Please submit the following:
- The Fulbright-Hays Swahili GPA application online.
- Original, official academic transcripts from your current college/university. If your Swahili study was done elsewhere, transcripts from the school should be requested as well.
- A Referee Letter from your most recent Kiswahili instructor giving an evaluation of your speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Kiswahili. Frank, candid evaluations will be highly valued. This evaluation should be mailed by the evaluator directly to Dr. Leonard Muaka by the deadline for applications. You may also email these directly to them at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Download the Referee Letter Form.
- One additional letter of recommendation from current and/or former instructor. These should also be sent directly to Dr. Leonard Muaka by the deadline.
*Please note that only original transcripts will be accepted. While these may be submitted by you with the application, the letters of reference must be mailed directly to Dr. Leonard Muaka by the referees.
Oral Proficiency Interview:
Sometime during the month of March, a selection committee member will contact you by phone to interview you in Kiswahili. In anticipation of this, ask your Swahili instructor to give you practice speaking over the phone. Dr. Muaka is available to assist you during the preparation of your application. Please contact him for more information.
Acceptance to the program will be made by the GPA Swahili Consortium Committee, consisting of specialists in Swahili from several universities, and is based on the requirements stated on the Program Announcement. Each member of the committee will have access to the application packet to evaluate your request for a GPA Fulbright-Hays fellowship. It is crucial, therefore, that you follow the application procedure carefully and submit your completed application by the deadline.
If you are a successful applicant and recipient of a fellowship, you will be notified by mid March. At that time, you will be sent additional information concerning the program.
In years past, the grant from USDE has not been sufficient to accept every eligible student. Applicants who do not make the list are advised to speak to their respective African Studies programs about the possibility of receiving support from their own institution.
Equal Opportunity and Diversity Policy:
Howard University, as a community of scholars, is committed to the elimination of discrimination in education and the provision of equal opportunity in education. In compliance with state and federal laws and regulation, we do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status in any of our policies, procedures, or practices. This non-discrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment, in all programs and activities, including but not limited to, academic admissions, financial aid, educational services and employment.
For more information please contact the Office of the University Secretary for more information using the following contact information:
Howard University Office of the Secretary
2400 Sixth Street, NW, Suite 440, Washington, DC 20059