Fulbright Scholar Award

Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program

Application Deadline
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Award Code
13475-MC
Activity Type
Research
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.
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
3
Award Start Period
September 2023
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May 2024
Award Length
3 months
-
10 months
Flex Option
Yes
Country
Multi-country
Bahrain
Egypt
Israel
Jordan
Kuwait
Morocco
Oman
Palestinian Territories (West Bank)
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Tunisia
United Arab Emirates
Multi-Country/Area Award
Yes
Disciplines
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing

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

Conduct research in two or three of the participating countries or locations within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Scholars must be approved for research in at least two countries or locations in order to receive the award. Final awards are contingent upon each host country/location approval and clearance by host countries, as appropriate.

Locations
Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Any appropriate institutions in two or three of the following locations in the Middle East and North Africa: Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Palestinian Territories (West Bank).

Award Length and Period

Three to nine months; For Flex grants, see Flex Description.

Grants may begin anytime after September 1, 2023. Grant start date may vary by grant duration proposed. Grant durations are preferred during academic calendar. Summer months are on a case-by-case basis in consultation with host institution, and may require additional approvals. All non-Flex grants must be completed by August  31, 2024. 

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)
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 Additional Information

Citizenship/Residency Requirements vary by country:

  • Bahrain – all U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, regardless of dual citizenship or residency. 
  • Egypt – all U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, regardless of dual citizenship or residency. 
  • Israel – Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
  • Jordan – Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
  • Kuwait – Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
  • Morocco – Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
  • Oman – Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award. Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
  • Qatar – all U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, regardless of dual citizenship or residency.
  • Saudi Arabia – Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award. Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
  • Tunisia - all U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, regardless of dual citizenship or residency.
  • United Arab Emirates – Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award. Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
  • Palestinian Territories (West Bank) – all U.S. citizens are eligible to apply, regardless of dual citizenship or residency.

Proposals must provide a detailed itinerary of proposed travel to each country, including proposed host institutions and letters from appropriate institutions confirming affiliation in each country.

  • Bahrain – A letter of invitation should not be sought
  • Egypt – A letter of invitation is optional
  • Israel – A letter of invitation is required
  • Jordan – A letter of invitation is strongly preferred
  • Kuwait – A letter of invitation is strongly preferred
  • Morocco – A letter of invitation is preferred
  • Oman – A letter of invitation is preferred
  • Qatar – A letter of invitation should not be sought
  • Saudi Arabia – A letter of invitation is preferred
  • Tunisia - A letter of invitation is preferred
  • United Arab Emirates – A letter of invitation is required
  • Palestinian Territories (West Bank) – A letter of invitation is preferred
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

Language proficiency sufficient to complete the research project is required. English may be sufficient depending on location. However, feasability of conducting the project in English must be demonstrated in the project statement. Applicants must submit the language proficiency external evaluation if English is not sufficient.

Please note that for projects that include Morocco and/or Tunisia, a one- or two-page Arabic or French summary of the research project is required with the application. Please review the latest application guidance on providing this summary. 

Additional Qualification Information

Professionals who have a demonstrated record of research will be considered.

Award Allowances

Monthly benefits will follow the rates for Researchers of Fulbright U.S. Scholar grants in each proposed country. These figures can be found under the "Award Benefits" tab on the award pages for the proposed countries in the catalog.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Round-trip, economy-class, international travel arranged by travel agent selected by IIE, for scholar and up to two accompanying dependents. An allowance will be provided to cover the costs associated with relocation and excess baggage.

For Flex grants: round trip travel will be included for each segment of the grant for the grantee only.

Estimated Book and Research Allowance

$2,000 research allowance.

For Flex grants: the research allowance will be divided by the number of segments.

Additional Dependent Benefits

Dependent benefits will follow the rates of Fulbright U.S. Scholar grants in each proposed country. These figures can be found under the "Award Benefits" tab on the award pages for the proposed countries in the catalog.

For Flex grants: dependent monthly allowances, travel, and 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.

Countries Overview

This award is intended for applicants whose research projects are historical or contemporary in focus, comparative or regional in scope, or based on data collected in several countries. The project must be conducted in two or three countries of the region for applications to be considered. Projects that involve collaboration with host country colleagues and institutions, and that will contribute to cooperation among countries of the region, are particularly encouraged. Projects may be undertaken in the following areas of the Middle East and North Africa: Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories (West Bank), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates. For more details on each country requirments or potential points of contacts, please click on the country link.

