Fulbright Scholarship for Nigerian Students Doctoral and Research Program

Nigerian students who are at least two years into their doctoral program of any discipline at any Nigerian research institute or universities are welcomed to apply for the Fulbright scholarship for Nigerian students for Doctoral and Research Program in the US. This Fulbright Foreign Student Program is 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. If you are interested to conduct your doctoral research in the US, apply for this now!


This funding program is aimed to strengthen capacities of African universities through higher degree training as well as to develop the potential of the academic staff. Young and exceptionally promising faculty members who want to conduct their doctoral research in the US are the main targets for this for Nigerian students for Doctoral and Research Program.



This funding is a great way to promote institutional linkages between Nigerian and US institutions and universities. All applicants must be at least 2 years into their doctoral program regardless of their discipline at any Nigerian research institute or university. Nevertheless, applicants whose area of study is in arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences will be given preference. This funding will be given for any choice course.


In order to be eligible, applicants must fulfill the following entrance requirements.

  • Must be a citizen of Nigeria or have Nigerian nationality. You can also be a permanent resident of Nigeria holding a valid passport issued by the Nigerian government
  • Must be doctoral students and hold the endorsement of their own home institution
  • Must be at least 2 years into their doctoral program of any discipline
  • Must have strong proposals, outline the research objectives; time-frame, methodology, and justification for doing the research in the US
  • Students who haven’t studied in the US will be given preference

It should be noted that due to high demand for full time programs as well as tuition concerns in the field of Business, accounting and law, most US institutions rarely accept research students in these fields. However, applications might be accepted if your proposals are tilted toward development-related areas, human rights, economics, democracy or conflict resolution.

Application Procedure

If you are a Nigerian doctoral student, you definitely shouldn’t let this opportunity to pass. This Fulbright scholarship for Nigerian students for Doctoral and Research Program can expose you to leadership skills as well as voluntary services with a view to sensitizing you to imbibe these values when you are finally return to your home community. The mode of the application is all online and applications submitted after June 01, 2018 will not be accepted.

Interested applicants can commence their online applications on this scholarship link. You should fill out the application forms provided on the website completely. Don’t forget to also attach the supporting documents online as follows:

  • CV
  • Academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
  • 3 academic as well as professional references
  • writing sample

Should you encounter any difficulties or wish to find out more information, you can send an e-mail to CulturalLagos@state.gov or CulturalAbuja@state.gov with the subject “Fulbright Inquiry”.



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