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

Up To
Award Start Period
July 2023 - October 2023 or January 2024
Award Length
5 months - 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
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

Teaching or treaching-research proposals are accepted. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in any discipline taught at any of the eligible universities. Contribute to curriculum development. Conduct research in area of specialization.

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

Eligible Public Universities:

  • Chuka University
  • University of Nairobi University
  • Kenyatta University
  • Moi University
  • Maseno University
  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Egerton University
  • Masinde Muliro University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Maasai Mara University
  • Karatina University
  • Kisii University
  • Pwani University
  • Laikipia University
  • University of Eldoret
  • Taita Taveta University
  • Technical University of Mombasa
  • Technical University of Kenya 

Eligible Private Universities:

  • United States International University-Africa
  • Daystar University
  • Catholic University of Eastern Africa
  • University of Eastern Africa Baraton
  • Africa Nazerene University
  • Kabarak University
  • Strathmore University
  • Kenya Methodist University
  • KCA University
Award Length and Period

A start date of September 2023 for 10 month grants is preferred but other start dates may be acceptable depending on the needs of the host institution. Shorter grants of five months or more beginning mid-January 2024 are possible.

Areas of Interest

The U.S.-Kenya strategic partnership elevates Kenya’s role as a leader in East Africa and an essential U.S. partner in building prosperity, democracy, and security in the region.  We use our Public Diplomacy programs to help the Embassy achieve its objectives in the country.  These objectives include security, economic empowerment, health and democracy.  In reviewing Fulbright applications to Kenya, priority will be given to those applications that are specifically or broadly related to these areas. 

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is preferred.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching will be in English; proficiency in another language is not required. Some knowledge of Swahili will be useful in social settings.

Additional Qualification Information

Scholars with five years or more of postdoctoral university or college teaching experience are preferred.

Additional Comments

In late 2012 and early 2013, the Kenyan government ran a major universities expansion program. While there are currently 31 public universities and 18 private chartered universities that are authorized to operate in Kenya, many of these universities still do not have capacity to host a Fulbright program. The U.S. Embassy is working closely with the new universities to establish relationships with the hope that they will be able to host Fulbright scholars to help build their capacity. Scholars wishing to apply to these recently established universities and constituent colleges must check with the Public Affairs Section at the Embassy in Nairobi,  KenyaExchanges@state.gov, for approval before submitting their final application.

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 new U.S.-Kenya strategic partnership elevates Kenya as a leader in East Africa and an essential U.S. partner in building prosperity, democracy, and security in the region. To fulfill its potential, Kenya must overcome significant internal challenges: weak democratic institutions, ethnic and political tensions, and restricted economic growth. Kenya is young with 75 percent of its population under 30. Youth and marginalized populations do not receive adequate education or economic opportunities, thus increasing the vulnerability of some audiences to extremist messaging.

The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs programs are meant to encourage dialogue among all Kenyans; promote STEAM education and EducationUSA; develop young leaders through our exchanges; engage our alumni; train and support free media; create programs on entrepreneurship; promote empowerment of women and girls among others.

The academic calendar differs from university to university and is subject to change; therefore timing of the grant is sometimes subject to change as well. Any alternate placements and starting dates will be negotiated with candidates selected for awards. If bringing children along, several private schools are available for dependent children who accompany the Scholar.  The International School of Kenya and Rosslyn Academy are recommended. 

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