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Fulbright Program for Foreign Students and Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) 2024

Fulbright Program for Foreign Students and Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) 2024



The United States, consisting of 50 states, spans a vast region of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending its presence into the Pacific Ocean. Prominent cities on the Atlantic Coast include New York, a global hub for finance and culture, and the capital, Washington, DC.

In the Midwest, Chicago is renowned for its influential architecture, while on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is celebrated for filmmaking.


The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission in Nigeria is delighted to announce the annual invitation for applications for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for the academic year 2024/2025. Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program (FFSP) is a research initiative.


Primarily aimed at enhancing the capabilities of African universities through advanced degree training, the FFSP also seeks to foster the potential of academic staff. It is specifically tailored for young and exceptionally promising faculty members aspiring to conduct their doctoral research in the United States. Applicants must have completed at least two years of their doctoral program in any discipline at a Nigerian university or research institute by the time of application.


Fulbright Program
Application Deadline 01 Jun 2024
Type Internship
Sponsor US Government
Gender Men and Women


Aim and Benefits of Fulbright Program

The grant covers the grantee’s round-trip airfare to the U.S., a settling-in allowance, monthly stipend, housing allowance, books-and-supplies allowance, and computer allowance. The grant also covers basic university health insurance as a primary insurance coverage and the Fulbright ASPE health benefit as secondary coverage.


Requirements for Fulbright Program Qualification

To be eligible for a grant:

  1. Applicants must be citizens or nationals of Nigeria, or permanent residents holding a valid passport issued by the government of Nigeria.
  2. Applicants must be DOCTORAL OR PHD students who have completed a significant amount of their doctoral program in Nigerian universities and have the endorsement of their home institution.
    Note: MASTERS and First-Degree applicants are NOT qualified to apply for this program.
  3. Applicants must have an outstanding academic record and high level of English proficiency.
  4. Applicants must take their first TOEFL exam by May 2023.
  5. Applicants must meet the minimum score on required standardized tests (TOEFL: a score of 90)
  6. Applicants must have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program as scheduled and to returning home.
  7. 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.
  8. Preference will be given to applicants who have not studied in the U.S.
  9. Those 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 programs and tuition concerns. Therefore, we face great challenges in finding placements for such grantees unless their proposals are tilted toward economics, development-related areas, democracy, human rights and conflict resolution.
Interview date, Process and Venue for Fulbright Program

The Fulbright program is a popular program, the Public Affairs Office will only notify shortlisted candidates.


Documents Required for Application

A complete application includes:

  • An online application which includes:
    • A clearly written research objective.
    • Professional resume.
  • Three letters of reference specifying the personal, academic and professional competence of the candidate (submitted electronically and attached to the online application).
  • Student copy of academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended should be scanned and attached to the online application if available.
  • TOEFL score report.


Application Deadline

June 1, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to US Government on to apply

Applicants should log onto the website, enter an e-mail address and create a password.  Please remember this password because it will be used throughout the application process.  Applicants are also advised to read the instructions preceding the application carefully and seek the assistance of senior colleagues who are Fulbright alumni before they fill out the forms.  All  FFSP program applicants   should select “Visiting Researcher “or “non-degree” as their degree objective in their applications.

The application and instructions can be found at: 

All applicants must fill out the application forms completely and attach their supporting documents online

Hard copies of official academic transcripts from higher institutions should be forwarded to our office by regular mail.

For Candidates in the South/ South- East/ South West of Nigeria please address the envelope to the Fulbright Program Officer, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos

For Candidates in the North-Central/North-East/North-West of Nigeria please address the envelope to the Cultural Affairs Assistant, U.S. Embassy, Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive, Central Area, Abuja

Applicants with specific questions not addressed by the online application instructions may e-mail them to [email protected]

For more details, visit FFSP website