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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.
Teach for approximately 12 hours weekly, conduct research or teach for approximately 6 hours weekly and conduct research. Consult on curriculum, program and faculty development. Conduct seminars and workshops.
Applicant may indicate a preferred host institution and refer in the project statement to the reasons for this preference, citing previous communication with or knowledge of the desired host institution in Egypt. If no host is identified by the applicant, the Fulbright Commission in Egypt will identify a suitable host institution for the scholar. Final affiliation will be confirmed by the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt.
Flex grants comprised of 2 to 3-month segments conducted over two consecutive years are also possible (see "Flex Option" for details).
Grants must begin after September 1, 2023. Academic year-long grants should start in September 2023. Grant dates must comply with the host institution's academic calendar.
Flex awards are offered for teaching, teaching/research, and research grants
Proposed grant periods should comply with the host institution's academic calendar.
Applicants for the Flex Option are required to arrange affiliation with an Egyptian public or private university, or research institution. However, a formal letter of invitation from the host instituion is not required. Instead, in the project statement, the scholar should cite any previous communication with the host institution in Egypt and any mutually agreed upon activities.
The Flex Option is open for academics only. A Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) is required.
Scholars who apply for the Flex Option are ineligible for the Regional Travel Program.
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.
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 (5 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.
The Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt seeks and confirms all Fulbright U.S. Scholar affiliations at Egyptian institutions following receipt of host country project clearances for the short-listed candidates. A letter of invitation is not required during the application stage.
All teaching will be in English; additional language proficiency is not required for teaching grants.
For research grants, Arabic or other applicable language proficiency sufficient to complete the research project is required; applicants must complete the language proficiency evaluation. For applicants without Arabic or other applicable language proficiency, feasibility of conducting research in English must be demonstrated in the proposal.
Open to faculty of all academic ranks. Evidence of scholarly research and/or a teaching record in the proposed project's field of specialization is required. A Ph.D. is strongly recommended for all teaching awards.
Final awards for 2023-2024 are contingent upon medical clearance, clearance by the Government of Egypt, the availability of funds, availability of international travel and public health advisories, and the security situation in country.
Monthly base stipend:
- $4,250 for faculty at the associate professor, professor rank or the professional equivalent
- $4,050 for faculty at or below the assistant professor rank and professional equivalents
In addition, scholars receive a monthly maintenance allowance of $500. Fulbright Scholars do not need to use their stipend to cover housing, as this is covered separately as a special award benefit (See Special Award Benefits). Therefore, the allowance package offered by the Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt is considered significantly higher than the cost of living in Egypt.
International travel and relocation allowance for grantee is provided.
The monthly maintenance allowance increases by $100 per dependent, for a maximum of two accompanying dependents.
International travel allowance is provided for up to one accompanying dependent.
Dependent tuition allowance for accompanying dependents in grades K-12 is provided on a reimbursement basis upon submission of reciepts. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only and may be for a maximum of $10,000 per child or $20,000 per family for up to two children, or its equivalent in EGP, for a full academic year. Amount is prorated for shorter grant periods.
American grantees usually enroll their children at international American or British schools. There are several such schools in Cairo which have websites that include information about the school, how to apply, as well as contact information. Additional information on international schools in Egypt can be found here. Parents should feel free to contact the schools directly for information and arrangements.
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.
The Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt offers competitive packages, while the cost of living in Egypt is reasonable by both global and regional standards. Housing: Accommodation is arranged by the Commission in Egypt and covered as a separate award benefit. Scholars do not need to use their stipends to defray the cost of renting furnished accommodations which is prearranged for them by the Fulbright Commission in Egypt. Food, Drink, and Household Products: Both small and large chain supermarkets are available throughout Cairo. They sell groceries, meat and poultry and household items of local and several international brands. Organic produce is also available. 1kg of imported bananas costs around $2; 1kg of fresh meat costs around $13; a loaf of bread costs around $1.5; and 1.5L of bottled water costs around $0.30. A cappuccino costs around $4. The cost of eating out is a little more expensive with prices ranging from $15-$40 per person depending on the restaurant and choice of cuisine. Transportation: Taxis and on-demand taxi apps such as Uber are readily available in Egypt and are a safe and inexpensive mode of transportation. For taxi mobile apps, payment options include credit card. Uber charges around $0.20/km, but mileage costs are liable to change. The average cost for a 15km Uber trip in Cairo is around $5-$10 depending on traffic.
