Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Up To
Award Start Period
October 2023
Award Length
10 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in a wide range of disciplines. Assist with thesis advising, graduate seminars and conferences. Conduct research in area of specialization. Grantees may likely teach two classes, advise graduate students and devote 40 percent of their time to research. It is also advised that grantees participate in additional activities to enrich their time in Senegal. Research-only proposals are not permitted under this award. 

Award must be undertaken at one of the following institutions
Locations Detail

The U.S. Embassy contact person is Kine Diakhate, Tel: + 221 33 879 48 98, Email: diakhatefk@state.gov.

Award Length and Period

Grants are for one academic year and may begin in October 2023 in accordance with the host institution's schedule.

Areas of Interest

The award is open in any discipline taught at the host institution, including all natural and earth sciences, computer science, economics, civil or mechanical engineering, environmental sciences, foreign languages, geography, humanities, law, linguistics, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, physics and sociology. Applications are encouraged in American literature, literary theory and contemporary U.S. history.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

The U.S. Embassy in Dakar can provide assistance to applicants: Public Affairs Section, Tel: + 221 33 879 48 98, Email: diakhatefk@state.gov.

Language Proficiency Requirements
Required (Advanced): French
Qualified Language Eval Required

Applicants must register qualified language evaluator, such as a language instructor or a translator, to conduct the external assessment in the application. Being a native speaker alone does not qualify an individual to conduct the assessment.

Applicants who are native speakers do not need to complete an external evaluation.

Required Proficiency
Required Languages
Additional Language Requirement

English is sufficient for teaching in American literature; conversational French is helpful for daily living. French language proficiency is required for teaching in all other disciplines; non-native speakers must submit a language proficiency evaluation.

Additional Qualification Information

Scholars with at least three years of postdoctoral university or college teaching experience are preferred.

Additional Comments

Universities in Senegal offer many research opportunities. The school calendar for public universities can be unpredictable due to student strikes. For health-related research, applicants will be required to obtain health research clearance from the Senegalese Ministry of Health.

Researcher and Professional Project Monthly Allowances
Teaching or Teaching/Research Award Monthly Allowances
Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Round-trip, economy-class, international travel arranged by travel agent designated by IIE, for scholar and up to two accompanying dependents. A $2,050 allowance will be provided to cover the costs associated with relocation and excess baggage. 

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$1,000 books and educational materials allowance; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure. (For Teaching and Teaching/Research awards only.) $3,000 research allowance for Research Awards only.

Additional Dependent Benefits

Additional living and housing allowance is provided for grantees with one accompanying dependent or two or more accompanying dependent. These amounts range from $200/month to $600/month. 

In addition, travel allowances are provided for up to two dependents.

Dependent education allowance of up to $12,500 per child or $25,000 per family for accompanying dependents in grades K-12 is reimbursed for a full academic year, upon submission of receipts, and depending on funding availability. Amount may be adjusted for shorter grant periods. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only. 

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.

Special Award Benefits

When university housing is provided to Fulbright Scholars, grantees will receive a supplemental housing allowance for refurbishments, utilities, and other miscellaneous expenses that arise. The full housing allowance will not be provided to grantees if they elect to decline on-campus or university housing.

Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of total monthly Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a monthly base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. Research-only or Professional Project grantees receive a standard stipend that is not adjusted for academic rank. In most cases, dependent benefits will not be provided to Flex grantees, or to grantees pursuing grants less than four months (or a semester) in length.

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The formal academic year in Senegal is from October through the end of July. The International School of Dakar and the Dakar Academy are available for dependent children in grades K-12 who accompany the Scholar. These schools start in August.

The university system in Senegal has been facing many challenges over the last 15 years. Scholars coming to Senegal should be flexible with their plans as adjustments may be necessary with short notice. 

Previous Fulbright Recipients

We can provide contact information if you need to get in touch with alumni from your host institutions.

Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.