Education & Culture

The U.S. Mission arranges a variety of U.S.-government sponsored exchange programs that link Batswana and Americans. These programs are intended to introduce participants to the United States and American people and culture, as well as provide them with a chance to exchange ideas with their American colleagues. Educational and cultural exchanges create human bonds and enduring relationships that build bridges of cooperation and understanding between peoples.

American Studies

The Public Affairs Section  promotes a better understanding of American life, institutions, economy, politics, and culture, by promoting American Studies abroad, facilitating study in the U.S., and promoting studies of American language and literature.

Educators whose subject matter touches on American Studies, whether they be university professors, primary or secondary school teachers, curriculum designers, textbook writers, etc., are encouraged to contact the Cultural Affairs Officer at Public Affairs section to discuss how we might help to enrich existing programs or develop new programs.

Students who plan to study in the United States should contact the EducationUSA Advising Centre at the following number: (+267) 395 3982 ext  2236, or email us at  EdUSABotswana@state.gov. This office has reference materials in paper and electronic format to assist in identifying appropriate college and graduate programs and learning the entrance requirements.

2023-24 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

Competition Announcement

The U.S. Embassy in Gaborone is pleased to announce the competition for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for the 2023-24 academic year. The Embassy encourages interested parties to submit proposals relating to public health, environmental science, computer science, cybersecurity, rural development, and other STEM related subjects. The deadline for submitting application materials online is Monday September 5, 2022.

Fulbright-NARA Heritage Science Fellowship

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Academic Exchange Programs, the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone is pleased to announce that the Fulbright-NARA Heritage Science Fellowship is accepting applications for projects for the 2023-2024 academic year.  Information for prospective candidates, including eligibility and application details, can be found here

The Fulbright National Archives award is made possible through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Fulbright Program and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) which was signed on January 19, 2021, to support international scholarly exchange in archival science education, conservation, and research.  NARA is an independent federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of the U.S. government so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage.  NARA carries out the mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centres, Presidential Libraries and online sources.

Applications are due by October 15, 2022, for the 2023-24 academic year.  The award will be fully funded by the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) in support of one fellow worldwide.

IIE has added this award to the Slate application system for all countries globally that currently have an active Visiting Scholar Program.  The award will appear as an option within the Visiting Scholar Program application, in addition to each country’s other awards.  The initial selection process for all applications of this specialized program will be managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), ECA, and NARA.  Finalists will be shared with their home country Fulbright offices for final vetting and approval in late 2022.

Eligibility: Botswana citizens with no or less than five years of U.S. experience, have responsibility for managing and administering national archives and/or records. Note that eligibility for this award includes pre-doctoral Ph.D. researchers in addition to those with another terminal degree, as well as professionals with a master’s degree who have applied experience relevant to the field of archival heritage science.

In 2021, a successful inaugural competition for this relatively new award included some exciting proposals.  Some examples were methods for removal of adhesive tape residues, green methods for paper deacidification, and adhesive alternatives.  Ultimately, Dr. Cancy Chu, an Australian scientist, was selected for a project on Interventive Materials and Techniques for the Repair of Synthetic Papers.  We look forward to her arrival at NARA in September 2022 and look forward to publicizing her work on our communications platforms, including social media.

Interested applicants should contact IIE’s Multi-Regional Team at fulbrightnationalarchives@iie.org. For assistance with any technical difficulties with the application, applicants may contact fsponline@iie.org and copy to FulbrightBotswana@state.gov