Friday 1 April 2016

The Fulbright Visiting Student Program Junior Staff Development (JSD) Fund

The Junior Staff Development Programme is a non-degree programme funded by the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York. It is targeted at young and exceptionally promising faculty members who wish to conduct their doctoral research in the United States.

The programme is designed primarily to strengthen capacities of African universities through higher degree training and to develop the potential of their academic staff.

Note: While the opportunity described in this post is for Nigerian nationals, it is part The Fulbright Program which is active in more than 160 countries. Check out the Global Fulbright Program page for more opportunities applicable to your country.

  • Grant Award.
  • Exposure to leadership skills and voluntary service with a view to sensitizing grantees to imbibe these values when they return home.
  • Exposure to the U.S. education system and standard research facilities for timely completion of grantees' doctoral programmes.

June 1, 2016

  • Applicants must be citizens or nationals of Nigeria, or permanent residents holding a valid passport issued by the government of Nigeria.
  • Applicants must be doctoral students and have the endorsement of their home institution.
  • Applicants must be at least two years into their doctoral programme in any discipline.
  • Preference will be given to those applicants in the areas of natural and social sciences, arts, and humanities.
  • Applicants must have an outstanding academic record and high level of English proficiency.
  • Applicants must meet a minimum score of 100 in the internet based TOEFL test.
  • Applicants must have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the programme as scheduled and to returning home.
  • Only applicants with strong proposals, outlining their research objectives, methodology, time-frame, and justification for conducting the research in the U.S. will be short-listed for interviews.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not studied in the U.S.
  • Applicants in business, law and accounting should understand that most U.S. institutions rarely accept research students in these fields due to high demand for full-time programmes and tuition concerns. As a consequence, there are great challenges in finding placements for such grantees unless their proposals are tilted toward economics, development-related areas, democracy, human rights and conflict resolution.

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