Fulbright Fellowship Launches for 2025/2026 Academic Year

We are now accepting Fulbright Fellowship applications for the 2025/2026 academic year. There is a new process to apply this year. Unlike in prior years, for this cycle the application process is entirely online, and applicants no longer need to drop off their application packets at the Embassy or one of the American Spaces. Applicants should submit their application no later than March 1, 2024 via the online portal, https://apply.iie.org/ffsp2025. Instructions to help applicants fill out the application on the online portal, as well as templates for requesting transcripts and letters of recommendation can be found in the “Additional Resources” link box on the upper right of this website. If applicants already have a TOEFL or GRE score, they are welcome to upload them at the initial application stage, but it is not mandatory to have a TOEFL or GRE test prior to being shortlisted.

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a U.S. government funded scholarship that gives young professionals an opportunity to obtain a master’s degree from one of the many universities in the United States. Successful candidates are expected to return to Sierra Leone after their studies and contribute to the country’s development in their respective field. The Fulbright Fellowship is merit-based and highly competitive.

In order to apply, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a Sierra Leonean citizen currently living in Sierra Leone
  • Have successfully completed a first degree (bachelor’s equivalent) with an excellent score
  • Must have at least five consecutive years professional experience
  • Must demonstrate outstanding academic and English language competencies
  • Must exceed Fulbright program minimum score on TOEFL and GRE tests (tests do not need to be taken at the time of application; they can be taken after applicants are shortlisted)
  • Must not be a current participant in this year’s DV lottery program, or otherwise intend to immigrate permanently to the United States. 

All fields are permitted, with the exception of medicine and research that requires clinical contact with patients; however, studies in related fields such as public health (theoretical research focus only) are permitted. Candidates working in trade and economics, good governance, security, environmental and public administration fields are encouraged to apply.

As with all U.S. exchange programs, all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of gender, ethnicity, religious belief, political affiliation, socioeconomic background, disability status or sexual identity.