Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
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
September 2023
January 2024
Award Length
9 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award will be required 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

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

Fulbright candidates may teach undergraduate students in a multitude of disciplines at Niamey’s Abdou Moumouni University, the oldest and most central university in Niger, or at the newest regional public universities in Maradi, Tahoua, and Zinder. The Regional Public Universities are relatively newly created and need more assistance than Niamey,  although security and access to technology outside of Niamey are challenging. Other technical universities such as the Institute of Journalism, the National School of Administration, the School of Mining, Industry & Geology, offer a variety of disciplines and subject matter. Founded by a Fulbright alumnus, Niger’s burgeoning private university, African Development University, is a premier private university that offers the opportunity for MBA-related courses and curriculum development. Scholars should also plan to conduct research in their area of specialization. 

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

No other institutions will be considered.

Award Length and Period

Grants must begin after August 2023, in accordance with the host institution's schedule. Grants beginning in January may be considered. 

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.
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

French ability is required for daily life. Teaching is in English for American literature; fluent French is required for teaching in other disciplines.

Additional Qualification Information

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

Additional Comments

Candidates are encouraged to correspond with the U.S. Embassy in Niamey for information about living in Niger and to connect with program alumni.  Please e-mail: Nigerexchanges@state.gov to connect with the Embassy's Public Affairs staff members.

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; books/materials 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 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?

Niger’s government has expanded higher education by establishing new universities in each of the country’s eight regions. From one university in 2005, eight universities and eight Institutes of Technology have opened over the past 12 years.

The creation of these universities has given more students the opportunity to pursue higher studies by mitigating the need to travel to the capital city where living conditions can be difficult without a scholarship. The resulting increase in the number of students has impacted the quality of the teaching, due to a lack of sufficiently qualified teachers and appropriate infrastructures. Fulbright Scholars may have the potential to engage with host institutions for teaching and research projects and also explore collaborations on curriculum co-development and capacity-building.

The academic calendar is based on a two-semester system; applicants should correspond with host institutions regarding their preferred areas of specialization.

Security precautions are necessary when traveling to remote areas of Niger. The U.S. Embassy provides advice on special security considerations. Please visit www.travel.state.gov to read the Country Specific Information on Niger and to view the latest Travel Warning.  Prospective applicants can also consult the Embassy Niamey website at https://ne.usembassy.gov/.

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