Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

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Middle East and North Africa


Award Details
Grant Activity

Three options are available: full-time research; full-time teaching; or a combination of teaching and research, often split semester by semester.

For teachers, or for a combination of teaching and research, applicants should suggest courses for consideration (syllabi)  in their proposals and be in touch with the university where they intend to teach. The Moroccan university class is generally two hours long and meets once a week. Applicants should expect to teach two to eight class hours per week. Activities and courses will be finalized in consultation with the Fulbright Commission in Rabat and the host institution.

For researchers, to the degree possible, research locations and institutions should be identified in the application. Community engagement is welcome and researchers are encouraged to give public lectures on their research and their specialties in general.

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.
Grant Length
Three to 10 months
Grant Dates

Grants may begin any time starting September 2020. Grantees are encouraged to arrive in early September to participate in the in-country orientation and prepare for the academic year.


Any appropriate Moroccan institution. Applicants are strongly encouraged to arrange an affiliation prior to submitting their application. Please contact Executive Director Rebecca Geffner at r.geffner@fulbright.ma or Program Officer Sarah Robyn s.robyn@fulbright.ma at the Fulbright Commission in Rabat for assistance in establishing communication with possible host institutions.  

Flex Option
Flex Description

The Flex Award is designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the host country. This option allows grants to be conducted over short segments, preferably during the fall and/or spring semesters. Interested applicants should clearly indicate plans for Flex in their project statement, including a project timeline. Flex grantees may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host-country academic community.

Flex grant parameters:

  • Minimum length of the total grant is four months and the maximum is six months;
  • Minimum length for any grant segment is one month and the maximum is three months;
  • Two or three grant segments may be spread over one or two consecutive years; and
  • Flex awards are offered for teaching, teaching/research, and research grants.

Applicants must make a strong case for why the Flex option is required for their project. Generally, Flex grants should be used to for research projects that observe behavior or participation rates over time or are seasonal in nature (festivals, religious activities). Flex grants may also be used to complete teaching or combined teaching/research activities that require follow-up visits. Flex applicants should submit possible courses for consideration and/or cite all research locations in their applications.

Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all disciplines
Areas of Interest

While this award is open to any project in the disciplines listed above, there is interest in scholars who are in these particular specialty areas.

Specializations of particular interest for teaching include:

  • Marine sciences (taught in French and English)
  • Petroleum engineering and related sciences (taught in English)
  • American studies; linguistics (taught in English)
  • Agricultural sciences (taught in French at most institutions)
  • Arts (not typically language-based)
  • All social sciences (taught in either Arabic or French)
  • Religious Studies (Arabic or English)
  • TEFL    

Applicants should note that English is increasingly accepted as a language of instruction.

Typical research fields are in subjects related to Moroccan and Arab-Amazigh and Islamic culture and society. Historically, one-third of all American research grants have been in anthropology and the Commission encourages American social science research in Morocco.

Special Features

During their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Middle East and North Africa region may apply for a short-term regional travel grant (five to 14 days) for participation in a variety of activities including faculty and student lectures, graduate or faculty seminars, curriculum development, public lectures, panel presentations, needs assessment, conferences, or some combination thereof. Scholars who apply for the Flex award are ineligible for the Regional Travel Program.

Application Deadline
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Candidate Profile
Academics, all levels including early career
Program Staff
Julia Gordon

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