The U.S. Embassy in Burkina Faso has launched the Fulbright Visiting Student (FVS) program for fourth-year university students, scholars, and professionals who wish to spend up to two years in a study, research, or professional development program in the United States.
Name of donor:United States Embassy in Burkina Faso
Size of the grant:Not available
Reference URL :https://bf.usembassy.gov/education
Funding is provided by the Government of the United States of America through the U.S. Department of State and varies by programme.
- This programme is designed primarily to strengthen African universities through advanced training for faculty members.
- A secondary objective is to strengthen other educational, cultural and professional institutions (such as museums, libraries, independent research institutes and ministries of education, planning or science and technology).
Types of programmes
Scholarships are available for the following types of programmes:
- up to two years in a study programme at a university in the United States for a master's (MA) or doctoral (PH.D) degree;
- up to one year of independent research at a US university under the supervision of a US professor; or
- up to one year of professional development in the US in professional fields (such as medicine or law) or creative fields (such as fine and performing arts, music and literature).
- Any person who is currently affiliated and who undertakes to continue working either in a higher education institution or in a public or private educational, cultural or vocational institution in their home country at the end of their programme.
- Only those who meet the following minimum requirements can apply through the US Embassy in Ouagadougou:
- Citizens or permanent residents of Burkina Faso who qualify to hold a valid passport issued by Burkina Faso;
- Persons who have or will have by July 2023 a university degree awarded after at least four years of full-time study sufficient to qualify them for admission to a graduate programme at a university in the United States;
- Persons who have the endorsement of their home institution; and
- People who are fluent in written and spoken English.
- Anyone who meets the minimum requirements can apply. However, those with the following characteristics are the most competitive candidates and therefore most likely to be selected:
- People who comply with the development objectives of Burkina Faso
- 4th year university students who have graduated or will graduate before July 2023 from a higher education institution in Burkina Faso;
- People who can achieve a TOEFL score of 575
- Individuals who wish to pursue a Master's degree (MA) or a PH. D in order to return to Burkina Faso to teach in an educational, cultural or professional institution;
- Individuals who have outstanding academic records, references and preparation in their fields;
- For professional development applicants (including artists, musicians and writers), individuals who have extraordinary skills and talent; and
- People who have never studied in the US
- Applications from women and 4th year students are encouraged.
The following are examples of people who are not eligible for this programme:
- Individuals who have already obtained a bachelor's or master's degree in the United States;
- Individuals who have participated in a Fulbright programme within the last three years;
- People who cannot obtain at least 575 in the English as a Foreign Language test
- Individuals who cannot obtain at least 1000 points on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE test (for programs of study other than business and law); and
- Individuals who cannot score at least 550 on the GMAT (for corporate study programmes).
- If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Burkina Faso, you cannot apply for this programme through the US Embassy in Ouagadougou.
For more information, please visitUnited States Embassy in Burkina Faso.