Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
Activity Type
Professional Project
A Professional Project enables the participant to engage in activities in their area of expertise to enhance their professional development and the field at large. Projects may include serving as a professional consultant to the host organization, sharing expertise, visiting other organizations in their professional field, gaining practical experience, and attending public lectures. While the details vary according to the specific award, the focus of a Professional Project grant should not be research or teaching.
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
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.
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not required
Career Profile
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
September 2023 - May 2024
Award Length
3 months - 10 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

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 may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Host institutions welcome scholars to conduct full-time research; full-time teaching; a combination of teaching and research, often split semester by semester; or conduct a professional project in any discipline. 

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. Additional collaborative 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. More information about teaching and/or research proposals available here.

There are no requirements for a teaching/research ratio, as this depends on the interests of and agreement between the scholar and the host institution.

The Professional Project activity type provides professionals and artists in various fields the opportunity to interact with relevant organizations to further their career goals. Professional Projects may include visits to organizations in the applicant's field, practical experience in day-to-day operations, public lectures, artist residencies, or other appropriate professional activities. For more information, FAQs available here.


Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Any appropriate Moroccan institution. Applicants are required to arrange an affiliation prior to submitting their application. Please contact Executive Director Rebecca Geffner at r.geffner@fulbright.ma and Deputy Director, Hafsa El Bastami at h.elbastami@fulbright.ma at the Fulbright Commission in Rabat for assistance in establishing communication with possible host institutions. Applicants should send a proposed esearch abstract and CV when requesting assistance in host institution recommendations.  

Award Length and Period

Three to 10 months.

Grants may begin starting September 2023. Grantees are encouraged to arrive in early September to participate in the in-country orientation and prepare for the academic year. All grant lengths must be completed by June 2024.

Flex Description

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.

The Flex Award is designed for scholars who require multiple visits to the host country. This option allows grants to be conducted over two or three short segments. Applicants must select Flex in the application form, and clearly describe their 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.

Grant segments are allowed to be conducted in summer months
2 or 3 Segments MAY BE PROPOSED
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.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is preferred.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Providing a letter of invitation from a professor or university department in the application demonstrates the applicant's seriousness of purpose.

Language Proficiency Requirements
Recommended (Beginner): Amazigh
Recommended (Beginner): Arabic
Recommended (Beginner): French
Recommended (Beginner): Spanish
Required Proficiency

Applicants are encouraged to register qualified language evaluator, such as a language instructor or a translator, to conduct the external assessment in the application. Being a native speaker alone does not qualify an individual to conduct the assessment.

Applicants who are native speakers do not need to complete an external evaluation.

Required Proficiency
Required Languages
Additional Language Requirement

For research-only applicants: proficiency in Arabic, Amazigh, Spanish, or French may be required according to the research topic and location of fieldwork. Project proposals must include a detailed research plan. A one-page summary of proposed activities in Arabic or French is also required, which can be uploaded/appended to the invitation letter section.

For teaching and or teaching/research applicants: Arabic or French proficiency is required as needed for corresponding grant activities. Project proposals must include a detailed plan of grant activity. A one-page summary of proposed activities in Arabic or French is also required, which can be uploaded/appended to the invitation letter section.

The language of instruction in Moroccan public institutions of higher education, for subjects other than foreign languages, Arabic, and Islamic studies, is French. However, a mix of Moroccan Arabic, Standard Arabic and French is often used in the classroom. Use of English in the classroom is increasing, though still only occasionally, and mostly in business and science classes.

  • The language of instruction at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI; public with tuition) is English.
  • Languages of instruction at Universite Internationale de Rabat (UIR, private-public; established 2010) are French and English.
  • Languages of instruction at Ecole de Gouvernance et de l'Economie (EGE, Rabat; public, part of the emerging University Mohamed VI Polytechnic) are French and English.
  • Languages of instruction at University Mohammed VI Polytechnic (UMP6, Benguerir- science & technology; architecture- and Casablanca - business) are French and English.

It should be noted that English is increasingly accepted as a language of instruction but applicants are strongly encouraged to work with their host affiliate on specific department requirements. French and Arabic are still the common languages of higher education. 

