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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.
Applications that include a teaching component are highly encouraged, but professional projects are also acceptable, particularly in the fields of cybersecurity, FinTech, computing, entrepreneurship and business incubators.
Generally speaking, scholars will teach undergraduate or graduate courses in their area of specialization; advise students and provide guidance on research techniques; develop courses and training manuals; supervise theses and dissertations. Scholars may also conduct research in their area of specialization, in combination with teaching responsibilities. Interested scholars may organize seminars or workshops focused on developing and building the capacity of faculty in their host institutions.
For Scholars who will be hosted at Botha University's Faculty of Computing, they should prepare to teach undergraduate courses in cybersecurity or Financial Technology (FINTECH), approximately 8 hours per week. Courses will include lectures along with hands-on tutorials. The Scholar will be assigned local teaching instructors and assistants to help with the tutorials, and is expected to provide a complete guide on how labs and tutorials should be run, and provide TIs and TAs with training as necessary. The emphasis should be on practical hands-on experience. The Scholar will also be expected to co-supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students and to deliver a training in Cyber Security and/or Digital Forensics with a focus on FINTECH for faculty, and possibly other stakeholders.
The US Mission in Gaborone may ask the scholar to engage with partners of similar interests and conduct outreach to share and exchange expertise in FINTECH.
Grants may be 6-10 months in length and start in August or September, in accordance with host institution needs.
The following disciplines are of special interest to the U.S. Mission in Gabarone: Democracy, Gender Equality, Water Management, Energy Resources, and Cultural Preservation.
University of Botswana welcomes applications for HIV/AIDS related work in the following disciplines: anthropology, area studies, communications, economics, education, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, history and environmental sciences.
University of Botha welcomes applications for computing/cyber security/digital forensics/FinTech.
Letter from the host institution is required
For academics, a PhD and more than 5 years of teaching, research, and graduate supervision is desired. For non-academics, more than eight years of professional experience within the area of specialization and some teaching experience is desired.
Round-trip, economy-class, international travel arranged by travel agent designated by IIE, for scholar and up to two accompanying dependents. A $2,850 allowance will be provided to cover the costs associated with relocation and excess baggage.
$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 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.
When university housing is provided to Fulbright Scholars, grantees will receive a supplemental housing allowance for refurbishments, utilities, and other miscellaneous expenses that arise.
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 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.
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.
The academic year consists of two semesters: August to December and January to May. English medium schools (otherwise known referring to private schools), including Westwood International, Maru-a-Pula, Northside, Thornhill, Broadhurst Primary School, Rainbow International School, Al-Nur International School, and Hillcrest are available in Gaborone for dependent children in grades K-12 who accompany the Scholar. Other towns may have private schools as well.
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