Fulbright Scholarship Program for Study in the USA


In Lesotho, the Fulbright Junior Staff Development Program is administered by the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section, which nominates five candidates to the Fulbright Scholarship Board in Washington, DC. The Fulbright Scholarship Board makes the final selection of candidates.

Awards are granted for study toward one degree, for a maximum of two years, or for participation in a non-degree research or professional program for up to one academic year.

Grant awards guarantee full funding for: round-trip travel, insurance coverage, tuition and fees, maintenance allowance, books and supplies, and course-required field trips. Depending on availability of Fulbright funds, grant awards may also include a pre-academic orientation in the first year.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicants must be citizens of Lesotho or permanent residents qualified to hold a valid passport issued by Lesotho.
  2. Applicants must at least be first degree or honors degree holders and should have a record of outstanding academic achievement and preparation in their chosen field of study. They must show high motivation and serious commitment to completing the program and to returning home.
  3. Applicants should either be candidates for an advanced degree in their current field or for a specialized non-degree program in a field for which they are well prepared. Applicants who wish to pursue study in a field other than their current field of study must demonstrate adequate background in that field.
  4. Applicants must be affiliated with or committed to working at an academic institution or public or private institutions upon returning home and should have the endorsement of their home institution.
  5. Applicants must have a sufficiently high level of English proficiency to enable them to complete a full-time program of graduate study in the United States.
  6. The age of applicants must be between 25 and 40 years old.
  7. Applicants with no extensive or recent U.S. experience will be given preference.

How To Apply

To apply, please submit a pre-application consisting of the following:

  • Two-page Statement of Intent/Study Objective
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Academic Records (Certificate and Transcript)

Hard copy applications must be submitted to the U.S. Embassy or the American Corner at the State Library on or before the deadline of March 31, 2017. Electronic copies may be submitted via email at InfoMaseru@state.gov.

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