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Fulbright Masters Scholarship to the USA


The Fulbright Program is the flagship international education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide and has provided approximately 310, 000 participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas, study, teach, and conduct research in each other’s countries.

In Eswatini, scholarships are available in the Fulbright Junior Staff Development Awards. The JSD-Fulbright Program is designed for Swazis who wish to undertake study in the United States leading to a Master’s degree. The applicant must have an undergraduate (4 year) degree in any of the following academic disciplines: journalism, public health, economics, business, law, computer studies, education or environmental studies.


All candidates interested in applying for the Fulbright scholarship are required to attend an information session hosted by the US Embassy Eswatini. Candidates only have to attend one info session. Please RSVP via email to at least one day before the briefing. Interested candidates MUST RSVP especially if they are attending one of the sessions at the Embassy. Please note that each session can take a maximum of 30 people. These are the available dates and times:

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 @1pm - Mbabane National Library (Exhibition Hall)

Friday, 28 January 2022 @1pm - - Mbabane National Library (Exhibition Hall)

Virtual zoom information session will be held on these days:

Tuesday, 1 February 2022, 5:30pm

Wednesday, 2 February 2022, 5:30pm

Friday, 4 February 2022, 5:30pm

In addition to biographical information, the Fulbright application includes the following information. A competitive application follows all instructions carefully, especially on the essay topics. Your name must be spelled correctly, and letters of reference must be from people who know you well in a professional capacity.

  1. Study/Research Objective: The study/research objective description that you provide is an essential and highly important part of your application. You should take great care to write a clear and very detailed description of the program you want to pursue. Clearly identify the area(s) within your field of study in which you want to specialise or concentrate. If there is speci c research that you want to accomplish, please describe

  2. Personal Statement: The personal statement is a narrative statement in which you can include information about your education, practical experience, special interests, career plans, and your purpose in applying for study in the U.S.

  3. Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Although this page is not required, most applicants attach a professional resume (useful if you intend to pursue a professional degree, e.g. business or law) or curriculum vitae (useful if you intend to pursue a theoretical, academic degree).

  4. Letter of Reference/Recommendation: You must have three letters of reference (or recommendation) submitted on your behalf. Letters of reference are extremely important. All letters of reference should be written by teachers under whom you have studied or pursued research or by someone who has supervised you in work related to your proposed field of study. Letters of reference should not be written by persons related to you either by blood or marriage or by personal friends. At least one academic and one professional or work related letter should be included among the letters.

  5. Transcripts: Applicants must attach of cial, complete and certified academic documents covering the entire period of study at universities and other post-secondary institutions. Documents must be accompanied by complete official English translations. These documents must consist of:

    1. One certified, official record (transcript) from each university or post-secondary institution you attended, even those schools from which you did not receive a degree or diploma. These transcripts should list the subjects you studied and the grades you received during each year of your enrollment. Include all post-secondary institutions you have attended, even those from which you did not receive a degree or diploma. Official transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelopes.

    2. Certified, official evidence of each post-secondary or university degree, diploma or certificate awarded to you should be included as part of the completed application.

  6. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): TOEFL is an admissions requirement at U.S. institutions for applicants whose native language is not English. All non-native English-speaking candidates should immediately register for TOEFL. Test score minimum 80 IBT (550 PBT) depending on school and field of study; recommended 100 IBT+ (600 PBT+) for more competitive applications.

  7. GRE (Graduate Records Examination): The GRE is required by U.S. graduate schools and/or departments for candidates in most fields other than Business Administration and Law. You should make every effort to register for the earliest possible administration of the GRE. Please note that TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. GRE and GMAT scores are valid for five years.


The following information is also requested on the application form:

  1. List of scholarships or fellowships received in the past

  2. Any academic honours or prizes received

  3. Publications and research in the form of books, articles, or thesis especially in your proposed field of study

  4. List of professional fraternities, societies or organisations in which you hold or held membership in the past

  5. Occupational experience

  6. Future plans upon return to your home country

  7. Personal financial information

  8. University preferences or three schools of choice, with specific departments and programs, with specific reason for each choice


There is no one single profile of a typical Fulbrighter. In order for the Fulbright Program to be successful in its goal to promote mutual understanding, Fulbrighters must represent the richness and diversity of their home countries. All Fulbrighters share a strong academic background, leadership potential, a passion for increasing mutual understanding among nations and cultures, and the adaptability and flexibility to pursue their proposed Fulbright project successfully.


Sharon Martins

Senior Cultural Affairs Assistant & EducationUSA Adviser

Public Diplomacy Section

U.S. Embassy Mbabane, Eswatini


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