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Call for applications: Fulbright programs 2016

The Vice Chancellor Prof FFO Orumwense FNSE, is pleased to announced the annual  call for applications for the following Fulbright programs as published by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. consulate.

  1. The Fulbright Junior Staff Development (JSD) Program for the 2017/2018 academic year.
  2. Fulbright Senior Scholar Program for the 2017/2018 academic year.
  3. Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program in Yoruba for the 2017/2018 academic year.
Please visit Fulbright Resources for the e-copies of Regional Fulbright workshop materials (which held 19th- 21st January 2016). You can also watch Video Gallery of the Fulbright event.
Kindly find below details of the three (3) programs:
  1. Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program in Yoruba for the 2017/2018 academic year.

 

Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program in Yoruba for the 2017/2018 academic year. The FLTA program is a nine-month non-degree program funded by the U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C., and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York.

Deadline: Please note that the STRICT deadline for submitting online application and all supplementary documents is October 1, 2016.

Purpose: The FLTA program is designed to offer young foreign teachers an opportunity to teach Yoruba language and culture to American students in universities and colleges. The program also gives an opportunity for participants to refine their teaching skills, increase their English language proficiency and extend their knowledge of the cultures and customs of the United States by engaging in non-degree studies while strengthening the instruction of foreign languages at U.S. colleges and universities. Becoming a participant carries with it a great responsibility. Along with their studies, participants teach language courses, supervise language labs and lead language table discussions. They may also act as resource persons in conversation groups, cultural representatives, attendants in language laboratories, coordinators of extra-curricular activities, guest speakers in civilization courses, head’s of language clubs, houses, tables and much more.

Grant Benefit:  The grant covers the grantee’s round trip airfare to the U.S., a settling-in allowance, monthly stipend, housing allowance, health insurance, and tuition scholarship for their coursework. Provisions will be made for participants to attend a Fulbright FLTA Summer Orientation in the United States prior to beginning their program. During the FLTA program, fellows are also invited to participate in special Fulbright enrichment seminar and conference for professional development and networking opportunity.

Note: The grant does not cover travel of family members; hence grantees will not be allowed to travel with spouse and children or relatives to the United States even at their own expense.

Field of Study:  Competition is open to applicants who major in English Language, English Education or Linguistics.

Eligibility Requirements: To be qualified for this program:

o   Applicants must be citizens or nationals of Nigeria, or permanent residents holding a valid passport issued by the government of Nigeria. He or she must be residing in the country at the time of application

o   Applicants must be graduates who have received their bachelor degrees in English language, English Education,Linguistics

o   Applicants must be teachers of English Language in Nigerian secondary schools, colleges or universities. Proven years of teaching experience are mandatory

o   Applicants must have the endorsement of their employer

o   Applicants must have an outstanding academic record and high level of English proficiency as demonstrated by a minimum score of 90 in the Internet Based TOEFL test.

o   Applicants must have at least a credit in Yoruba language in WAEC/NECO

o   Applicants must have an in-depth knowledge of Yoruba culture and current events in Nigeria. They must have sincere interest in teaching Yoruba language and culture to students in the U.S.

o   Applicants must have leadership skills and the ability to motivate students in an emphatic manner

o   Applicants must clearly demonstrate maturity, dependability, creativity, professionalism, flexibility, and a willingness to learn

o   Applicants must be ready to become a cultural ambassador interested in meeting people and becoming part of community events and campus activities

o   Applicants must have high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program as scheduled and to returning home

o   The FLTA program seeks applicants that have developed a sense of personal integrity and are original thinkers.  Applicants that are found to have plagiarized in their application will be disqualified

Application and Instructions: The application and instructions can be found at  https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/flta/27/

o   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.

o   Applicants are strongly advised to read the instructions preceding the application carefully.

o   All applicants must fill out the application forms completely and attach their supporting documents online (3 letters of references, Curriculum Vitae, academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended and writing samples.)

o   Essays should address the program goals and include future plans of teaching English language in Nigeria.

Note: The Fulbright program is a popular program, the Public Affairs Section will ONLY NOTIFY SHOTRTLISTED CANDIDATES.