Additional Qualification Information

For teaching and teaching/research grants, a Ph.D. is strongly preferred, along with at least three years teaching experience. Applicants in the arts may have other qualifications. For research-only grants, professionals and other nonacademics will be considered.

Additional Comments

Applicants proposing to teach two full semesters must apply for a 10-month grant in order to match the length of the Moroccan academic year and fulfill their responsibilities. 

Moroccan government clearance is required for all research projects and this may take three or four months to obtain once submitted by the Commission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Fulbright Commission in Rabat requests clearance on behalf of all American Fulbrighters. The project statement in your application must include a detailed plan of research. A one-page summary of proposed activities in Arabic or French is also required, which can be added as an addendum to the project statement. If the applicant is not proficient in one of these two languages, it is recommended that the applicant get the summary translated. The Commission will forward this summary along with the clearance request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. While awaiting official clearance, research may be done on the basis of a "lettre d'attestation" (letter of credence) which will be provided by the Commission. Subsequent changes to the research topic, host institution, or research sites are not recommended, as a second research clearance may have to be initiated, which will take additional time. With some exceptions, notably research in political affairs, research may begin with the lettre d'attestation, which is delivered to grantees during in-country orientation. Applicants should be aware of their on-line presence, since negative remarks concerning Morocco may surface during the official clearance process, resulting in denial of clearance.

Award Allowances
  • A base stipend of $2,000 - $2,300 per month for researchers and lecturers, based on the type of grant and academic/professional rank. 
  • A monthly living allowance of $900 per month.
  • A monthly housing allowance of $700 per month.
Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Grantees receive international, economy class, Fly America compliant round-trip travel. All grantees, independent of the length of their grant, receive a one-time relocation allowance of $750. An excess-baggage allowance of $600 will be provided to all grantees.


Estimated Book and Research Allowance

A one-time book/research materials allowance of $500 will be provided for grantees staying five months or more. For grantees staying fewer than five months, the book/research allowance is $250.

Additional Dependent Benefits
  • The monthly living allowance may increase up to $600 per month, based on the number of dependents.
  • The monthly housing allowance may increase up to $200 per month, based on the number of dependents. 
  • International, economy class, Fly America compliant round-trip travel for one accompanying dependent.
  • No tuition allowance will be provided. However, English-language schooling is available in Morocco. An alliance of American schools in Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier follow a regular U.S. curriculum. For Department of State information on K-12 schools in general, visit the Office of Overseas Schools website. Information is also available about RabatCasablancaMarrakech, and Tangier

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

American grantees in Morocco have lived in environments ranging from big-city Casablanca to nomadic encampments in the Sahara. With its three major languages—Arabic, Berber (Amazigh), and French—Morocco’s past is reflected in every aspect of its present. As Moroccans live out the reality of their rapidly changing country, as questions of language, education, gender equality, industrialization, and infrastructure dominate the human landscape, Fulbrighters come to Morocco to teach, study, research, and engage with everyday life. Morocco offers much to the talented researcher, teacher, or scholar, and the Commission is your guide to becoming a grantee in Morocco.

The Moroccan university year begins in late September or early October and runs through late June to early July. University breaks depend on Islamic holidays, come in the latter half of January following fall semester exams, and there is a spring break in mid-March. More information, in French, on Moroccan institutions of higher education may be found at the 2018 University Web Ranking website for Morocco.

The Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE) in Rabat can help make contact with Moroccan universities, professors, professionals, and NGOs. All of MACECE's programs are detailed on the Commission website.

Grantees and their accompanying dependents may need to renew their tourist visas every three months. While MACECE will make every effort to assist grantees and their dependents in requesting visa extensions from the Moroccan government, grantees must recognize the possibility that visa renewal requests may be denied. In some cases, there may be a need to exit Morocco to another country and re-enter to obtain a new tourist visa entry stamp.  All expenses associated with visa renewals and the exit/re-entry costs associated with the renewal process are the responsibility of the grantees, in accordance with their grant terms and conditions. 

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