Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Botswana

Activity Type
Professional Project
A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.
Teaching
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.
Teaching/Research
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) not required
Career Profile
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.
Professionals
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

Up To
3
Award Start Period
August 2023 - September 2023
Award Length
6 months - 10 months
Flex Option
No
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
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 designated by the host institution
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
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
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

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.

Locations
Location Selection: Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

This award is open to all universities in Botswana.

Please contact FulbrightBotswana@state.gov or PASGaborone@state.gov if you have questions about the host institutions.

Award Length and Period

Grants may be 6-10 months in length and start in August or September, in accordance with host institution needs. 

Areas of Interest

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.

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 required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Letter from the host institution is required

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Qualification Information

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.  

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. 

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.

Botswana

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

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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