South African Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2025 – 2026

Scholarship Summary

The The Fulbright Program has the following scholarship opportunities available in South Africa:
– Visiting Student Researcher.
– Master’s or Doctoral Degree.

Closing date: 17 April 2024

View the eligibility criteria and apply to further your studies in the United States of America. 

About the South African Fulbright Foreign Student Program

The South African Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides grants for South African university graduates to pursue post-graduate studies at a United States university (excludes MBA and studies that require clinical contact with patients).

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.

Scholarships to work toward your Master’s or PhD studies in the United States.

Available opportunities

The following opportunities are available:

Visiting Student Researcher (non-degree): 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 (VSR).

Current National Research Foundation (NRF) funded PhD students are encouraged to apply.

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Master’s or PhD: 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.


  • Be a South African citizen or a permanent resident (minimum 5 years).
  • For Non-Degree (Visiting Student Researcher) application: Must be registered for a PhD with a South African university.

  • Have a four-year Bachelor’s degree, BTech degree or a three-year Bachelor’s degree plus honors year when applying for Master’s.
  • Have a Master’s degree when applying for a Doctoral degree.

Application Link: 

Application deadline: April 17, 2024

Prospective Fulbright participants should be aware that public health conditions, availability of consular services and travel, as well as U.S. institutional operating status and policies may affect their ability to travel to the U.S. and participate in academic programs.

Guidance for applicants – Read before commencing your application:


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