applications. Applicants should be aware that some institutions, such as the Makerere Institute for Social Research (MISR) and the Center for Basic Research (CBR), require an affiliation fee. However, applicants should not pay this fee until they are formally offered a Fulbright award.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Affiliation fees are determined by the host institution.

Specific Considerations

Rebel and bandit activity in the areas along the Sudanese border in northern Uganda and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) along the western border have in a few instances made these areas unstable and insecure. Caution should be exercised when carrying out research near these borders. For the latest security information, Americans carrying out research abroad should regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where the current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Worldwide Caution can be found.

Health Considerations

Medical facilities in Uganda, including in Kampala, are limited and not equipped to handle most emergencies, especially those requiring surgery. Outside of Kampala, hospitals are scarce and offer only basic services. Equipment and medicines are often in short supply or unavailable. Researchers should carry their own supplies of prescription drugs and preventive medicines. Malaria is prevalent in Uganda. For additional information on malaria, including protective measures, see the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Travelers Health website. Information on vaccinations and other health precautions may be obtained from the CDC’s website. For information on outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website. Further health information is available here.

Research Clearance

The Uganda National Council of Science and Technology (UNCST) should approve all research projects, but candidates should not pay any fees until they are formally offered a Fulbright award. Approval for HIV/AIDS research must go through the Uganda National AIDS Research Committee.

Special Opportunities

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kampala manages a small but vibrant Fulbright program that welcomes applications in all fields,  especially those that support mission programs in health and education, as well as inclusive public institutions, and economic growth through improved access to domestic and international markets.


Dependent support is available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Dorothy Ngalombi/ Niles Cole