Fulbright Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Catalog of Awards

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Palestinian Territories (West Bank)
Middle East and North Africa


Award Details
Award Activity

Up to one grant will will awarded for a scholar interested in working with a Palestinian university to support the development of a journalism and media program/department through teaching courses and/or developing curriculum that promote journalistic ethics, investigative journalism, the business of journalism, digital journalism, as well as journalism theory and core journalistic techniques. Specific courses to be determined through consultation between scholar and host institution. Teaching applicants should describe proposed courses. Research projects must include a detailed plan of research or collaboration with local colleagues, including resources to be employed. Time and facilities for research may be limited due to travel and residency restrictions.

Award Length
Five to ten months
Award Dates

Up to 1 grant is available for five or 10 months, or on a flex schedule.

  • Five-month grants may begin in either August 2021 or January 2022
  • 10-month grants should begin in August 2021.
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
Only applications in the following disciplines will be considered
Special Features

All American grantees researching, studying, or teaching in Jerusalem and the West Bank must live within the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem (including East Jerusalem), or any major city within Area A of the West Bank:

  • Ramallah
  • Jericho
  • Bethlehem (including Beit Jala and Beit Sahour)
  • Hebron
  • Nablus
  • Tul Karem
  • Jenin

Grantees are advised to find lodging in the above mentioned locations. The location of all proposed residences must be individually reviewed and approved by the regional security officer (RSO) of the U.S. Embassy’s Palestinian Affairs Unit. The grantee must share their contact information and their home address as soon as they obtain it.

Due to security concerns, grantees are advised against hitchhiking or using public buses in Israel and the West Bank. Renting a car is allowed, as is the use of private and service taxi cabs and the light rail in Jerusalem depending on local security conditions.

Grantees must obtain a cell phone and register their cell phone number with the Palestinian Affairs Unit of the U.S. Embassy. While in the West Bank and Jerusalem, grantees must be reachable by Embassy officials at all times. Grantees who are traveling outside of Jerusalem, the West Bank, or Israel must notify Embassy officials in advance of their trip. It is suggested that grantees obtain an additional phone/SIM card dedicated for West Bank travel such as Jawwal, as some Israeli carriers are unreliable in the Palestinian territories.

Grantees must agree to refrain from or modify their travel to certain parts of the West Bank, or the West Bank in its entirety, if the U.S. Embassy Emergency Action Committee determines that such travel is unsafe. If there are changes to the travel policy, the Palestinian Affairs Unit will coordinate notification to the grantees and notify the RSO. Grantees may not travel to the Gaza Strip under any conditions.

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

Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.

Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Number of Recipients
Up To 1
Program Staff
Outreach and Recruitment Specialist

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