Bahrain

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The Kingdom of Bahrain has been one of the Gulf’s most important commercial and cultural crossroads for over 4,000 years. The capital city Manama is home to modern skyscrapers and air-conditioned shopping malls, as well as traditional homes and towering minarets. Host institutions in Bahrain will consider placements in a wide variety of fields; however, most successful applicants are able to demonstrate how their field of study can contribute to promoting Bahrain’s economic future, whether through the arts or traditional economic development, banking and finance, and entrepreneurship. Academic semesters are September through January and January through June.

Egypt

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

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 usteam@bfce.eun.eg.

Binational Fulbright Commission in Egypt: https://fulbright-egypt.org/

Israel

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The United States–Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), also known as Fulbright Israel, was established in 1956 by the governments of the United States and Israel to administer the Fulbright Program in Israel. USIEF is funded by the United States and Israeli Governments and is governed by a binational Board of Directors. The Foundation aims to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Israel by means of student and faculty exchanges at the highest possible level of academic excellence. USIEF offers a variety of fellowships and opportunities for research, teaching and a combination of both in Israel. Israel is a unique destination for research and professional development and serves as a hub for academic exellence, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Erika Tritle, Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2020, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev indicated that "a postdoc in Israel combines access to world-class scholars and academic resources with the amazing experience of living in one of the most fascinating and historically-rich regions of the world. My family and I have been grateful to meet so many people who are willing to invite us into their lives here. The Fulbright staff have helped at every stage with logistics, questions, connections, and providing opportunities to encounter Israel beyond the tourist’s surface."

Paul Sharp, Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow 2021-2023 at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, commented that, “My experience as a postdoc in Israel has exceeded my expectations. Working with unparalleled leaders in my field at Hebrew University, along with a welcoming and ambitious community of students, has created the conditions for my scientific creativity to reach new heights. I truly feel this is an inimitable training opportunity that positions me to attain a tenure-track position at a top department in the near future. Additionally, the Fulbright staff have been beyond supportive, making my transition to living in Israel a truly enjoyable experience."

Thomas Prendergast, Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow 2020-2022 at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem shared, "Israel offers world-class research support. Living in Jerusalem, I benefit from easy access to the National Library of Israel and Hebrew University Library system, and therefore have nearly every book and article I could possibly need right at my fingertips. As a scholar in the humanities working toward converting my dissertation into a book manuscript, I very much appreciate such easy access to library resources. There are also myriad opportunities to establish academic and personal connections with faculty at local universities and other visiting postdoctoral fellows. With the help of the Fulbright team and the International Office at my host university, I was able to successfully navigate the entry restrictions brought about by the Covid crisis and enjoy my time in the country with relatively few challenges."

Helpful links:

Jordan

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Living in Jordan can be a very rewarding experience on many different levels. Jordanian culture has a very Arabic and Islamic element to it with substantial Western influence. Its population is very diverse because of its strategic location. There are many attractive touristic sites and numerous places to explore. Jordanians are known to be gracious and friendly hosts. The climate is hot and dry in the summer and cold and rainy in the winter.

The academic year for both universities and schools in Jordan is from September to May/June and is usually divided into two semesters.  All schools in Jordan including public, private, and international schools follow a school calendar set by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

US Fulbright grantees to Jordan are expected to broaden and deepen their professional or academic knowledge; conduct collaborative research with foreign scholars; develop lasting professional and personal ties; and foster linkages between their home and host institutions. U.S. Fulbrighters to Jordan should fulfill their agreed terms and conditions of award and carry out the academic program outlined in their original applications. 

The Commission in Jordan is the main point of contact for all Fulbright grantees. The office of the Jordanian-American Commission for Educational Exchange, known as  the Fulbright House, is located in a villa in the quiet residential district of Shmeisani in Amman. The Fulbright House serves Jordanian and American students, scholars and professionals and provides a support network for all Fulbrighters in Jordan. The Fulbright House also serves as the umbrella institution for meetings or events convened by the Jordanian Fulbright Alumni Association and for the Hubert H. Humphrey Alumni Association of Jordan.

