Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines


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.
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
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

Award Start Period
September 2023 - October 2023
Award Length
9 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

Teach undergraduate or graduate courses in any discipline taught at the host institution. Collaborate with faculty on staff training and curriculum development. Conduct research in the area of specialization, in addition to teaching responsibilities. 

Location Selection: Award must be undertaken at one of the following institutions
Locations Detail
  • University of Abomey-Calavi, in Calavi, a neigboring city to Cotonou
  • Catholic University of West Africa, in Cotonou
  • African School of Economics, in Calavi, a neigboring city to Cotonou
  • University of Parakou, in Parakou, north of Benin

Correspond with the host institution to determine whether specializations are of interest.

University of Abomey-Calavi:

Administrative Assistant
In charge of American Cooperation
International Relations Division/
International Cooperation Office/
University of Abomey-Calavi
(229) 96 12 63 43

Please note that many faculties and institutes make up the university, including the National School of Applied Economics and Management. For teaching in physics, including pattern recognition and classification, remote sensing or Bayesian networks, the university's Institute of Mathematics and Physical Sciences is located in Porto Novo.

The African School of Economics/ASE – Benin:
Professor Leonard Wantchekon, CEO
Email: lwantchekon@gmail.com
Akassato, Abomey-Calavi
02 BP 372 Cotonou (Benin)
Campus : (+229) 23 11 40 18
Administration : (+229) 21 36 38 73

Catholic University of West Africa, Cotonou:
Edoh Fokomlan Bedjra, Chancellor
Email: ucao_benin@yahoo.fr
Tel: (+229) 21 305 118

University of Parkaou:

Email: univ-parakou@gmail.com Tel: +22923610712 OR Dr. Mathias Azoua, Professor of Linguistics and Didactics, English Department Mathias.azoua@yahoo.fr Tel: 229 97601220

Award Length and Period

Grants may begin in September/October 2023 in accordance with the host institution's schedule.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is preferred.
Language Proficiency Requirements
Required Proficiency

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

Teaching is in English for American studies and linguistics; some French proficiency is useful for daily living. French language fluency is required for teaching in all other areas. If planning to teach in English for aforementioned fields, required language level is intermediate.

Additional Qualification Information

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

Additional Comments

Contacts at the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou:

Laurent Akpo, Cultural Affairs Assistant
Email: akpol@state.gov
Tel: + 229 21 367687

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 Republic of Benin is a West African country of more than 10 million people, known for its vibrant culture and for its history as a tolerant and democratic country. Since 1990, the country has transitioned power peacefully and has been cited as one of the best political models in the West African Sub-region, though some observers are concerned about recent electoral changes and restrictions on free expression.  The government of Benin has introduced several reforms at the level of primary, secondary and university education. Some of these measures include i) introducing the teaching of English language at state-owned primary schools, ii) making proficiency in English a key requirement for Master and PhD students, iii) evaluating and reclassifying all public schools teachers, iv) suspending non-accredited private schools and universities, including the establishment of a national exam to certify degrees conferred by private institutions.

Benin has two major public university systems, the University of Abomey Calavi in the South and the University of Parakou in the North, each with several satellite campuses.  In addition, several private universities have a growing need for qualified academics to lecture and conduct research in areas such as: literature, linguistics, agribusiness, finance, management, economics, and American Studies. The academic year generally begins in October and ends in June. French language is required to facilitate interaction with students and for use in daily life.

The U.S. Embassy located in the capital city Cotonou offers guidance on visa, housing and security issues. English language schools are available for dependent children in grades K-12 who accompany scholars. The Embassy in is committed to building Beninese youth and students’ capacities in entrepreneurship, women's empowerment or English language acquisition through training, outreach programs and daily sessions held inside the embassy. Fulbright Scholars can greatly contribute in achieving such goals.

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