Complete Application:

A complete application includes:

  1. An online application which includes:

a clearly written objectives and motivations for applying  (long essay)

methodologies and techniques for teaching Yoruba language (short essay)

sharing Yoruba culture by selecting a scenarios with applicants unique ideas         (short essay)

  1. Three letters of reference submitted electronically and attached to the online application by referees who know the applicants very well.
  2. Student copy of academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended should be scanned and attached to the online application.
  3. TOEFL score report.
  4. Biodata page of valid international passport (uploaded with application submitted online.)

NOTE: Hard copies of official academic transcripts and other supplementary documents should be forwarded to our office by regular mail. Please address the envelope to:

Fulbright FLTA Program Officer, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.  

Enquiries: Applicants with specific questions not addressed by the online application instructions may e-mail them to [email protected] with FLTA in the subject line of email messages.

For more information, please check the program website at http://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/

 

  1. Fulbright Senior Scholar Program for the 2017/2018 academic year.

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria is pleased to announce the annual for applications for the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program for the 2017/2018 academic year. The deadline for submitting online applications is June 1, 2016.

This program, funded by the United States Department of State and administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), offers senior faculty members from universities in Africa, including Nigeria, the opportunity to conduct research at U.S. institutions for a minimum of three (3) months and a maximum of nine (9) months. The selection process and final award of grants are extremely competitive.

The Fulbright Scholar Program provides two types of grants:

  1. The Senior Research Program which enables selected candidates to pursue individual research projects;
  2. The Professional Development Program which allows senior faculty members to spend three (3) to five (5) months at an American university or college to pursue professional interests and consult with colleagues in their field. All applicants are required to specify which of the two grant categories they wish to be considered.

In addition, awards are also available for three (3) to five (5) months activities on program and curriculum development for HIV/AIDS-related topics.  Please note that this program does not provide an opportunity for lecturing.

The online application URL is: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/scholars/. As new users, applicants must create new accounts and are advised to follow the steps for preparing the online application.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. An intended applicant must be a citizen of Nigeria or a permanent resident, and should hold a valid passport issued from the country in which the application is made.
  2. In addition, applicants must have at least three (3) years of post-doctoral degree training or teaching experience at the time of application.

We urge applicants to enlist the help of Fulbright alumni for guidance with the application process. If you have questions regarding this program, please send an email to [email protected]

  1. The Fulbright Junior Staff Development (JSD) Program for the 2017/2018 academic year.

JSD is a research program funded by the U.S. Department of State, and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York.

Deadline: Please note that the STRICT deadline for submitting online application and all supplementary documents is Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Purpose: The JSD program is designed primarily to strengthen African universities by giving grantees the opportunity to conduct doctoral research in the United States. It offers young and exceptionally promising faculty members in select Nigerian universities the opportunity to conduct doctoral research at U.S. academic or research institutions for a maximum of nine (9) months.

Grant Benefit:  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.

Note: The grant does not cover travel of dependents, hence grantees will not be allowed to travel with spouse and children to the United States.

Eligibility Requirements: 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 students and have the endorsement of their home institution.

3)     Applicants must be at least two years into their doctoral program in any discipline.

4)     Applicants must have an outstanding academic record and high level of English proficiency.

5)     Applicants must meet a minimum score of 100 in the internet based TOEFL test.

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)      Applicants 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. As a consequence, 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.

Application and Instructions: The application and instructions can be found at https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/international

All applicants must fill out the online application forms completely and attach their supporting documents online (3 academic and professional references, Curriculum Vitae, academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended and writing sample.)

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 JSD applicants should select “Visiting Researcher” as their degree objective in their applications.

Note: The Fulbright program is a popular program, the Public Affairs Office will ONLY NOTIFY SHOTRTLISTED CANDIDATES.

Complete Application:

A complete application includes:

  1. An online application which includes:

a clearly written research objective

a professional resume

  1. Three letters of reference specifying the personal, academic and professional competence of the candidate (submitted electronically and attached to the online application)
  2. Official academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended should be scanned and attached to the online application; (official paper transcripts should also be sent at a later date)
  3. TOEFL score report.

Hard copies of official academic transcripts and other supplementary documents should be forwarded to our office by regular mail. Please address the envelope to:

Fulbright JSD Program Officer, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.

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

For more information, please visit the DVC (Acad) / [email protected]

​The Vice Chancellor’s strong desire is to have more Fulbright awardees from the University of Benin.​