The Fulbright staff is committed to ensuring that each grantee becomes a member of our Fulbright family and feels that a home-away-from-home is ever present from the day of their arrival in the Kingdom. The Fulbright staff in Jordan regularly assist incoming Fulbrighters in securing suitable apartments and introducing them to the local community. The staff at the Fulbright House also provide assistance in securing residency and/or work permits, locating medical care, and providing guidance regarding medication needs.

For more information please visit the following helpful links:

Previous Fulbright Recipients

Blog posts from previous Fulbright scholars to Jordan:

Dr. Jesse Dizard lecturing at Yarmouk University

 

Kuwait

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

About Kuwait

In 2020, the population of Kuwait was estimated at 4,464,521 persons, according to the Kuwait General Statistical Bureau. 1.3 million are Kuwaitis and 3.2 are expatriates. The society is made up of different ethnic groups, including expats from western, Asian, and Arab countries. English is widely spoken.

Kuwait lies in the northwestern part of the Arabian Gulf. Its north-west borders are with Iraq, and its south and south-west borders are with Saudi Arabia. Its shores of the Arabian Gulf lie on the east. Kuwait has a continental climate characterized by its dry, hot, long summer and a short, warm winter with occasional rainfall. Dust storms often occur during the summer months. (Source: Kuwait Government Online)

Visa

Pre-covid, a tourist visa was granted upon arrival. Post-Covid, travelers have been asked to apply for the tourist electronic visa online. The tourist visa is free of charge and lasts for three months. Typically, the host institution assists grantees in renewing  the tourist visa every three months. Pandemic circumstances have disrupted the norm, and additional information will be provided upon selection. The Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait will provide the most up to date information after selection.

Housing

The U.S. Embassy will not be able to assist Fulbright grantees in securing housing for. Grantees should check with the host institution for advice. For temporary housing, a list of hotel apartments are available in Kuwait by visiting www.e.gov.kw, Visitors > Tourism In Kuwait > Hotels and Resorts.

Economy

Kuwait's economy is based on oil. Its currency, the Kuwaiti dinar, is the highest-valued unit of money in the world. There are non-petroleum industries such as financial services. The country is home to a large wealth-management industry. According to the World Bank, Kuwait is in the top-10 of the wealthiest countries in the world (per capita). (Source: Nationsonline.com)

Arts and Culture

There is no tourism sector in Kuwait. However, there are significant cultural establishments and museums that inform visitors about the rich history of Kuwait, including modern museums at Al-Shaheed Park, Kuwait’s largest urban park, and the memorial museum. Other large modern establishments include Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Center and Abdullah Alsalem Cultural Center. Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamiyyah, Bait Al-Sadu, and Tareq Rajab Museum are also highlights of Kuwait’s cultural scene.  Cultural establishments are managed by the Ministry of Information.

Kuwait has some of the best top-class shopping malls in the world that include an impressive variety of international brands. Some of the well-known shopping destinations are the Avenues Mall, Marina Mall, and 360 Mall. For more information about art and culture in  Kuwait, please visit http://www.kuwaitculture.com/.

Schooling Options for Dependents

The academic year in Kuwait runs from September to June. There might be changes in the academic year’s timeframe due to COVID-19.  Information on international schools in Kuwait and their fees are available on their websites.  

Transportation

Taxi services are the best option for transportation. 

Morocco

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. 

Oman

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The Fulbright Program in Oman began in 1995. The traditional U.S Scholar program is available for Americans to teach and/or conduct research, as well as conduct professional projects at higher education institutions in Oman. 

Visa/Residence

A visa is required for travel to Oman. Fulbrighters should contact their host institutions for guidance on visa type, valdity duration, and associated fees. 

Transportation

Taxis are the best way to get around in Oman’s major cities, and negotiating fares must be done before beginning the ride. Grantees can drive in Oman with a foreign driver’s license or an international driving permit for up to three months. After three months, participants will need to convert their valid driving permit into an Omani driving permit. Short-term visitors with a U.S. driver’s license may drive rental but not privately registered vehicles. Renting a car is a great way to explore the country during a short-term visit.

Housing

It will be the grantee's responsibility to secure housing, and rental properties are plentiful in Oman. The U.S. Embassy will not be able to assist, but will provide suggested neighborhoods. 

