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.
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
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

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
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
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

Scholars will teach advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in any discipline offered at a participating host institution and may provide tutorials and student advising. They may also supervise graduate student research and mentor faculty. Conduct research in area of specialization, in addition to teaching responsibilities. Applicants combining teaching and research are advised to plan on an 80:20 teaching-to-research ratio.

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

Participating public universities:

University of Douala
Professor François Xavier Etoa

University of Dschang
Professor Roger Tsafack Nanfosso
infos@tsafack-nanfosso.com or udsrectorat@yahoo.fr

University of Ngaoundéré
Prof. Ms. Chinje Uphie Melo

University of Maroua
Professor Idrissou Alioum

University of Yaounde I
Professor Maurice Aurelien Sosso

University of Yaounde II Soa
Professor Adolphe Minkoa She

Participating Private Universities:

Catholic University of Central Africa Yaounde
Professeur Abbé Jean Bertrand Salla  
rectorat@recteur@ucac-icy.net; fntonga@yahoo.fr; absalla@yahoo.fr

Protestant University of Central Africa (UPAC) Yaounde
Rev. Professor Timothy Bouba Mbima

Saint Jerome Catholic University Institute of Douala

Mr. Powohe Emmnuel, General Administrator: epowole@yahoo.fr

PKFokam Institute of Excellence, Cameroon

Professor Thomas Njine, Rector, njinet@yahoo.fr; thomas.njine@pkfokaminstitute.com


Centre Pasteur Cameroon Malaria Research Laboratory
Dr. Lawrence Ayong

Areas of Interest

Applications in all disciplines are accepted. The following fields are of particular interest to Cameroonian universities: agriculture, American history, American literature, anthropology, archaeology, art, biological sciences, business administration, chemistry, communications, computer sciences, economics, education, engineering, environmental sciences, geography, geology, information sciences, journalism, linguistics, mathematics, medical sciences, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology and sociology.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Not applicable – all U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, regardless of dual citizenship or residency.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is preferred.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Submitting a letter of invitation from the host institution is not required at the application stage; however, a letter of invitation is required to obtain a visa for Cameroon. Applicants are advised to correspond with potential host institutions to determine if their specializations fits into existing programs, and to obtain a letter of invitation. 

Language Proficiency Requirements
Required (Intermediate): 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

Language requirements vary per institution due to the bilingual nature of Cameroon.  All teaching at the Catholic University of Central Africa is in French.  In the other universities, professors may teach in English or French, but they need to have a working knowledge of French. Non-native speakers must submit a language proficiency evaluation.

Additional Qualification Information

Scholars with a minimum two years postdoctoral university or college teaching experience are preferred.

Additional Comments

In Cameroon undergraduate classes are large in public schools (350-3,500 students and more).  Advanced and graduate-level classes tend to be smaller (below 350). 


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 dependents. These amounts range from $200/month to $500/month. 

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

Dependent education allowance 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?

In Cameroon, undergraduate classes are large (350-3,500+ students) in public schools but advanced and graduate classes are smaller (less than 350). The academic year runs from October through July. There are two semesters: October-January and February-June.

Cameroon has an official bilingual policy. However, French speakers outnumber English speakers by a 4:1 ratio. Therefore, working knowledge of French is recommended.

There are several international-standard elementary (primary) schools in Yaounde and Douala for dependent children in Pre-K and K-12. Grantees residing outside of these two cities will need to research school options and decide if they are appropriate for their dependents.


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