Fulbright Scholar Award

Public Health

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
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
August 2023
Award Length
9 months - 10 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Medical Sciences
Public Health
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

All projects must include a substantial teaching component. Scholars will teach undergraduate or graduate courses in Public Health at one of three specified locations in Botswana, and in accordance with the needs of the host institution. Additionally, Scholars will assist with developing public health curriculum/courses, and training manuals. Scholars will conduct staff development activities, including hosting symposiums and giving talks on current research in area of specialization. Scholars may also conduct research in their area of specialization if available.

Award must be undertaken at one of the following institutions
Locations Detail
  • Center for HIV/AIDS, University of Botswana
  • Department of Allied Health Sciences, Botho University
  • Department of Dietrics, Boitekanelo College

Please look under "Additional Comments" for insitution contact information.

Award Length and Period

Grants can be nine to 10 months, depending on the needs of the host institution. 

Areas of Interest

University of Botswana welcomes applications focusing on HIV/AIDS (public health - epidemiology, biological sciences, healthy policy and health communications, medical sciences).

Botho University welcomes applications in Health Information Management (disease coding, medical transcription, epidemiology, bio-statistics, health information management, medical databases, health ethics).

Boitekanelo College welcomes applications in the area of disease informatics, nutrition and occupational safety training.

Special Features

The host institution will provide all logistics with reference to accommodation and local transport arrangements in the first two weeks while the scholar is settling. A scholar, in consultation with U.S. Embassy Gaborone, may choose to work with more than one of the acceptable host institutions, but must choose one as the primary host.

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.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Scholars are encouraged to contact the host institution directly regarding a placement within the department.

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 and research will be in English; additional language proficiency is not required. Learning basic Setswana may be useful for research purposes.

Additional Qualification Information

Scholars with at least five years of postdoctoral teaching/professional experience at the university level or research organization are preferred.

Additional Comments

University of Botswana
Mrs. Kaboyaone Hiri-Khudu
Deputy Director, International Education and Partnerships
Tel: 267- 355-4139
Email: khuduk@mopipi.ub.bw

Boitekanelo College
Ms. T. Keolopile
Department of Public Health
Email: tkeolopile@boitekanelo.ac.bw

Botho University
Admore Nyamaka
Department of Allied Health Sciences
Tel: 267 3919999 ext 450.
Cell: +267 72301819
E-mail: admore.nyamaka@bothouniversity.ac.bw

Marang Mutuna
Associate Dean, Student Services and International Development
Tel: 267 3919999
Cell: +267 75544098.
E-mail: marang.mutuna@bothouniversity.ac.bw

U.S. Embasy Gaborone: FulbrightBotswana@state.gov

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 selected by CIES, 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. 

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$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 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 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?

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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