Schooling Options for Dependents

There are a few international schools in Oman. Information and contact are available on their websites. There are also several preschools with morning-only programs. 

Healthcare 

Hospitals and clinics in Muscat are modern and clean, and the quality of service will vary. The Embassy’s health unit recommends that participants are current on polio, meningitis, tetanus, measles, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, and typhoid vaccinations.

Shopping 

Larger cities in Oman, like Muscat and Salalah, have an ample variety of places to shop for groceries, clothing, and other items. Grocery stores, as well as shopping malls, have set prices, but there is room for bargaining in the local souks.

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.

Qatar

What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

The Fulbright Program in Qatar began in 1995 and supports both U.S. and Qatari scholars. The traditional U.S. Scholar Program is small but impactful, placing U.S. scholars primarily at Qatar University and more recently, Hamad bin Khalifa University. Qatar has positioned itself as a regional epicenter for research and teaching, which offers a unique opportunity for U.S. scholars interested in the Middle East region. Qatar has focused on developing its reputation for world-class education, research institutions, centers of cultural and artistic excellence, and global philanthropy. Qatar is rapidly preparing the entire country for hosting the 2022 World Cup.  

Qatar is considered as one of the safest countries in the world and both visitors and residents can experience the courteous and hospitable nature of Arab culture. The official language of the country is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood. Islam is the official religion of the country.  

The working week in Qatar is from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday (a sacred day of worship for Muslims) and usually Saturday being days off.  

Academic terms in Qatar are September through January and February through June. The Academic calendar is usually published at the Qatari official e-Government portal https://hukoomi.gov.qa/. This portal makes government information accessible to all citizens, residents, and visitors. Most of the portal’s pages and the websites of the ministries and other governmental websites are available in Arabic and English. 

Qatar’s population in October 2021 was 2,659,329, according to the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA). The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QAR). The exchange parity has been set at the fixed rate of USD1 = QAR3.64. Qatar has one of the fastest growing economies and the highest per capita income in the world. 

The country has a moderate desert climate with mild winters and hot summers. Humidity levels can be very high on the coast during the summer months. Most places such as shopping malls, restaurants and cinemas are air‐conditioned.  

Qatar has a good developing healthcare system that has been ranked in the world’s top five in terms of quality of care. All residents with a valid ID and residence permit, including expats, can access public healthcare in Qatar. Healthcare in Qatar is overseen by the Ministry of Public Health

The telecommunications system is currently being upgraded to an entirely fibre-optic network. Qatar was ranked among the top 3 in the world in terms of mobile internet speed in 2021, with an average download speed of 178 Mbps and an average upload speed of 30 Mbps. Learn more here

The country is served by Hamad International Airport (HIA). HIA is Qatar’s gateway to the world, and the home and hub of Qatar Airways, Qatar’s five-star airline. HIA serves over 360,000 flights and 30 million passengers every year. 

Metered taxis and limousines are easy to find and there is a comprehensive public transport system. Rideshare is also available. The Doha Metro is fully operational and has three lines (Red, Gold and Green) and 37 stations.  

Qatar University (QU) hosts ten colleges and offers the widest range of academic programs -- 48 Bachelors, 32 Masters, nine Ph.D. programs, four Diplomas, and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). Research is an integral part of the academic environment at QU and is bolstered by the Research Complex, and 17 research centers of excellence.  Read more about QU at http://www.qu.edu.qa/ 

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is a member of Qatar Foundation and is located within Education City. The university boasts three national research institutes, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), which were established in 2011 in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 to seek novel solutions to grand challenges facing Qatar and the region. Learn more about HBKU: https://www.hbku.edu.qa/ 

Saudi Arabia

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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.

Previous Fulbright Recipients
Dr. Youssef Sari at a gathering with university faculty from King Saud University.

 

Tunisia

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One of the world’s newest democracies, Tunisia is a friendly and open country undergoing a fascinating transition. French and Arabic are the official languages, but English is becoming much more widely spoken among young people. English is the official language at one public university (Tunis Business School) and university deans across the country are eager for English-speaking professors in a range of fields. Although Tunisia’s outward orientation has traditionally been directed toward Europe, the country’s youth are very interested in the United States as a model for higher education.

