Apply Now for 2021 Fulbright (Visiting Students & Scholars) and HHH Programs

Cultural Affairs Officer DeEtta Cravens congratulates Mr. Aboubacar Niambele, Fulbright alumnus from the University of Massachusetts in Boston (Photos DOS/PAS-BKO)


Fulbright Foreign Student Program


SELECTION CRITERIA: The Embassy of the United States of America in Mali is pleased to announce the competition for the 2021-2022 Fulbright Foreign Student program. The online application forms and additional information are available on the U.S. Embassy web site at The Fulbright Foreign Student Program will provide a scholarship for students to obtain a Master’s degree from an accredited U.S. university starting the fall of 2021.  We accept candidates in all fields of study. All candidates must meet the following selection criteria:

  • Nominees must be citizens or nationals of Mali, or permanent residents holding a valid passport issued by Mali.
  • Nominees must have at least the equivalent of four (4) years of university study and the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
    Note: Nominees that have three (3) years of tertiary study should have the equivalent of thirteen (13) years of primary and secondary school and their undergraduate degree should allow them to be eligible to pursue higher education in their home country.  Please note that final equivalency decisions will be determined by each U.S. university and not all institutions will accept three (3) year undergraduate degrees.
  • Nominees should have a sufficient level of English proficiency (575-PBT/90-iBT) to enable them to engage in full-time graduate level study in the United States.
  • Nominees should have a high motivation and a serious commitment to completing the program as scheduled and returning to Mali.
  • Nominees with no extensive or recent U.S. experience will be given preference.

Please note, in 2019 the Fulbright Foreign Student Program implemented a zero-tolerance plagiarism policy. The State Department will follow the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of plagiarism: “Plagiarism is the wrongful appropriation or purloining and publication as one’s own, of the ideas, or the expression of the ideas of another.” Application materials will be processed using software to help identify any instance of plagiarism. If plagiarism appears in any part of the application, it may result in the nominee’s disqualification from participation in the program. The State Department will review all applications that are flagged for plagiarism and make a final determination on the applicant’s status. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program application now includes a plagiarism certification.

Applications are available at and must be completed online. For more general information about the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, please visit the embassy website at

The submission deadline for applications is March 31, 2020.


For Professional Development in the United States

SELECTION CRITERIA: The U.S. Embassy in Bamako seeks qualified applicants to pursue professional development in the United States under the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program, which must be in the eligible fields below. The Humphrey Fellowship program is a competitive scholarship for mid-level professionals from around the world who have shown a demonstrated commitment to public service in both the private and public sectors.

Sustainable Development
a. Agricultural and Rural Development
b. Economic Development/Finance and Banking
c. Natural Resources, Environmental Policy, and Climate Change
d. Urban and Regional Planning

Democratic Institution Building
a. Communications/Journalism
b. Law and Human Rights
c. Public Policy Analysis and Public Administration
d. Trafficking in Persons Policy and Prevention
e. Technology Policy and Management
f. Human Resource Management

a. Educational Administration, Planning and Policy
b. Higher Education Administration
c. Teaching of English as a Foreign Language

Public Health
a. Public Health Policy and Management
b. HIV/AIDS Policy and Prevention
c. Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Treatment

Appropriate candidates are mid-career professionals in leadership positions who have a commitment to public service and the potential for professional advancement.  Prospective Fellows should have a minimum of five years of professional experience, after completing a university degree, prior to August 2018 and should be interested in the policy aspects of their fields of specialization. Candidates must have completed a university degree program requiring at least four years of full-time study in order to qualify for admission to U.S. programs of graduate study. Candidates should be proficient in both written and spoken English and should normally have a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 525 paper-based or 71 iBT. (Candidates with lower scores may be nominated for Long-Term English training.)

The preliminary application forms are available online. Please download and fill out the application form, then send to The submission deadline for applications is March 31, 2020.

2021 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program – Apply Now!

The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program provides grants to approximately 850 foreign scholars from over 100 countries to conduct post-doctoral research at U.S. institutions from an academic semester to a full academic year.

Applications must be completed online at For more information, please visit the embassy website at


Applications are due by March 31, 2020, and must be submitted online at