Number of recipients
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.
Host institutions welcome scholars to conduct research, teach undergraduate or graduate courses, carry out a combination of teaching and research activities, or carry out a professional project. Additional activities may include conducting seminars for advanced students or faculty, consulting on curriculum, supervising theses, advising students on research and speaking to selected Saudi audiences of relevant backgrounds. Teaching as a component of the exchange, where appropriate, is highly encouraged, but not required.
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. However, the applicant should plan to engage in the university community of the host institution. In addition to the research caseload, the scholar should plan to supervise students, give lectures, work with student clubs where applicable, and engage with other faculty within his or her host institution department. The scholar is also encouraged to establish institutional collaborations between U.S. institutions and the host institution.
For teaching grants, there are no requirements for teaching load, but the most common in-classroom teaching load is two to 20 hours per week, in addition to significant engagement outside of the classroom.
More information about application requirements, including project proposals, is available here.
The Professional Project activity 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.
In the Central Region:
- King Saud University in Riyadh
- King Abdel Aziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh
- Princess Noura University in Riyadh
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Culture
- Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities
- Saudi National Heritage Commission in Riyadh
- King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh
- King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in Riyadh
- Prince Sultan University in Riyadh
- Al-Yamamah University in Riyadh
- Alfaisal University in Riyadh
- University of Hail in Hail
- Qassim University in Qassim
- Al Jouf University in Al Jouf
- Majmaah University in Majmaah
In the Western Region:
- King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
- King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah
- Fahad ben Sultan Private University, Tabouk
- Effat University in Jeddah (Women Only)
- Dar Al Hekma University in Jeddah (Women Only)
- University of Business and Technology (open to all disciplines, but has specific interest in scholars conducting teaching/research in the field of Advertising).
- Um Al Qura University in Mecca (Muslims only)
- Taif University in Taif
- Al Baha University in Al Baha
- Islamic University in Madinah
- King Khaled University in Abha
- Tabuk University in Tabuk
- Taibah University in Madinah
Currently not allowed due to security situation in nearby Yemen, but could possibly be considered should things improve:
In the Eastern Province:
Three to 10 months
Academic terms are August through June. Host institution dates may vary up to two weeks, and the calendar may be adjusted around the Islamic calendar and holidays. One-semester awards are possible. Grants must be completed between September 2023 and June 2024.
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.
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.
A letter of invitation from an accredited institution of higher education, think tank, research center, or government agency in Saudi Arabia is required. Interested applicants are encouraged to establish contact with potential host institutions as early as possible. Faculty and/or administrators in Saudi Arabia may be difficult to reach from June through August. All host affiliations and research proposals must be approved by the Government of Saudi Arabia. Therefore, the selection process may require additional time. Each candidate is responsible for the arrangement of their institutional affiliations, including the finalization of the proposed activity and activity dates.
Most teaching in undergraduate courses in science and technology, and many subjects at the graduate level, is in English; proficiency in another language for these subjects is not necessary. For research grants, English language proficiency is usually sufficient to complete the research project. Applicants must demonstrate the feasibility of conducting research in English in the project proposal, where applicable. Some knowledge of Arabic is very useful in daily life in Saudi Arabia, but is not a requirement for program eligibility.
Housing, local transportation, visa sponsorship and other logistics are typically arranged through the host institution. The U.S. Embassy/Consulate will provide additional support services related to the professional aspects of the Fulbright grant (as needed), and will provide orientation to scholars upon arrival to Saudi Arabia.
$2,375 for relocation, in-transit, and excess baggage fees.
Plus a round-trip, economy-class, international travel arranged by travel agent selected by IIE.
For Flex grants: round trip travel will be included for each segment of the grant. The relocation, in-transit, and excess baggage allowance will be divided by number of segments.
$950 books and educational materials allowance for teaching and teaching/research grants; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure.
$2,000 research allowance for research-only grants.
Additional living (monthly) allowance is provided for grantees with one dependent or two or more dependents. These amounts range from $200/month to $400/month.
Round-trip, economy-class, international travel is arranged by travel agent selected by IIE, for up to two dependents. Dependent travel will not be provided for Flex grants.
Dependent tuition allowance for dependents in grades K-12 is provided on a reimbursement basis upon submission of reciepts, and based on the availability of funds. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only.
- One semester grants: up to $5,000 per child, or $10,000 per two children.
- Two semester grants: up to $10,000 per child, or $20,000 per two children.
- For Flex grants: dependent tuition allowance will not be provided.
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.
Up to $900 per month or $9000 per 10-month grant, transportation allowance upon submission of receipts. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of transportation and fees only.
Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of total monthly Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a monthly base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. Research-only or Professional Project grantees receive a standard stipend that is not adjusted for academic rank. In most cases, dependent benefits will not be provided to Flex grantees, or to grantees pursuing grants less than four months (or a semester) in length.
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 reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
The ultimate goal of the Fulbright program in Saudi Arabia is to increase mutual understanding between the people of Saudi Arabia and the United States, and to build institutional partnerships. Saudi Arabia has a vibrant, youthful majority, with about 51 percent of the population under the age of 25. The Government of Saudi Arabia invests significantly in youth and educational programs inside and outside the country. Additionally, Saudi Arabia regards the United States as the top destination for high quality education and training. Saudi Arabia ranks fifth of all nations sending students to study in the United States. Saudi Arabia is a conservative country and Fulbright scholars should be aware of social norms, local cultural traditions, and host institution regulations. Public Affairs Offices of the U.S. Mission Saudi Arabia work closely with local authorities and Ministries to ensure all necessary approvals are received, and stand ready to support scholars with any issue they might encounter.
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