Tunisia’s rich history (including world-class Roman ruins), beautiful scenery (including Mediterranean beaches and the Sahara), and a dynamic civil society make it an attractive destination for scholars. Harvard University and Columbia University have permanent offices here and an increasing number of American universities are establishing exchange programs in Tunisia.

COVID-19 Guidance: Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to arrive in Tunisia fully vaccinated for your health and safety. While the numbers of COVID cases have begun to decrease at the time of this update (December 2021), Tunisian hospitals are still supporting a large load of COVID cases. Public hospitals may not have the same quality of care as in the United States, and private care can vary in quality and cost depending on location and medical circumstances. For the most updated information on COVID-19, please contact the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy as the situation continues to evolve, noting that Tunisia has recently enacted a sanitary pass in order to access most services. 

General Medical Care: As a grantee, you would not be covered by the Tunisian public health care system, and medical facilities do not accept American insurance. You would be expected to pay for any medical services directly. Facilities will provide receipts that you can submit for reimbursement to your insurance company. Please note that it is advisable to bring adequate supplies of prescription medications for any chronic health problems and that not all prescription medications available in the United States are legal in other countries. Grantees taking prescription medications who have concerns should discuss them with the Public Affairs Section. 

Housing: Housing options can vary depending on placement and location within Tunisia. Some host institutions will provide furnished apartments for grantees’ use. However, we recommend that you consult with your host institution on housing options prior to your arrival in country. Please note that housing in certain areas of Tunis is more expensive than housing in other cities. 

Dependents: For dependent children who will be based in Tunis, The American Cooperative School is popular with American families. Interested grantees should contact the school in advance to enroll their children. Very few other schools offer English-language education in Tunisia, although there are many French and Arabic language schools throughout the country. 

Contact: For more information, contact U.S. Embassy Tunis EOL and Professional Exchanges Specialist Mehdi Darghouth (DarghouthM@state.gov).

 

Previous Fulbright Recipients
Dr. BelGacem Raggad, IT Professor from Pace University in New York conducting a presentation on Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity at the Higher Institute of Commercial Studies of Carthage in Tunisia

 

United Arab Emirates

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United Arab Emirates

Overview

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is situated in the Southeast of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering Oman and Saudi Arabia. UAE is a federation of seven emirates - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain, and Fujairah, and Ras Al Khaimah. The capital city is Abu Dhabi, located in the largest and wealthiest of the seven emirates. In December 2021, the UAE celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Since its founding in 1971, the UAE has developed rapidly and is known for its modern infrastructure, international events, and status as a trade and transport hub.

 

UAE Population and Language:

Although Arabic is the official language of the country, English is widely spoken and understood. Other languages spoken in the UAE include Hindi, Malayan, Urdu, Pashto, Tagalog, and Persian.  Nearly 85% of the population lives in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah.  The UAE is also currently hosting a world expo in Dubai, which concludes on March 31, 2022.  Expo Dubai has brought together more than 180 countries from all over the world.  Expo, and the UAE in general, have become a widely known tourist destination.

 

Business and economy:

The UAE has an open economy with a high per capita income and a sizable annual trade surplus. The UAE is also one of the most diversified countries in the Gulf and successful efforts at economic diversification have focused on tourism and trade.

 

Food:

Given the diversity of the UAE, one can find a wide range of culinary establishments and choices.  International fast food and fine dining restaurants are abundant across the UAE.

 

Housing:

Property rentals change depending on the Emirate, and Abu Dhabi has the highest average rental rates.   For example, Al Reem island in Abu Dhabi is very popular and is currently one of the most in-demand areas in Abu Dhabi for properties.  Yearly rental rates in Abu Dhabi can range between AED 50,000 for a studio apartment to AED 100,000 for a two-bedroom apartment.  Housing prices in Dubai differ based on proximity to the city center.      

 

Schools:

The UAE has numerous K-12 private school options for expats throughout the country.  When registering for school, it is important to understand the different grade levels.  For example, ‘KG1’ in the UAE is the same as pre-school in the United States.  Tuition for KG1 ranges between $5,000 and $16,000 USD per year.

 

Safety and Security:

For the latest travel information, please visit:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/UnitedArabEmirates.html

All travelers are also encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program before traveling. https://step.state.gov/

 

 

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