Fulbright Scholar Award

Journalism/Media

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
13604-WE
Activity Type
Teaching
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.
Teaching/Research
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
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.
Professionals
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

Up To
1
Award Start Period
September 2023, or January 2024
Award Length
5 months, or 10 months
Flex Option
Yes
Country
Palestinian Territories (West Bank)
Multi-Country/Area Award
No
Disciplines
Journalism
Media Studies
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
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
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 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 should describe proposed courses. propsolas that include 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.

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

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

Locations
Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail
Award Length and Period

Five or ten months based on the academic calendar.

  • Five-month grants may begin in either September 2023 or January 2024
  • 10-month grants should begin in September 2023.

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
No
SEGMENTS MAY BE PROPOSED FOR Up to a 2 year PERIOD
2 or 3 Segments MAY BE PROPOSED
MAXIMUM LENGTH OF THE TOTAL GRANT IS 6 MONTH(S)
MINIMUM LENGTH OF THE TOTAL GRANT IS 4 MONTH(S)
Special Features

All American grantees researching 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 for suitability by the Regional Security Officer (RSO) of the U.S. Department of State's Office of Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem. 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 Office of Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem. 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 Office of Palestinian Affairs 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.

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

A letter of invitation is preferred, but not required. Host institution affiliations will be confirmed by the Office of the Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem, but applicants are highly encouraged to indicate a preference and, if possible, submit a letter of invitation as part of the application.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Qualification Information

Open to academics and appropriately qualified professionals outside of academia. A minimum of three years of higher education teaching experience is required.

Additional Comments
Teaching or Teaching/Research Award Monthly Allowances
$6740
$6960
Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

$1,750 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. 

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$1150 books and educational materials allowance for teaching or teaching/research grants; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure.

For Flex grants: educational materials allowance will be divided by number of segments. 

Additional Dependent Benefits

Additional living (monthly) allowance is provided for grantees with one dependent or two or more dependents. These amounts range from $350/month to $700/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 $4,250 per child, or $8,500 per two children.
  • Two semester grants: up to $8,500 per child, or $17,000 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.

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.

Palestinian Territories (West Bank)

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program strengthens partnerships between U.S. and Palestinian universities and allows students and faculty members to share expertise and enhance local education. The academic calendar runs from mid-August to mid-June. The Office of Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem and host institutions can assist Fulbright scholars to find appropriate housing as well as schools for dependents.   

Affiliation for U.S. Scholars to the West Bank is limited to Al-Quds University (Abu Deis Campus, Beit Hanina Campus, Old City Center), Al-Quds Open University (Ramallah), Arab American University of Palestine (Jenin and Rihan Campuses), Bethlehem University (Bethlehem), Dar Al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture (Bethlehem), Birzeit University (Birzeit), Palestine Ahliyeh University College (Bethlehem), Najah University (Nablus), Palestine Polytechnic University (Hebron), and Hebron University (Hebron).

Residency: All American grantees must initially enter Israel via Ben Gurion Airport. All grantees must enter and exit the West Bank using their U.S. passports via checkpoints approved by the Regional Security Office (RSO). RSO will provide a list of these approved checkpoints that is commensurate with the local security environment. RSO will provide a security briefing to review travel in and out of the West Bank. Although the Office of Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem will make every effort to assist with long-term visas, grantees and their accompanying dependents may need to renew their visas every three months. 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. Grantees must recognize the possibility that visa renewal requests may be denied.

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 in Zone A of the West Bank (Jericho, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, Tul Karem, Jenin, etc.).  Post recommends that grantees find lodging in the above mentioned locations. The location of all proposed residences must be individually reviewed by the U.S. Embassy's RSO and approved by the Office of Palestinian Affairs. The grantee must share their contact information and their home address as soon as they obtain it. Furthermore, RSO will provide grantees with emergency contact information for the U.S. Embassy (Post One) and local emergency services.

Travel: Due to security concerns, grantees are prohibited from hitchhiking and caution is advised when using public buses. 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 Office of Palestinian Affairs. While in the West Bank and Jerusalem, grantees must be reachable by U.S government 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 Post travel policy, the Palestinian Affairs Unit will coordinate notification to the grantees and notify RSO. Grantees may not travel to the Gaza Strip under any conditions. Grantees should avoid refugee camps and all demonstrations.

Contact Policy: Current U.S. policy prohibits recipients of U.S. government funding from having contact with members of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). A list of such organizations is available on the internet at the Bureau of Counterterrorism's website. If you have any doubt about whether you may contact a specific individual or institution, please contact the Office of Palestinian Affairs in Jerusalem.

Security: Grantees must receive a security briefing from the RSO after arriving in Jerusalem and before beginning their program in the West Bank. Grantees must register through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive security updates for the American community. Grantees are advised to read the Travel Warning and Country Specific Information for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza prior to arrival. Failure to comply with the above rules is grounds for immediate termination of the grant.

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