Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

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Middle East and North Africa


Award Details
Grant Activity

U.S. Fulbright Scholars in Tunisia can either teach full-time or conduct a combination of teaching and research (either at the same time or split semester by semester). Teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is possible. Applicants should suggest courses for consideration in their proposals and be in touch with the university where they intend to teach. Tunisian university classes are generally two hours long and have approximately 30-100 students. Applicants should expect to teach at least 4.5 hours per week. Activities and courses will be finalized in consultation with the U.S. Embassy in Tunis and the host institution.

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 anytime starting September 2021. Grantees coming for the full academic year are encouraged to arrive in early September to participate in the in-country orientation and prepare for the academic year.


Placements are possible in a wide range of locations across Tunisia.  Recent placements (of Fulbrighters and other State Department-funded educators) have occurred at universities in Tunis, Manouba, Sousse, Gabes, and Beja.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to arrange an affiliation prior to submitting their application. Please contact U.S. Embassy Tunis Cultural Affairs Specialist Mehdi Darghouth (DarghouthM@state.gov) 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;
  • Applicants may propose only one, one-month segment; and,
  • Grant segments may be spread over two consecutive years.

For more information, please visit the Fulbright Flex Awards page on our website.

Discipline Type
Applications are sought in all disciplines
Special Features

During their grant period, Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 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
Number of Grants
Up To 3
Program Staff
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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