Housing is provided separately as a special award benefit.
A one-time professional allowance of $1,400 is provided for grants of four months or more. For grants of fewer than four months, scholars receive a one-time professional allowance of $820.
Limited funds are available for scholars whose research will require supplemental Arabic language study while in country. Justification statement and plan of study must be submitted, pending availability of funds and approval of proposal. Reimbursement will be in EGP against original receipts.
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.
The goal of the Fulbright Program in Egypt is to ensure that scholars have a deeply enriching and productive experience, academically and culturally, and to promote mutual understanding between Egypt and the United States.
Egypt is a country with a rich history, a beautiful and diverse topography, and a robust and nuanced cultural context. Egypt is known for its bustling capital, its rapidly growing population, and its unique role in the region. The cultural scene continues to develop with new additions, such as the Museum of Egyptian Civilization, which opened in 2021, and the Grand Egyptian Museum that is currently under construction. As a destination, Egypt offers a chance for Americans to participate in diverse cultural opportunities while experiencing day-to-day life in present-day Cairo. American Fulbright grantees are also able to impact higher education by teaching and researching at private and public universities, creating opportunities for young students, building networks with faculty, and presenting new methods and resources to host universities.
The Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt provides substantive support through the affiliation and pre-arrival process. The Fulbright Commission will liaise with Egyptian universities on the U.S. Scholars' behalf to confirm affiliation and provide guidance regarding travel and arrival logistics. Fulbright scholars are placed at Egyptian public or private universities and research institutions. It should be noted that clearance from the Government of Egypt is required for all Fulbright U.S. Scholar grants and must be obtained in order for award issuance. The Fulbright Commission will facilitate the approval process on the scholar’s behalf.
Fulbright U.S. Scholars to Egypt are placed in a dynamic context that is driven by Egypt’s 2030 strategic development plan that places primary importance on high quality education and training. In line with this strategy, the Ministry of Higher Education has undergone several initiatives to promote science, technology and innovation, attract international students to Egypt, establish branch campuses of international universities in Egypt’s new capital city, and advance scientific research. Fulbright U.S. Scholars to Egypt will therefore experience an active and engaging higher education scene in Egypt and the Fulbright Commission wishes to expand scholarly exchange in all disciplines. In addition, the Commission has special awards in the sciences and information technology, business administration, performing arts, and multiple disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. We encourage all interested candidates to fully review the awards for opportunities specific to their fields.
Applications will be considered from qualified candidates who hold the credentials designated in each specific award description. Research and/or higher education teaching experience are required for all awards. Please review all award requirements when applying. Please note that knowledge of Arabic is not required for any award unless specifically stated. American Fulbright grantees may wish to consider taking some basic Arabic before arriving in country as it is beneficial for day-to-day social interactions. The academic year generally runs from September or early October to June. Teaching is not possible during the summer months due to the academic calendar.
A required in-country orientation is held for Fulbright grantees upon arrival in Egypt. The orientation includes information on the health and safety in Egypt, day-to-day living, dependent support, and host institutions and the higher education context.
The Commission in Egypt offers a very competitive financial package against a relatively reasonable cost of living. More information is available under “Estimated Cost of Living” in the “Stipend and Benefits” section. Fulbright grantees are welcome to bring spouses and children and dependent allowances are available as part of the grant package. English-language schooling is available in-country and the Fulbright Commission provides partial tuition assistance for qualifying dependent children. There are several international schools available in Cairo that follow the American curriculum, as well as schools that offer the British, German, or French curricula. More details regarding dependent support are listed under the relevant awards. Additional information on international schools in Egypt can be found here.
Research opportunities are also available via the Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program. Final awards for 2023-2024 are contingent upon medical clearance, clearance by the Government of Egypt, the availability of funds, availability of international travel and public health advisories, and the security situation in country.
The Fulbright Commission in Egypt looks forward to receiving questions from candidates for academic year 2023-2024. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt: https://fulbright-egypt.org/
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