Namibian Fulbright Program

Established in 1946, this program sends Namibians to the U.S. each year on fully-funded or partially-funded fellowships for Masters and Doctorate-level degrees. A four-year degree from a recognized university is required and applications are accepted in all fields. Preference is given to candidates with little or no previous U.S. experience. Applicants must be Namibian citizens.

The U.S. Embassy welcomes applications from Namibians qualified to study towards a Master’s degree and with full institutional backing.  The Fulbright Foreign Student Application offers a limited number of fully funded scholarships to Africans to study towards a Master’s degree in the U.S. The United States government funds these scholarships with some cost sharing by American universities.  In addition to scholastic achievements, the factors taken into consideration include the potential benefits of applicants’ studies to Namibian society at large, and the ability of the applicants to contribute to better understanding between the people of the United States and Namibia.

All applicants should note that we provide funding for no more than two years.  Applicants must comply fully with U.S. laws and regulations governing immigration and naturalization.  All finalists must return to Namibia upon completion of their studies.

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) in Washington, D.C administers the Fulbright Program under policy guidelines.  The Board is responsible for approving all Fulbright awards.  The Board is composed of twelve educational and public leaders appointed by the President of the United States to formulate worldwide procedures and selection criteria for the Fulbright Program.  The U.S. Embassy’s American Cultural Center supervises the program in Namibia.


A four-year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required to qualify for Master’s degree studies in the United States.  Applicants must be Namibian citizens, in good health, and proficient in English.  Applicants who are chosen to be finalists must be available for a personal interview.

Application Procedures:

The online application can be access at the following link  Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview.  After completion of the online application form, you must also ensure that you have uploaded all the required documents.  Applications are due April 5, 2019. Please note that this application cycle is for the year 2020 intake.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview and will be required to take the required tests.

Any questions which you may have concerning the Fulbright competition should be directed to George Beukes at the American Cultural Center, Sanlam Centre 3rd Floor, Independence Avenue in Windhoek. Telephone: 264 61 229 801  Fax: 264 61 232 476  Email: